Have we done this?
"Over the period 2011-March 2013, the Claimant (“ENRC”), an international mining conglomerate and at the time a FTSE 100 Plc, retained the services of the solicitors’ firm Dechert which acted principally through its then partner, Mr Neil Gerrard. The initial purpose of Dechert’s retainer was to lead an investigation into some of the activities of an ENRC subsidiary called SSGPO which operated in Kazakhstan.
On 9 August 2011, there appeared an article in The Times which was highly damaging to ENRC and clearly based on leaked documents, some of which were privileged (“the August Article”). Very shortly after, on 10 August, the Chief Investigator of the SFO, Mr McCarthy wrote to ENRC (“the SFO Letter”).
The allegations against both sets of defendants are of the most serious kind. The core allegation against Dechert and Mr Gerrard is that over the period of the retainer (and in one case beyond it) Mr Gerrard acted not merely negligently but deliberately or at least recklessly, without the authority of ENRC and plainly against its interests. ENRC says, first, that Mr Gerrard was himself the instigator of one or more of the leaks which led to the August, December, and March 2013 Articles.
In my judgment, I found that Mr Gerrard was indeed the instigator of all three leaks to the press. I further found that he engaged with Mr Alderman without authority prior to the August Article, at least alerting Mr Alderman to it. Mr Alderman then tipped Mr Gerrard off about the forthcoming SFO Letter and Mr Gerrard was informed about it on the day it was sent. "
Have there ever been more egregious findings against a solicitor? Certainly must be up there.