Litigation and things

Service by Facebook

In February 2012 Stephenson Harwood became the first UK firm to file a court claim via Facebook. Mr. Justice Teare empowered SH for broker TFS Derivatives to use the social networking site to track down former employee Fabio de Biase as part of a suit brought against the company by investment manager AKO Capital. The method of serving court papers has precedent, with those innovative types Down Under in Australia and New Zealand having already filed claims using the social networking site.

It’s a salutary message that it is just as easy to ignore a Facebook message (for some) as it is to ignore a letter dropping through your letterbox. But the assumption will be that Fabio de Biase, will have received his message – particularly given the lively media attention attached to its method of delivery.

Fees nice

Weil Gotshal & Manges’ fees on the Lehman Brothers administration have reached almost $400m (£254m) as of March 2012, as the bank emerges from ‘bankruptcy’ more than three years after its collapse, reports The Am Law Daily.

e-disclosure still biting solicitors backsides
We hear that although apparently email was 20 years old on 11 March. 2012 and that might seem like a long time in the legal world (in London think 1996), two decades is barely the blink of an eye, so perhaps you would expect the process of e-discovery to have a few rough edges.
But Mr Justice Ramsey in the High Court has found a solicitor of client West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) went beyond the realms of patience when it cocked up the e-disclosure process and ordered it to pay £135,000 in wasted costs.

New Silks


The annual QC appointments are in and congratulations to the 88 barristers extraordinaire who took silk. Our particular congratulations go to Marc Rowlands and Piers Stansfield at Keating and Dominique Rawley and Stephen Walker at Atkin Chambers.

We also have a few honorary Solicitor QCs, namely Clyde & Co senior partner Michael Payton and Stephen Grosz, head of public law and human rights at Bindmans.

Occupy London loses ground at LSX

On 22 February a trio of Court of Appeal judges, led by Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger, slapped down Occupy London Stock Exchange’s last-gasp attempt to keep its St Paul’s camp.

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