Fourth ex-DLA lawyer joins fledgling Liverpool litigation firm

Fortuna Law, now Provenio Litigation, was set up in in 2019 by Mark Goodwin, formerly head of litigation and regulatory at DLA, with two colleagues. Now a fourth has joined them. Tony McDonough reports

Emma Charnock
Emma Charnock joins Provenio Litigation after seven years with DLA


A fourth lawyer from the the Liverpool office of global law firm DLA Piper has jumped ship to join her former colleagues at a boutique litigation practice in the city.

Fortuna Law LLP was set up at Walker House in Exchange Flags in in 2019 by Mark Goodwin, formerly head of litigation and regulatory at DLA in Liverpool. He was joined by Catherine Radcliffe (partner) and Hannah Catterall (legal director).

Now the fledgling firm has rebranded as Provenio Litigation LLP and has recruited Emma Charnock, who joins after seven years at DLA’s Liverpool office. She brings extensive experience advising clients in respect of complex high value commercial disputes across a wide range of sectors.

Her practice covers a range of commercial disputes from professional negligence claims to breach of contract, as well as shareholder and partnership disputes and includes advising a property development company in relation to a multi-million pound professional negligence claim.

Ms Charnock, who is also chair of Merseyside Young Professionals, said: “The prospect of working on such complex, high value disputes whilst also helping to develop a new business was one which does not come along very often and represented an opportunity unlike any other in the market.”

Walker House
Walker House in Exchange Flags, Liverpool, is home to Provenio Litigation


Mr Goodwin, who is managing partner at Provenio, said the decision to change the firm’s name was taken after a strategic review which included client feedback and a series of internal workshops. Since it was launched, the firm has attracted litigation instructions with a combined claim value of more than £750m.

He added: “There’s a clear business reason behind our rebranding. Since launching the firm, we have built a formidable team of litigators. We wanted a name that reflects our commitment to high value and complex business litigation.”

And on Ms Charnock’s appointment, he said: “During her time at DLA Piper, Emma gained a well-deserved reputation as one of the firm’s top up-and-coming litigators.  She has a proven track record for delivering outstanding results.”

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