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Clifford Chance to handle Shell’s appeal against sensational defeat in the Milieudefensie case

Clifford Chance to handle Shell’s appeal against sensational defeat in the Milieudefensie case

The following are translated extracts from an article published on 19 May 2022 by the Dutch financial newspaper, the fd.

By Martijn Pols and Joris Polman.

Oil company Shell has set aside house lawyer De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek after the sensational defeat against Milieudefensie. Exactly one year ago, the judge forced Shell to tighten up its climate policy.

Shell appealed but had no confidence in a good outcome with De Brauw by its side. Lawyers for British Clifford Chance can now make another attempt.

The switch to Clifford in this case comes at a time when Shell is withdrawing further from the Netherlands and becoming increasingly British. At the end of last year, the announcement that the Dutch head office is moving to London caused a stir in Dutch politics.

Shell would not say why it switched its team of lawyers and the firms involved have not commented.

‘Shell is fully anglicised’, says a lawyer with knowledge of the case. According to him, British ‘barristers’ after studying the Milieudefensie case advised the Shell board to drop De Brauw.

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