We see advocacy as a key deliverable of the twenty-first century law firm.
Advocacy capability forms an integral part of our global Dispute Resolution practice, offering our clients an accessible and economic one-stop-shop service, advising on and preparing all aspects of cases before all courts and tribunals – either from the outset or ‘parachuting in’ in particularly complex or urgent cases.
Our experienced advocates work throughout our global network providing worldwide coverage that means we can offer clients bespoke cross-border teams within different time zones to provide round-the-clock advice; of particular importance when applying for or defending urgent injunctions and orders.
Because our advocates share facilities, case papers, culture and training with other team members working on the case, they gain a shared and detailed understanding of the dispute from day one and can lead the strategy from the outset. Briefing is quick and informal with simpler, more effective lines of communication and case preparation.
We are able to operate on hourly rates or alternative fee arrangements, dispensing with brief and refresher fees. This means our clock stops when the case settles, often leading to significant costs savings.
Our experience extends to all aspects of oral and written advocacy in domestic and international litigation, arbitration and mediation hearings. We have particular expertise in jurisdiction challenges, the recognition and enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards, injunctions in support of foreign proceedings, letters of request and witness statements in support of foreign proceedings.
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Tom is a QC and head of Herbert Smith Freehills' advocacy group. He is a leading advocate in courts and tribunals at interim, trial and all appellate levels both in England and Wales and a number of offshore jurisdictions. He is also a Deputy High Court Judge and acts as arbitrator.