Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is experienced in specialist areas such as group action litigation, banking and finance disputes, defamation and reputation management, cybercrime, product liability, and IP and IT matters. Rustam Dubash heads the department, Richard Marshall leads the international litigation and arbitration team, and David Niven heads the professional negligence and group actions practice. Also highly regarded are Phillip D’Costa, Alex Fox, Dan Hyde, John Doherty, Donald Lambert and Noel McMichael. David O’Brien was made partner.
The practice 'has one of the strongest teams in banking litigation among the mid-size firms'. It has particular expertise in high-profile swaps litigation and has been increasingly instructed on financial institutions-related litigation involving The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.
John Doherty handles international product liability cases, regulatory matters and dispute prevention and strategy.
The Oxford-based team headed by Julie Bond continues to be active in major disputes in the energy, education and retail sectors. Senior associate Emma Davies is a name to note for financial litigation and regulatory matters.
The Legal 500 - 2020 edition
Well-regarded team with solid expertise in regulatory matters and strong capabilities in general commercial, banking and financial disputes, including notable experience in interest rate swap mis-selling claims. Also handles IT and IP-related litigation. Popular with companies from the education and healthcare sectors, and also represents individuals.
Strengths: One source describes the practitioners as ‘very well organised’ and ‘great communicators’ who ‘work very cohesively as a team.’
According to sources, Julie Bond has ‘a well-deserved excellent reputation.’ She offers experience in a variety of commercial and financial disputes, often pertaining to breach of contract and professional negligence.
Emma Davies has particular knowledge of commercial litigation connected to banking and financial disputes, including regulatory issues. One source praises her ‘energetic’ approach as well as her thoroughness, explaining that ‘no stone is left unturned.’
Chambers UK - 2019 edition
Penningtons Manches LLP's 'level of service is outstanding and the team understands clients' commercial concerns'. Its commercial litigation work covers international litigation; group actions; banking and finance disputes; and defamation and reputation management. Other areas of strength are cyber crime, IP and IT disputes, product liability, regulatory matters and high-net-worth disputes.
Commercial dispute resolution group Rustam Dubash is India group head, John Doherty's 'advice is a luxury for clients' and Richard Marshall is international litigation and arbitration head. Also recommended are Alex Fox, Jeremy Clarke-Williams, Noel McMichael, David Niven and Philip D’Costa.
John Doherty acts for large multinationals in unsafe consumer products matters and investigations conducted by Trading Standards, among other work. The practice was boosted with the hiring of Dan Hyde.
Julie Bond, who heads the Oxford commercial disputes team, specialises in commercial and corporate disputes, with an emphasis on regulatory work, professional negligence cases and fraud. Bond acted for the Pirbright Institute and has also been advising Sum-It on a potential claim alongside senior associate Emma Davies. Regulatory law expert Ed Weightman returned to the practice after a five-year stint with energy regulator Ofgem. Senior associate Rebecca Andrews-Walker is recognised for her expertise in insolvency and recoveries matters and contentious bankruptcy proceedings.
The Legal 500 - 2019 edition
Well-regarded team with solid expertise in regulatory matters and strong capabilities in general commercial and financial disputes, including notable experience in interest rate swap misselling claims. Also handles IT, IP and data protection issues. Popular with clients from the charities, education, healthcare and trusts sectors, as well as retail. Has a strong track record in mediation and other forms of ADR.
Strengths: ‘The firm has a really conscientious and hands-on approach to litigation, and always puts the interests of the client at the forefront of their considerations when advancing a case,’ an interviewee says.
Julie Bond is an established commercial litigator, offering strong expertise in compliance and corporate governance issues, including professional negligence cases and fraud-related matters. Sources note her experience and strong reputation.
Senior associate Emma Davies acts on the firm's key cases, and is described by sources as ‘really hard working and committed, leaving no stones unturned and making sure clients' interests are looked after.’ Her experience includes contentious financial and regulatory cases.
Chambers UK - 2018 edition