A Tear for Devonshires, Dry Eyes for Mishcon

A couple of interesting legal stories coming out of the UK this week.

First, as I’m sure many of you have already read, Kevin Steele – former partner at Mishcon de Reya – was found guilty on Monday of conspiring in a €22-million loan fraud. He and conspirators Michael Shephard and Mark Pattinson used false bank documents as collateral in securing millions from Switzerland-based EFG Private Bank. Mishcon, which dismissed Steele in 2008 when the allegations came to light, declined comment. Jonathan Russell reports on the story for The Telegraph.

Perhaps Steele should have shed a tear or two during his testimony. … That’s the advice that one Japan-based hedge fund manager claims she got from a London-based Devonshires lawyer for a potential sex-discrimination case. According to the London Evening Standard, Celia Farnon claimed that Devonshires partner Nicola Philp suggested she should cry during a meeting with her boss — advice that Farnon claims botched the case, and led Farnon to file suit against Philp in a multi-million-pound compensation claim. High Court Justice Owen threw the case out yesterday, saying he “unhesitatingly preferred” the “reliable, careful and straightforward” evidence of Philp, who asserts that she never gave Farnon any advice on launching a discrimination case.

And anyway, a few tears couldn’t have hurt that much. I guess the trick is to learn how to shed believable tears. — David Dias

One comment on “A Tear for Devonshires, Dry Eyes for Mishcon

  1. Electronic Discovery Guy
    December 9, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    Very informative post, thank you for sharing with us!

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