I have instructed Austen in a very contentious partnership dispute since 2010. I have had frequent contact with Austen, personally, by written communications and telephone.
Austen immediately got to grips with a complex series of facts, saw the immediate and long-term essentials of the case.
I have never doubted that Austen has at all times been aware of the need to assess the central issues in the case and to ensure that practically the need to keep the parties focused on those issues and not let the defendant in particular try to divert attention away from them. To do this needed considerable strength of character when the defendant and his advisers tried to persuade the tribunal to be side tracked into irrelevant issues
All written expression has been admirably clear.
My exposure to Austen’s advocacy [in] a significant number of interlocutory applications both in court and in arbitration proceedings has always indicated that he is able to put his case across clearly and fluently.
Very sound in conference.
The fact that the matter on which Austen is instructed has been protracted over 7 years during which time Austen has never lost enthusiasm demonstrates his commitment and perseverance