Former DLA lawyers establish new boutique Liverpool litigation firm

Fortuna Law, based at Walker House, Exchange Flags is being headed by Mark Goodwin, formerly head of litigation and regulatory at DLA. Tony McDonough reports

Mark Goodwin
Mark Goodwin, founder of Fortuna Law in Liverpool


A trio of senior lawyers have left the Liverpool office of global law firm DLP Piper to establish a new boutique business litigation practice in the city.

Fortuna Law, based at Walker House, Exchange Flags has been founded by Mark Goodwin, formerly head of litigation and regulatory at DLA. He is joined by Catherine Radcliffe (partner) and Hannah Catterall (legal director).

Between them, the threesome have a combined 80 years’ litigation experience and have already secured new instructions with a combined claim value in excess of £750m with clients including Zeus Capital, Ladbible and a number of high net worth individuals.

“Unlike the traditional full-service modelour new firm is highly specialised on business litigation,” said Mr Goodwin, who spent 19 years as a senior litigation partner at DLA Piper before launching Fortuna.

With the disputes market evolving and clients becoming more discerning, we are ideally placed to deliver high-quality legal advice and litigation strategy,” he added.

The Fortuna team has a proven track record in complex, high value disputes both in the UK and internationally. In keeping with its boutique concept, the firm is already receiving referrals from other high-end litigation teams unable to act for clients due to conflicts of interest.

Mr Goodwin added: “With the ever-growing size of the client base and geographical footprint of the larger firms, conflicts of interest in litigation and arbitration matters are becoming more frequent and often it is not possible for firms to find a solution under the applicable conflict rules.

“We provide a safe client referral for such firms given we do not seek to maintain wider client relationships. We do however provide the high-quality service of a team used to acting on such complex and high value mandates over many years.”

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