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Philip D'Costa, Partner at Penningtons Manches


Phillip is a partner in the commercial dispute resolution team specialising in commercial, fraud, technology and financial services dispute resolution, arbitration and ADR. He is a member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association, the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers and the Society for Computers and Law. He is chairman of the Indian Maritime Association.

Phillip has advised on a number of IT and technology, asset finance and leasing disputes and acts for a range of private sector clients including trading, IT and financial services companies as well as for partners or members of LLPs. He has been instructed on several group recovery actions involving businesses and individuals arising from insolvency as well as claims to the FSCS. Phillip has a particular interest in arbitration and transactional work involving India and has advised on a number of India-related disputes and transactions alongside Indian law firms. He is recommended as an expert in relation to disputes involving India or Indian parties and frequently speaks and writes on a range of legal issues.

Clients have praised Phillip for being ‘excellent, thorough, fast to understand the entire context and practical in his approach’ as well as for his ‘perseverance and attention to detail’.

Recent work highlights

  • Representing a property brokerage client in a multimillion pound claim in the High Court for breach of contract and quantum meruit against a leading global property management company.
  • Assisting a client to achieve a negotiated settlement in a contractual dispute with an IT systems supplier in relation to breach of development, hardware and support agreements for the supply of a pricing management system to evaluate GP prescriptions.
  • Successfully representing a leading vehicle distributor in High Court proceedings for conspiracy, deceit and conversion of company assets against former employees and their associated companies.
  • Acting for a hospitality sector client in a multimillion pound worldwide freezing order claim involving breach of trust, bailment, fraud and conversion in the Chancery Division and before the Court of Appeal.
  • Securing an advantageous settlement on behalf of a claimant in a claim for breach of contract and/or quantum meruit for the introduction of key clients to a global supplier of extranet services to the financial services industry during the establishment of its operations.

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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