FFW pursues former client for unpaid fees

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) is heading for a High Court showdown with a former client, which is understood to have disputed that it ever instructed the firm.

FFW has filed a claim against US-based mobile entertainment company Rok Entertainment in a bid to recover £73,000 plus interest in alleged unpaid fees.

The firm argued that it was instructed by Rok to advise on the acquisition of Inter Credit Group, an English company with Swedish subsidiaries, but the claim form details apparent confusion as to whether FFW was ever engaged or not.

The claim form states: “Although there was no ­formal engagement letter, both parties understood that they had entered into a contract for the provision of legal services, which was created verbally and through conduct.”

It is alleged that when FFW chased up unpaid invoices Rok variously denied that it had instructed the firm. It also stated that it did not dispute that work was done for the company, but rather disputed the level of cost involved.

FFW and Rok both declined to comment.