When Mark Humphries left Linklaters in 2009 to found a specialist litigation practice the cat was truly set among the pigeons in the City commercial disputes market.
Mark’s vision was to create a lean and highly skilled practice, largely free of conflicts, which could go head to head with the top-tier City firms in high stakes litigation at highly competitive rates. For the first time clients were able to engage the very best representation at a cost which is more typical of mid-tier practices. For like-minded practitioners the firm offered a refreshing and dynamic working environment, free of outdated hierarchies and politics, where the work and the clients come first.
The firm has a “reputation is everything” ethos. It is widely regarded as having a unique position in the market in terms of the quality of its instructions and the experience and skills of its partners. That reputation is reflected in the substantial instructions it receives from both claimants and defendants, including leading FTSE 100 companies and international investment banks, and the international element to much of its work. It is this reputation and portfolio of work which sets the firm apart from competitors.
Manageable overheads, focused staffing with no billing targets and the ability to strip a dispute down to its core determinative issues ensure that clients receive the most efficient representation in their most difficult and valuable disputes.
We believe we are unique amongst our competitors in publishing our hourly rates.
We believe in access to justice and are experienced in putting in place innovative funding and insurance arrangements in suitable cases to meet that end.