Linklaters is gearing up to defend itself in court after a $55 million negligence claim was brought by a former client in one of the largest cases against a top U.K. law firm in recent times.

The Magic Circle firm is preparing for a 20-day trial in the High Court next January over claims it gave negligent advice to Baltic telecoms company Levicom. Linklaters was instructed to advise Levicom in 2000 over a dispute with telecoms company Tele2 AB.

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