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Donald leads the firm’s real estate litigation team. He joined Penningtons Manches Cooper in 1983 and became a partner in 1998. His practice covers a broad range of international commercial contract disputes as well as disputes in the real estate sector. He is recognised as a leading expert on 1954 Act renewals for both landlords and tenants and regularly lectures on this topic and others for Central Law Training (CLT).
He advises clients in litigation before the English courts and in arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, LME and other trade bodies. In common with other senior members of the group, he spends much of his time giving positioning and dispute avoidance advice for key clients such as Aviva Investors.
Donald is a member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Property Litigation Association, the RICS Dilapidations Forum and the Panel of Arbitrators of the Minor Metals Trade Association. He is recognised by Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession in which he is described as 'excellent', and The Legal 500 where he is praised for his ‘strong commercial acumen’.