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Fieldfisher secures important victory for Wolters Kluwer in Italian agency dispute



Italy, United Kingdom

The European law firm’s Turin office successfully defended the provider of professional services information in Italy on a litigation matter with a local partner.

Fieldfisher has secured an important victory for information services company, Wolters Kluwer.
Wolters Kluwer is the leading global provider of professional information, software solutions and services for clinicians, accountants, lawyers, and tax, finance, audit, risk, compliance, and the regulatory sector, and are the publishers of the highly respected Kluwer Arbitration Blog.
In Italy, the company is the provider of expert solutions for professionals and companies including One Legale, Suite Next, Genya.
In 2016, the Italian branch of the company was faced with a claim from a former agent, who alleged that their agency contract was unlawfully terminated.
The former agent filed a claim before the Labour Court of Rome for approximately €1.5 million, seeking payment for loss of income, indemnity payments, commissions and compensatory damages.
The Italian division of Wolters Kluwer appointed Fieldfisher lawyer Marco Durante, who is a partner at the firm's office in Turin and who specialises in agency, distribution and franchise law.
Marco and his team assisted with the court case and, after two hearings which included oral submissions, in May 2018 the lower Court of Rome rejected the claim on all counts. The court accepted and agreed with all the arguments advanced in defence of the claim.
However, the claimant appealed the decision to the Court of Appeal in Rome. On 2 December 2020, the Court of Appeal of Roma affirmed the lower court's decision and dismissed the appeal and awarded a costs judgment in favour of Wolters Kluwer Italia.
The full judgment is due to be published in early 2021.
Commenting on the victory for the client, Fieldfisher Turin partner Marco Durante said:
"This was a very satisfying outcome for Wolters Kluwer, who are one of the world's best known information services companies.
"Winning this case was important, not only financially, but because it upholds the client's reputation concerning its relationship with agencies and other partners, as stated in other recent decisions that we have obtained for the client.
"I would like to congratulate our clients on this excellent result."
For further information about the case, please direct enquiries to Wolters Kluwer.
About Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market leading practices in many of the world's most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on energy & natural resources, technology, finance & financial services, life sciences and media.
Fieldfisher Italy is a leading Italian professional services firm offering legal, tax, labour and risk compliance consultancy. With offices in Milan, Rome, Bologna, Turin and Venice, we offer high-level professional consultancy, integrating varied professional experience with sector specialisations.
Our network has more than 1,550 people working across 25 offices providing highly commercial advice based on an in-depth understanding of our clients' needs.
We operate across our offices in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beijing, Belfast, Birmingham, Bologna, Brussels, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hamburg, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Turin, Venice and Silicon Valley.

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