Covert Spying On Dechert Atty Wasn't Illegal, ENRC Says

Law360, London (November 3, 2020, 6:41 PM GMT) -- Lawyers for a Kazakh mining company told a London judge on Tuesday that the covert surveillance carried out on its former Dechert LLP counsel is a "common" tactic in hotly disputed commercial litigation and does not amount to a crime, let alone harassment.

Tom de la Mare — counsel for Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. — urged a High Court judge to strike out claims it illegally harassed Dechert partner Neil Gerrard and his wife by hiring private investigators to dig up dirt to use against him in court.

Installing camouflaged hidden cameras in a hedge outside Gerrard's home supported ENRC's "legitimate...

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