Mishcon de Reya

Mishcon de Reya LLP is a British law firm with offices in London and New York. Founded in 1937, it currently employs more than 900 people with over 500 lawyers.[1] It is regarded as forming part of the "Silver Circle" of leading UK law firms.[2][3]

In March 2017, the firm was announced Law Firm of the Year at the Legal Business Awards.[4] Mishcon de Reya achieved revenue of £149.4m in 2016/17: a increase on 2015/16. PEP (Profit per Senior Equity Partner) hit £1.1m in 2017, a 10% increase on 2015/16.[5]

Mishcon de Reya LLP
Mishcon de Reya logo
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom
No. of officesTwo
No. of lawyersOver 500
No. of employeesOver 900
Major practice areasCorporate, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Intellectual Property, Mishcon Private, Real Estate
Key peopleKevin Gold
Managing Partner
Revenue£149.4 million
Profit per equity partner£1.2 million
Date founded1937 (London)
Company typeLimited liability partnership

Main practice areas

Mishcon de Reya's main practice areas are:

  • Corporate
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment
  • Intellectual Property
  • Mishcon Private
  • Real Estate


Mishcon de Reya was formed by the merger of Victor Mishcon & Co, a one-man office founded by Victor Mishcon, and Bartletts de Reya.

In 2008, the firm launched the specialist 'Pink Law' Legal Advice Centre in conjunction with Queen Mary, University of London and two other city law firms. The project offers free and impartial legal advice on issues affecting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, such as employment discrimination, civil partnerships and cohabitation.[6]

In January 2010 Mishcon de Reya opened an associated office in New York, Mishcon de Reya New York LLP.

The firm became a limited liability partnership on 9 October 2015.

Mishcon de Reya was named Law Firm of the Year at The Legal Business Awards 2017.[7]

Notable clients

In 1995, the firm gained attention when Anthony Julius represented Diana, Princess of Wales in her divorce.

In 2000, the firm represented Deborah Lipstadt in the case David Irving v Penguin Books and Deborah Lipstadt. The 2016 film Denial was based on this case.

Mishcon de Reya's Employment team won a ground-breaking victory in the UK Supreme Court on behalf of its client, Krista Bates van Winkelhof, in which it was determined that members of LLPs do have the protection of whistleblowing legislation.[8]

In 2016 the Supreme Court ruled financial claims can be brought over 20 years after divorce for client Kathleen Wyatt.[9]

In 2016 the company co-ordinated a challenge in the High Court by Gina Miller, an investment manager and philanthropist, against the process of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union.[10] The Government in January 2017, appealed the High Court ruling to the Supreme Court, but were unsuccessful. In a majority decision, it ruled that Parliament must vote on whether the Government can start the process of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union.[11]

In June 2018, the firm sent a letter on behalf of British businessman Arron Banks to Guy Verhofstadt, a senior MEP involved in the Brexit negotiation process, instructing Verhofstadt to delete a Tweet he wrote which suggested that Banks was acting in collusion with the Russians, "to deliver Brexit." They wrote: "Anyone reading this Tweet would be left in no doubt that this defames our client by making these allegations," and demanded that the Tweet be removed from Twitter and that Mr Verhofstadt retract the allegations and apologise publicly. [12]

In August 2018, The Guardian newspaper reported that Mishcon de Reya had filed a legal complaint against new UK anti-tax evasion measures, arguing that they infringe privacy and data protection rights. The firm also suggested it was considering a challenge against transparency measures introduced by David Cameron requiring UK companies to identify their true owners.[13]

See also

In 2016, Mishcon de Reya and children's charity Place2Be produced a book written for adults by children on the topic of parental separation 'Splitting Up: A Child's Guide to a Grown Up Problem'.[14]


  1. ^ "The Legal 500 > Mishcon de Reya LLP > London, ENGLAND > What the firm says". www.legal500.com. Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  2. ^ https://www.thelawyer.com/silver-circle-law-firms-2017/
  3. ^ http://lawyers4law.com/?p=222
  4. ^ McAteer, Mark. "Mishcon, A&O and Freshfields major winners at 2017 Legal Business Awards | www.legalbusiness.co.uk". www.legalbusiness.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  5. ^ Farman, Madeleine. "Financials 2017: Mishcon breaking targets again as revenue doubles in five years | www.legalbusiness.co.uk". www.legalbusiness.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  6. ^ "Mishcon joins 'Pink Law' advice initiative". The Lawyer. 17 November 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Mishcon, A&O and Freshfields are major winners at 2017 Legal Business awards". Legal Business. 24 March 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Clydes settles whistleblowing claim with former partner Bates van Winkelhof". The Lawyer. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Woman could win cash payout 20 years after divorce". BBC News. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  10. ^ Bowcott, Owen (19 July 2016). "Theresa May does not intend to trigger article 50 this year, court told". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  11. ^ Corporation, British Broadcasting (24 January 2017). "Brexit: Supreme Court says Parliament must give Article 50 go-ahead". BBC. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  12. ^ News, Reuters (14 June 2018). "Brexit Campaigner Orders EU's Verhofstadt to Retract Recent Claim of Russian Collusion". Reuters. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  13. ^ Pegg, David (2 August 2018). "Mishcon de Reya complains about anti-tax evasion measures". The Guardian.
  14. ^ "How does it feel when your parents divorce? Children speak out". The Times. 24 January 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2016.

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Anthony Julius

Anthony Robert Julius (born 16 July 1956) is a British solicitor advocate and academic, known among other things for his actions on behalf of Diana, Princess of Wales and Deborah Lipstadt. He is Deputy Chairman of the London law firm Mishcon de Reya.

He holds the Chair in Law and Arts in the Faculty of Law at University College London. Julius is also Chairman of the economics consultancy, Oxera.

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Jowitt remained in chambers until, in 1940, he became Solicitor-General in the wartime coalition government. After the war, he became Lord Chancellor in Clement Attlee’s government. After Patrick Devlin went to the High Court Bench in 1948 and subsequently became a Law Lord, Colin Pearson KC and David Karmel KC were successively Heads of Chambers. Sam Cooke QC became Head of Chambers on Karmel’s retirement. When Cooke went to the High Court in 1967, he was succeeded by Philip Owen QC, Leader of the Wales & Chester Circuit, who remained Head of Chambers for 23 years. In 1990, Philip Owen retired and Christopher Clarke QC became Head of Chambers. Senior clerk Ronald Burley, who had been appointed senior clerk by Patrick Devlin in 1948, also retired in 1991. Christopher Clarke QC was succeeded as Head of Chambers by Jonathan Sumption QC and Jonathan Hirst QC in 2005. On Jonathan Sumption’s appointment direct to the Supreme Court in 2012, Nicholas Green QC replaced him, and on his appointment to the High Court Bench in 2013, Helen Davies QC became joint Head of Chambers. Jonathan Hirst retired in 2016 and died in 2017. Mark Howard QC succeeded him.

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Victor Mishcon, Baron Mishcon

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