Top 50 law firm Penningtons Manches Cooper has appointed Kamran Rehman, a litigator specialising in the banking, finance and real estate sectors, as a partner in its thriving commercial dispute resolution practice.
Previously a partner at Shakespeare Martineau, where he was head of the London dispute resolution team as well as the head of the London office, Kamran has extensive experience in commercial and banking disputes and professional negligence actions. His recent cases include acting for a lender in a multi-million pound valuer professional negligence claim where contractual interest was successfully claimed, as opposed to simple interest, and acting for a Real Estate Fund in a £12 million claim arising from an abortive acquisition of a large retail park. Kamran also recently successfully defended a client from committal proceedings and obtained on its behalf an extended civil restraint order.
Kamran is recommended in Legal 500 2021 and is noted as “one of the leading partners in the commercial litigation sphere. He is a very efficient, realistic and commercially-minded litigator“ and “totally committed to his client’s corner. Always pushing his team to explore the potential of every argument and every shred of evidence. A street-fighter with real grit and determination.”
Penningtons Manches Cooper’s commercial dispute resolution team is one of the firm’s fastest growing practice areas. Its rapid growth was a key driver behind the 2019 merger between Penningtons Manches and Thomas Cooper, in which the latter brought additional international capabilities, including access to the key global arbitration hubs of Paris and Singapore.
Kamran will work closely with a number of other specialist partners including banking and finance partners Mark Phillips and John Chater, as well as real estate partners James Nadin and James McNeilly, bringing additional capacity and a strong suite of skills to an increasingly busy part of the business.
Partner Rustam Dubash, head of commercial dispute resolution, commented: “We’re delighted that Kamran has joined us. He is an extremely impressive lawyer and a great fit for our team. He will play a very important role as we continue to pursue our ambitious plans for growth and respond to new opportunities and rising client demand. We all look forward to working with him.”
In its 2019-20 results announcement, Penningtons Manches Cooper confirmed that contentious matters now make up more than fifty per cent of its fee income, with the proportion set to increase in the coming years. The work spans the commercial dispute resolution and arbitration practices as well as the firm’s sought after family, employment, clinical negligence and contentious trust teams.