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Mishcon Purpose

Elevating standards and practices for social and business value creation and using the law to hold those responsible for harm to account, and to catalyse change.

Purpose Litigation is an innovative approach to identifying, building and funding claims that drive constructive societal change and deliver measurable positive impact with a focus on three core themes: Human Rights and Governance, Environment, and Data Rights and Online Accountability.

Driving change and delivering impact through legal action and participation in legal and political institutions is not new to Mishcon de Reya. It is in the DNA of our firm, from the role Lord Mishcon played on the 1957 Wolfenden report which led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, to defending a claim brought by Holocaust denier David Irving in 2000, to acting for Gina Miller in two landmark constitutional cases in 2017 and 2019. The unusual depth of our experience in this area is not accidental – it reflects what we see as the proper role of a lawyer in public life and is central to the ethos and culture of our firm.

We are also unusual by nature of our in-house capability in data science and claims management which, along with our litigation finance venture MDR Solutions I, provides a strong platform for us to build, identify and fund claims. We have strong relationships with ESG funders, philanthropic and crowdfunding organisations and NGOs that invest in legal claims which drive change and deliver impact and with national and international law firms that can support claims in this jurisdiction and other jurisdictions.

Our approach

Claims come to Purpose Litigation through a variety of means. Primarily these claims are either identified by the in-house team at Mishcon de Reya or brought to the team by our partners.

Purpose Litigation is a commercial proposition. Funding is secured via litigation funders (including MDR Solutions I), ESG funders, philanthropic organisations, NGOs and crowd funders.

Our in-house claims management team will assist the legal team in managing cases with book building primarily undertaken by a third-party organisation.

Mishcon Purpose is developing innovative approaches to measuring impact beyond the quantum of damages in a particular claim. These are being developed in conjunction with partners in academia and leading economists.

Purpose Litigation brings varying and innovative claims on behalf of clients in this jurisdiction (England and Wales) and in other international jurisdictions. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Group and representative claims
  • Judicial review and other claims for declaratory relief
  • Regulatory complaints
  • Test cases
  • Competition litigation
  • Complaints to international judicial/quasi-judicial bodies
  • Employment claims
  • Shareholder activism

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