High-profile disciplinary proceedings against an Allen & Overy partner over a non-disclosure agreement the magic circle firm drew up with a former employee of disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein have been delayed. A case management hearing at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal originally scheduled for this morning did not go ahead. The tribunal said the case had been vacated.
A spokesperson for Allen & Overy said: 'The case management hearing fixed for today has been adjourned and a new date will be fixed in due course. We will not be commenting further.'
A spokesperson for the Solicitors Regulation Authority said that the prosecution is still live.
Partner Mark Mansell was referred to the SDT in April following a hearing of the House of Commons Women and Equalities committee into an agreement drawn up with Zelda Perkins, a former employee of Weinstein’s film company Miramax. Perkins told the committee that the settlement had been ‘morally lacking… on every level’.
Allen & Overy was investigated last year by the Solicitors Regulation Authority over its role in drawing up the NDA. The case is one of 13 NDA-related investigations that have started since the SRA published a warning notice to solicitors involved with these agreements. Eight of these relate to alleged sexual harassment cases.