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Not surprisingly, parties to litigation can find the experience very stressful and are desperately looking for an acceptable way out. I hope that my bringing to the team a fresh eye and a commercial approach will help achieve that.




Until February 2011, Lord Gold was a partner at the leading international law firm, Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills), having started his career there in 1973 when he joined the firm as an articled clerk (trainee in today's language). He joined the litigation practice in 1975 and became a partner in 1983, head of litigation in 2003 and Senior Partner in 2005, a position he held until May 2010. Lord Gold has a pre-eminent reputation as litigator and is recognised as one of the country's leading litigators by all of the top legal directories.

Lord Gold's clients have included many FTSE 100 and leading international companies, major investment banks and high-profile individuals.


During his time as senior partner Lord Gold oversaw the firm's international expansion, notably in relation to the major emerging markets such as the Middle East, the opening of a new office in Spain, the growth of the banking and finance capability and the strengthening of the firm's distinctive 'twin engine', its increasingly integrated disputes and corporate practices.


If the job requires additional resource, Lord Gold has assembled a team of experienced practitioners with whom he has regularly worked who can provide expert assistance on governance and ethics, financial and regulatory issues, as well as on management and law.



  • Working with Italian lawyers to assist a UK corporate with major litigation in Italy

  • Instructed by the US Department of Justice as corporate monitor of BAE Systems Plc

  • Advising Rolls-Royce on ethics and governance

  • Advising a leading accounting firm on its approach to ethics

  • Working with Serco plc to monitor its corporate renewal programme

  • Working with English solicitors advising clients in relation to a major professional negligence action

  • Advising Mr Lev Leviev in his dispute with Mr Arkady Gaydamak, successfully won both at first instance and on appeal

  • Advising in relation to Mainstride Limited dispute with the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriyah, settled after trial

  • Advising a major media company in its dispute with one of its clients

  • Advising in relation to the sale of interests in a joint venture in Ghana and its claims against two financial institutions, one settled, the other ongoing

  • Assisting a partner in an international law firm in relation to his position following the discovery of regulatory irregularities

  • Acting as mediator in disputes concerning financial services and regulatory matters

Dispute experience at Herbert Smith


  • Representing Rumasa in its claims against Jose Maria Ruiz Mateos, investigating his fraud, and bringing proceedings in various jurisdictions to recover assets worldwide

  • Representing a major UK Plc and investigating corruption complaints arising out of Middle East Trade and, separately, in relation to a Joint Venture Agreement

  • Investigating for Britannia Building Society their mortgage to Peter (now Lord) Mandelson MP

  • Representing a national firm of solicitors and investigating their clients' dealings with United Mizrachi Bank

  • Representing Sir David Garrard in proceedings with Frogmore Estates plc and separately with the Berger family

  • Advising Electra Fleming Limited in relation to its acquisition of Cambridge Group Plc and investigating fraud by its former owners

  • Advising Alessandro Benedetti, in his claims against Naguib Sawiris arising from the acquisition of Wind Telecommunicazioni SpA in 2005

  • Representing KKL's dispute with JNF, a charity

  • Representing Fruit Shippers, the holding company for the Bonnita Banana Group, in a dispute between members of the Noboa family over control of the Fruit Shippers group

  • Advising Abbey National Treasury Services in relation to the Barings collapse

  • Representing Amstrad plc in its successful claim against leading disc-drive manufacturers, Seagate Technology Inc

  • Leading The Tottenham Hotspur/Venables litigation

  • Leading John Reid's disputes with Michael Flatley (of Riverdance fame) and Sir Elton John

  • Advising John Duffield in his claims against Jupiter Asset Management and Commerzbank

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