Pinsent Masons has a high volume, big-ticket litigation practice. We have been consistently recognised by independent commentators as one of the leading commercial litigation practices in UK, with a strong reputation for our commercial approach to resolving business disputes and, when cases do go to trial, a track record of winning. Increasingly, the market now sees us as a litigation powerhouse in the scale and complexity of what we do, and the results that we deliver.
We are also one of only four law firms to consistently feature in the top ten most innovative law firms in the last four years; technology continues to underpin everything we do – e.g. our investment in an in-house team of eDiscovery experts, to help clients reduce the cost and complexity of large-scale litigation.
What we are known for:
A multi-disciplinary approach, as a professional services firm with law at its core:
• we have a two-partner forensic accountancy team who ensure that the commercial, financial and accounting aspects of disputes in litigation are considered in conjunction with the legal aspects (including through implementing decision tree analysis across our matters). They conduct investigations, they advise on accounting standards and approaches where relevant, and they work with independent accounting experts to ensure seamless instruction and delivery;
• we now have our own advocacy unit to deliver advocacy services to clients and to provide seamless holistic delivery of their litigation requirements as well as using the external Bar;
• our e-Data Advisors work alongside our litigators and clients to advise on best practice, on the appropriate use of technology and analytics, and on the appropriate course of action to take in progressing all aspects of e-disclosure. They interface with the chosen supplier on each e–Discovery exercise that we undertake, to verify and validate the suppliers' processes, costs, and advise on how to proceed, and then to ensure quality control. It is extremely uncommon for law firms to be able to call upon an internal team with so many years of client and supplier side experience in the e-Discovery sector (since its inception). This is vital given the onus that now exists on law firms to ensure that they use the available technology to get to the documents that matter quickly and cost-effectively;
• our legal project managers (LPMs) ensure cases are run in a streamlined and cost-effective way. Trained in best practice by the Association of Project Managers and experienced in their fields, our LPMs apply the principles and practice of project management to deliver client legal projects on time and within budget. They drive value by taking admin time away from our lawyers so they can focus on what matters most for our clients;
• we have developed our own team of 30 in-house software developers and technology specialists. They design and implement efficiency-boosting technology solutions such as: online portals; document automation; due diligence tools; data analytics; and much more. For example, we utilise our own innovative technology (CostTool) for transparent tracking and reporting of project activities and spend.
Deep sector knowledge differentiates us from other law firms – clients tell us they want advisers who understand the issues for their industries and in the markets in which they operate – including energy, financial institutions, technology, pharma, retail, healthcare, life sciences and manufacturing. We have litigators who focus on each area to ensure that our clients have access to the right skillsets and experience for the job.
Core commercial and corporate litigation – great depth of experience dealing with breach of contract claims, breach of warranty, sale of goods claims, shareholder disputes, joint venture disputes and all forms of Companies Act litigation, including disputes arising from equity capital markets including IPOs. We frequently obtain injunctive relief on behalf of clients and are very much a “full service” litigation offering.
Advising and supporting clients throughout the lifecycle of a dispute – e.g. we advise on PR, crisis management and communications strategies to businesses and individuals involved in disputes; including running and co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional and cross-border litigation.
Litigation funding – we have agreed an innovative £25m litigation funding facility with the UK’s largest litigation and disputes funder Augusta Ventures. Our unique ‘preferred supplier’ arrangement offers clients the benefit of a dedicated facility at preferred rates, including a fast-tracked due diligence process and transparent commercial terms. We also work with a range of other litigation funders.
Scaleability – Our ability to draw talent from across our office network, combined with the flexible solutions offered by our global market leading Vario offering, means we can rapidly scale up to meet the demands of large, complex matters and equally reduce costs by scaling down teams as and when appropriate. This includes scalability for document review exercises using Relativity-trained lawyers cost effectively at very short notice. By way of example, we recently asked Vario to provide a team of 25 qualified lawyers with Relativity experience and with three months of availability on an urgent basis. Vario identified a pool of 27 qualified lawyers who had been vetted and who were project-ready within 72 hours (which ran over a weekend). We therefore have an almost unique capability to ramp up resource for any contentious instruction.
In summary, in everything we do, we look to be different, we look to make a difference, and we succeed.