LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – The rapid departure of Chelsea soccer boss Jose Mourinho might have looked a lawyer’s dream employment law job, particularly given the £15m exit package negotiated.
But there were no lawyers in sight on Jose’s side anyway, according to The Lawyer.
The Portugese coach’s exit from Roman Abramovich’s team was handled by his agent, George Mendez.
So are UK lawyers out of favour at Stamford Bridge? Roman Abramovich’s divorce was handled under Russian law with no regard to the feelings of the hordes of matrimonial lawyers available in London. What’s more, his consigliere Bruce Buck is not a Brit but a US partner at Skadden Arps.
At least Mourinho used a UK lawyer – in the form of Elizabeth Robertson, late of Peters & Peters – when it mattered most. Robertson, if you remember, was called in to represent Mourinho’s dog Leya on an immigration matter.
It makes you proud to be British.