Awarded Commercial Litigation Team of the Year 2019
29 Mar 2019
International law firm Simmons & Simmons has been named Commercial Litigation Team of the Year at the 2019 Legal Business awards. The category identifies an outstanding piece of commercial litigation work undertaken by the winning team, and which achieves an impressive result for the client.
Our team was awarded the title, in conjunction with Travers Smith, for successfully defending Grant Thornton and Johannes Johannsson (respectively) against claims brought by the Tchenguiz brothers.
The litigation was exceptionally hard-fought and complex, in terms of the number and the range of contested issues as well as in terms of the volume of material to be marshalled, reviewed and considered. This widely-reported claim, brought in the Commercial Court against Grant Thornton UK LLP and others, was abandoned after just three days in Court of what was set to be a 12-week trial.
The results for Simmons & Simmons’ and Travers Smith’s clients could not have been better. Each firm assembled a large team, assisted by a team of four Counsel, who together ensured that the claims failed in their entirety and that our clients (the Defendants) were vindicated completely.
Commenting on the award win, Ian Hammond (Head of UK Dispute Resolution) said:
“We are delighted to be recipients of this award, which is testament to the hard work and technical expertise of the team which oversaw this case over a six-year period and brought about such an exceptional result for our clients.”
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