Dawsons settles its Simmons fees dispute

Dawsons has “amicably settled” a High Court claim for unpaid fees.

Simmons & Simmons launched the £103,000 claim against Dawsons on 2 June, alleging that Dawsons had repeatedly ignored attempts made by Simmons to get it to pay its legal fees.

According to the High Court claim, Dawsons partner Ute Mueller instructed Paris-based Simmons partner Philippe Royou over a five-year period between 2001 and 2006.

he firm provided tax advice to Dawsons’ client Jean Chalopin, the cartoonist behind ­Inspector Gadget, who bought a $57m (£37.9m) chateau outside Paris.

The claim, issued by London-based Simmons partner Philip Vaughan, alleges that of the 17 invoices issued to Dawsons by the firm only 14 have been paid. “The claim­ant has repeatedly tried to make contact with the defendant in the period since the invoice became due to discuss why payment has not been made,” the claim states.

Since November 2009, Simmons has written to Dawson nine times demanding payment.

The firms settled the ­dispute as The Lawyer went to press on Friday.