White & Case has the blues over oligarch case conflict

Monday. The first day of the week and a chance to start all over again. Which should be a relief for members of the litigation team at White & Case London, whose previous last week ended on a shocker.

In case you missed it, the firm effectively got thrown off what is likely to be one of the year’s biggest cases, the battle of the Ukranian oligarchs Victor Pinchuk and his rivals Gennady Bogoliubov and Igor Kolomoisky. An apparent conflict of interest – the firm maintains there was no actual breach of client confidentiality though Mr Justice Field was convinced enough of the risk of a conflict to call ‘curtains’ – is to blame.

Whoever’s right, the upshot is that White & Case is history as far as this one is concerned and the door is open to a rival with disputes muscle and a nice line in billionaire battles.

Don’t worry White & Case, there’s always tomorrow.

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