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When Spear’s catches up with Rupert Ticehurst he is in excellent form and steps back from his profession with an analogy: ‘Litigators are like dogs: some go round and round in circles obsessing over every detail, but making no progress – they are like springer spaniels; then there is the terrier, who yaps like crazy driving everybody mad but with no other impact; then comes the Rottweiler – so ferocious that everybody hides and no common ground can be found.’

But what dog does the client want? ‘A client needs a mutt with a mix of qualities – not bred for anything in particular and so able to adapt,’ he says, smiling.

Ticehurst is certainly experienced and shares interesting secrets about litigation technique. ‘You learn through experience to avoid rising to the bait,’ he explains. ‘There’s the letter you’d like to write and the one you should write, and a lot of lawyers get muddled between the two. Letter writing is expensive and usually goes nowhere.’

Meanwhile, he keeps racking up impressive highlights. For instance, he acted for the successful defendant in the landmark High Court and Court of Appeal case, Slutsker v Haron Investments Ltd, involving a claim based on the Russian Family Code.

Ticehurst acknowledges one must be philosophical about litigation: ‘It’s a long game, and even if you eventually win you may lose some battles getting there.’