Mishcon de Reya

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Mishcon de Reya LLP
Mishcon de Reya logo.png
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
No. of offices Two
No. of lawyers Over 500
No. of employees Over 800
Major practice areas Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Mishcon Private, Real Estate
Key people Kevin Gold
Managing Partner
Revenue £149.4 million
Profit per equity partner £1.2 million
Date founded 1937 (London)
Company type Limited liability partnership
Website mishcon.com

Mishcon de Reya LLP is a British law firm with offices in London and New York. Founded in 1937, it currently employs more than 800 people with over 500 lawyers.[1] In March 2017, the firm was announced Law Firm of the Year at the Legal Business Awards.[2] Mishcon de Reya achieved revenue of £149.4m in 2016/17: a increase on 2015/16. PEP (Profit per Senior Equity Partner) hit £1.1m in 2017, a 10% increase on 2015/16.[3]

Main practice areas[edit]

Mishcon de Reya's main practice areas are:

  • Corporate
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment
  • Mishcon Private
  • Real Estate

History[edit]

Mishcon de Reya was formed by the merger of Victor Mishcon & Co, a one man office founded by Victor Mishcon, and Bartletts de Reya.

In 2008, the firm launched the specialist 'Pink Law' Legal Advice Centre in conjunction with Queen Mary, University of London and two other city law firms. The project offers free and impartial legal advice on issues affecting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, such as employment discrimination, civil partnerships and cohabitation.[4]

In January 2010 Mishcon de Reya opened an associated office in New York, Mishcon de Reya New York LLP.

The firm became a limited liability partnership on 9 October 2015.

Mishcon de Reya was named Law Firm of the Year at The Legal Business Awards 2017.[5]

Notable clients[edit]

In 1995, the firm gained attention when Anthony Julius represented Diana, Princess of Wales in her divorce.

In 2000, the firm represented Deborah Lipstadt in the case David Irving v Penguin Books and Deborah Lipstadt. The 2016 film Denial was based on this case.

Mishcon de Reya's Employment team wins a ground-breaking victory in the UK Supreme Court on behalf of its client, Krista Bates van Winkelhof, in which it was determined that members of LLPs do have the protection of whistleblowing legislation.[6]

In 2016 the Supreme Court ruled financial claims can be brought over 20 years after divorce for client Kathleen Wyatt.[7]

In 2016, the firm was accused of inappropriately pressuring the Crown Prosecution Service to bring a rape case to trial because of lack of evidence; the defendant was acquitted in 26 minutes. Alison Levitt QC, a former Crown Prosecution Service lawyer, and Sue Akers, a former Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner who led Scotland Yard’s phone hacking cases were involved in the case.[8]

In 2016 the company co-ordinated a challenge in the High Court by Gina Miller, an investment manager and philanthropist, against the process of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union. The law firm was subjected to abuse as a result of its involvement in the case, and Brexit supporters mounted a protest outside the firm's offices.[9] The Government in January 2017, appealed the High Court ruling to the Supreme Court, but were unsuccessful. In a majority decision, it ruled that Parliament must vote on whether the Government can start the process of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union.[10]

See also[edit]

In 2016, Mishcon de Reya and children's charity Place2Be produced a book written for adults by children on the topic of parental separation 'Splitting Up: A Child's Guide to a Grown Up Problem'.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Legal 500 > Mishcon de Reya LLP > London, ENGLAND > What the firm says". www.legal500.com. Retrieved 2017-05-24. 
  2. ^ McAteer</a>, <a href="/index.php/mark-mcateer-s-blog" title="View all articles from Mark McAteer">Mark. "Mishcon, A&O and Freshfields major winners at 2017 Legal Business Awards | www.legalbusiness.co.uk". www.legalbusiness.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-24. 
  3. ^ Farman</a>, <a href="/index.php/component/authorlist/author/71-mfarman" title="View all articles from Madeleine Farman">Madeleine. "Financials 2017: Mishcon breaking targets again as revenue doubles in five years | www.legalbusiness.co.uk". www.legalbusiness.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-07-04. 
  4. ^ "Mishcon joins 'Pink Law' advice initiative". The Lawyer. 17 November 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Mishcon, A&O and Freshfields are major winners at 2017 Legal Business awards". Legal Business. 24 March 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Clydes settles whistleblowing claim with former partner Bates van Winkelhof". The Lawyer. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Woman could win cash payout 20 years after divorce". BBC News. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  8. ^ Francis, Jenny (29 July 2016). "SHOCKING LENGTHS TO GET SIR Mega-rich parents of troubled schoolgirl behind false rape claim against teacher spent £250k on investigator, lawyers and therapy". The Sun. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  9. ^ Bowcott, Owen (19 July 2016). "Theresa May does not intend to trigger article 50 this year, court told". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  10. ^ Corporation, British Broadcasting (24 January 2017). "Brexit: Supreme Court says Parliament must give Article 50 go-ahead". BBC. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "How does it feel when your parents divorce? Children speak out". The Times. 24 January 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 

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