Replacement silk found for Thyssen case

Norton Rose has finally replaced its counsel on the £1.2bn dispute involving Baron Von Thyssen-Bornemisza’s family.

Trevor Philipson QC at Fountain Court is replacing Nicholas Patten QC, who was acting as lead counsel for the trustees in the Thyssen case.

Patten left the case after he was invited to become a High Court judge (The Lawyer, 11 September).

The case is one of the most expensive pieces of litigation ever undertaken within the Commonwealth, and involves the control of the family’s £1.2bn empire.

Norton Rose corporate litigation partners James Bagge and Anthony Dutton were acting with Patten.

It is believed that Norton Rose had some difficulty in attracting a silk to the case, as it is predicted that it could last for at least another year. The case began in October 1999.

Norton Rose wanted the proceedings to resume in November, but the case has been postponed until January at the request of the Baron’s lawyers, led by Michael Crystal QC of 3-4 South Square, subject to interlocutory hearings.