Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is focused on group action claims against solicitors and on claims for and against construction professionals. The professional negligence team is led by David Niven, working alongside David O’Brien. Niven acts for claimants in high value, multi-party actions against solicitors and other professionals, while O'Brien - 'a standout performer' - specialises in complex commercial and financial disputes. Senior associate Nicole Blakey is described as 'a star, fantastic to work with - very clever but also approachable and kind.'
‘The team has strength in depth across the board with some standout individuals. One of the top firms when it comes to a professional negligence practice.’
‘David Niven has a really good grasp of tactics and strategy and is very experienced. He is commercially minded and a really good negotiator.’
‘David O’Brien is a standout performer – excellent on the detail, a very good communicator and at the top of his game.’
‘Kamran Rehman has good commercial judgment. He has a strong team under him.’
The Legal 500 - 2023 edition
The team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP specialises in group claims against law firms and construction professionals and places an emphasis on out of court settlements. Co-heads of the team, Rustam Dubash and David Niven, have both developed the joint group action professional negligence practice. Peter Stockill leads the construction side of the practice. Kamran Rehman joined the team in 2021 from Shakespeare Martineau LLP, strengthening the team's expertise in the banking and lending professional negligence arena.
‘Penningtons are the ‘go to’ team for claimant class action professional negligence cases. They have massive, unrivalled experience in this field, and have a track record of securing huge settlements for their clients.’
‘David Niven is the doyen in this area: he is a hugely experienced practitioner who can calmly navigate claims through to trial with absolute focus and a minimum of fuss.’
‘David O’Brien combines an unparalleled attention to detail with the ability to communicate clearly to clients about their claims.’
The Legal 500 - 2022 edition
Penningtons Manches LLP’s ‘very professional’ team regularly acts for claimants in multi-party professional negligence claims. David Niven represented multiple claimants in a £6m action against an international solicitors' firm in relation to purchases of off-plan properties in two developments in Calabria, Italy. Richard Marshall heads the international trade and commerce group and specialises in negligence and regulatory claims involving solicitors, accountants, architects and surveyors. Senior associate David O’Brien is also a key member of the team.
The Legal 500 - 2019 edition