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
Penningtons Manches LLP has particular expertise in cross-border and international disputes, as evidenced by the firm’s well-established India group and recently founded San Francisco office; and the practice’s work ranges from shareholder disputes to complex contractual claims. Rustam Dubash is head of commercial dispute resolution and Alex Fox ‘has a very commercial approach’. John Doherty and Richard Marshall are key advisers; Jeremy Clarke-Williams joined the team in 2017.
‘Client-focused’ Emma Davies and London-based Alex Fox have been handling tax claims related to film investment schemes for high-net-worth individuals, celebrities, sportsmen and other high-profile clients. Julie Bond recently handled complex fraud and regulatory matters in the healthcare, real estate and research sectors.
The Legal 500 - 2017 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 mis-selling claims. Also handles IT, IP and data protection issues.
Strengths: ‘One word that I would use to describe them is 'pragmatic'. They always look for the practical solution.’
‘They are very well organised, easy to work with and look after their clients well.’
Julie Bond is described as a ‘good, practical commercial litigator’ who is ‘very tenacious and thorough.’ She offers strong experience in compliance and corporate governance issues, including professional negligence cases.
Chambers UK - 2017 edition