Signature Litigation and Partners Graham Huntley and Simon Bushell have been featured in Legal Business’s Disputes Yearbook 2018 articles “Boutiques: Highly evolved” and “The Bar Elite: Silk and steel”.
Boutiques: Highly evolved
“With the disputes market evolving and clients becoming more discerning, it has been a phenomenal ten years for boutique law firms focused on litigation. The pressure on generalist, mid-market dispute teams has played towards this dynamic, leaving true contentious specialists increasingly going head-to-head with the traditional London elite…
“…Growth has been dramatic at Signature. The firm capped off a run of high-profile mandates to record a 16% uptick in revenue for the 2016/17 financial year. Among the cases was The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) group action, in which the firm represented thousands of investors in a £4bn rights-issue dispute. Under Signature’s profit-sharing scheme, 21% of profits were paid out to staff.
“Signature partner Graham Huntley, who led for the firm on the RBS case, comments: ‘We take the benefits of our simplicity and efficiency to offer clients lower-charging models. It would also have been a great shame if we hadn’t taken the opportunity of a blank sheet of paper to create a whole new economic and management model for law firms, which is what we did six years ago.’”
The Bar Elite: Silk and steel
“Despite Brexit, costs pressures and the loss of financial crisis work, reports of the commercial Bar’s decline are overblown. We identify the sets and the silks redefining the modern Bar”
Commenting on Mark Hapgood QC of Brick Court Chambers, Graham Huntley said: “in an increasingly inhospitable litigation environment, [Mark] stands out as a first class human being as well as advocate.”
“One of the biggest cases this year involves alleged bribery: Bluewaters Communications Holdings v Bayerische Landesbank (BLB). It follows the 2016 sale to CVC Capital Partners of BLB’s stake in Formula One Group, authorised by its former chief executive Bernie Ecclestone. Signature Litigation partner Simon Bushell has retained Tim Lord QC for Bluewaters; Linklaters has instructed Helen Davies QC for BLB; Robert Miles QC and Richard Hill QC (both 4 Stone Buildings) have been instructed by HSF for Ecclestone; while Brick Court’s Michael Bools QC and Fountain Court’s Bankim Thanki QC are acting for Bambino Holdings.”