London firms fight over clients in Shell case

Leading London firm Leigh Day has been supported by a London court in a dispute with another law firm about the representation of Nigerian clients seeking compensation from oil giant Shell.

Taina Sohlman

Leigh Day told the Technological and Construction Court, part of the High Court, that some of its clients on the case had been transferred to another firm, CW Law Solicitors. It also urged the court to block a settlement which CW Law had agreed with Shell over an oil spill in the Niger delta in 2008 and 2009. The court held that the CW Law agreement should have no effect in the courts of England and Wales. 


Martyn Day, Leigh Day’s senior partner, said: ‘We are very pleased that the judge agreed to block the deal between Shell and CW Law as far as our clients are concerned. This paltry deal may have been lucrative to the lawyers involved but it would have meant‎, for those of our clients caught by it, peanuts.’ Source: The Guardian

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