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Penningtons Manches Cooper announces 2020 promotions

Posted: 01/04/2020

Penningtons Manches Cooper is delighted to announce three new partner and two new associate director promotions with effect from 1 April 2020. The total number of partners within the firm is now 135.

The promotions span practice areas as well as the firm’s international offices. The newly promoted partners and associate directors are:


Emma Davies, Commercial dispute resolution (Oxford)

Bernardo Ruiz Lima, Marine, trade and energy (Madrid)

Daniel Toop, Court of Protection (Basingstoke)

Associate directors

Hannah Gearey, Private client (Guildford)

Rebecca Dziobon, Knowledge, Family (London)

Emma Davies specialises in resolving commercial and regulatory disputes - including contractual and shareholder disputes, data protection and FOIA compliance, and environmental, fire, and health and safety issues. She is known for her practical approach with both business and individual clients, and also enjoys helping clients avoid disputes by providing regular lectures and seminars on topical issues relating to her areas of expertise.

Bernardo Ruiz Lima advises on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, as well as dealing with all types of insurance claims. He is highly experienced in litigation and arbitration in Spain in matters relating to contracts, infrastructure, shipping, transport, logistics, trade and commodities. He is a listed arbitrator for several Spanish arbitration courts, and is ranked in Chambers Europe and The Legal 500 as a leading lawyer.

Daniel Toop is a key figure in the Court of Protection team at Penningtons Manches Cooper, which has earned him his promotion to partner. He supports clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of medical negligence or personal injury, with a particular specialism in acquired brain injury. Daniel advises on a broad range of Court of Protection and personal injury trust issues for both professional and lay deputies and trustees, and is listed as a rising star in The Legal 500. He is one of the youngest lawyers to be promoted to partner in recent times.

Newly-promoted associate director Hannah Gearey assists UK and overseas clients on a broad range of private client matters, including the drafting of wills and tax planning, Court of Protection work, probate and trusts as well as charities work. She is a full member of STEP, the world’s leading organisation for private wealth professionals and is ranked as a leading individual in Chambers High Net Worth and as a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500.

Rebecca Dziobon, also promoted to associate director, is a specialist family lawyer. She joined the knowledge team in 2015 with a decade of experience advising HNW and international clients. She has particular expertise of pensions and trusts and is the author of the LexisPSL Family content on these technical areas. As well as working closely with the family and private wealth advisers at Penningtons Manches Cooper, she collaborates with others across the firm to deploy new technology and develop best practice to enhance client service delivery.

In addition to the promotions to partner and associate director, this year’s promotions also saw nine promotions across the firm to senior associate.

David Raine, chief executive of Penningtons Manches Cooper, said: “On behalf of the partnership, I am very pleased to offer congratulations for all promotions across the firm this year; they are a testament to the skill, hard work, tenacity and complete dedication that each individual has demonstrated. Well done to all!”

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