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PostPosted: January 30th, 2012, 12:34 pm 

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From the Giambrone Law website


Herbert Smith, Irwin Mitchell and Italian firm Giambrone Law are among a host of firms snapping up advisory roles following the grounding of cruise ship Costa Concordia off the Italian coast earlier this month.

It is understood that long-standing adviser Herbert Smith is advising Costa Cruises' parent company, Carnival Corporation, over future bookings, with matters being handled by the firm's Hong Kong-based insurance team.

Irwin Mitchell has been instructed by victims of the disaster, led by head of international travel litigation, Clive Garner. More than 100 passengers have already joined a class action and are reportedly seeking to claim more than £100,000 each.

Commenting on the disaster Garner said: "With thousands of passengers and crew on board this huge vessel, their safety should have been the first and only priority. Tragically, it seems that this was not the case and passengers and their families have paid a very heavy price.

"Following formal notification of our clients' claims to the cruise line we hope to engage them in early negotiations but if this proves unsuccessful, legal proceedings will follow."

He added that the number of victims coming forward to claim compensation "might rise substantially in the coming weeks."

Also understood to have landed advisory roles are Clyde & Co, Norton Rose and Ince & Co, with personal injury firm Proner & Proner involved in the class action in the US. Italian firm Giambrone Law has also been instructed by a number of victims affected by the disaster.

The Costa Concordia ran aground after the captain, Francesco Schettino, allegedly sailed too close to the shores of Giglio island, hitting rocks which tore a hole in the ship's hull. The current death toll stands at 15, with 19 still unaccounted for.

According to business analysts the accident is expected to be the most costly marine loss on record with reports estimating the total insurance loss to fall between $600m and $800m (£385m to £514m).

There is now a follow up article on The Lawyer:

http://www.thelawyer.com/sra-investigat ... 36.article

A trio of partners from Italian firm Giambrone Law, which is acting for a number of individuals affected by the Costa Concordia ferry disaster, is under investigation by the SRA.

The solicitors watchdog is gearing up to bring disciplinary proceedings against the firm’s named partner Gabriele Giambrone alongside partners Alessandra Bellanca and Cinzia D’Arpa over deals done on behalf of clients based in England who bought properties in the south of Italy.

Complaints were first made to the SRA in April 2008 and after a four-year investigation it has instructed Farrer Buildings’ Geoffrey Williams QC to advise it on a disciplinary hearing.

Giambrone, however, said that the SRA needs to put its own house in order and scrutinise how it regulates non-UK lawyers.

“Client account rules are a UK thing,” he said, adding that non-UK lawyers practising in the UK needed only to pass two tests in order to start practising in England and Wales.

“We admit we didn’t fully know the SRA rules, but they should take responsibility for how European lawyers are regulated in the UK,” Giambrone continued. “This involves the whole legal profession. If we were based in Italy doing the same thing there would not be regulatory matters.”

The SRA alleges there have been six breaches of its code by the firm. They are listed as: failure to cooperate with the SRA; failure to adequately supervise an office; failure to maintain properly written up books of account; taking money out of client account otherwise than in accordance with the rules; failure to promptly remedy breaches of the accounts rules; and the wrongful transference of files out of the jurisdiction.

The firm still has an office operating in London and a further four offices across Italy plus a base in New York. Last week it announced that it would be representing victims who were affected by the grounding of cruise ship Costa Concordia off the Italian coast earlier this month (24 November 2011).

In November the SRA launched a consultation on how to regulate international practices under the new outcomes-focused regulatory regime.

Giambrone has instructed 4 New Square silk Simon Monty QC via Reynolds Porter Chamberlain partner Will Sefton.

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Italian firm Giambrone Law, which is acting for a number of Costa Concordia ferry disaster victims, lands itself in hot water.

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PostPosted: January 30th, 2012, 1:53 pm 

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Lavender wrote:
Italian firm Giambrone Law, which is acting for a number of Costa Concordia ferry disaster victims, lands itself in hot water.

That is a headline fit for News of the World!

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PostPosted: February 10th, 2012, 5:22 pm 
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G&L still causing controversy I see - glad to see some things haven't changed while I've been away!!


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PostPosted: June 9th, 2012, 7:20 pm 

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:shock: :shock: :shock: OMG bit late but I just read the article!! :shock: :shock: :shock:

What a disgrace!

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