High-flying disputes boutique Signature Litigation has seen its revenue surge by 70% from £4.82 to £8.17m in 2013/14, despite having only launched two years ago, while profit margins are estimated at 50%. The firm has also taken an innovative approach by operating an all-inclusive, fully transparent, profit-sharing model.
Founded by former Hogan Lovells partners Graham Huntley and Helen Brannigan, the 30-member firm has seen some substantive disputes mandates come its way since its inception, taking on a role in the heavyweight Fortress v Blue Skye litigation, a dispute that arose out of the reorganisation of the €200m Blue Skye Investment Group in Italy. Listed for trial over 12 weeks from May this year, Signature represented the defendant Blue Skye while Slaughter and May and DAC Beachcroft acted for Fortress Value Recovery Fund. ‘There can be no more testing mandate for a niche firm than taking on a massive case of that nature in mid-course against two very well-resourced opponents,’ said Huntley.