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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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David Niven

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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Commercial dispute resolution, transport, professional negligence.


David is a partner in the commercial dispute resolution team in the London office and head of the transport sector group. He joined Penningtons Manches from Wedlake Saint in 2011, having qualified as a solicitor in 1985 with a magic circle law firm.

He specialises in all aspects of dispute resolution and also has particular expertise in transport regulatory work including representing clients at public inquiries and advising goods vehicle and passenger service operators on regulatory matters and road traffic prosecutions. Additionally, David leads Penningtons Manches' professional negligence team which has a growing specialism in acting for claimants in high value, multi-party actions against solicitors. He is currently advising on three separate multi-party professional negligence actions against legal practices, including a claim for a large number of prospective purchasers of holiday homes in failed property developments in Calabria, Italy. A committee member of both the London and South Eastern Coach Passenger Transport Association and the Freight Transport Association's Greater London Freight Council, David also holds a Certificate of Professional Competence.


Trained Allen & Overy; qualified 1985; partner Wedlake Saint 1996-11; partner Penningtons 2011.


Hitchin Boys' Grammar School; King's College University of London (1981 LLB Hons).

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Penningtons Manches LLP recently announced its merger with Thomas Cooper - known for its work in shipping, international trade and international arbitration - to become Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP. 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. Alex Fox is business and finance disputes head, Rustam Dubash leads the commercial dispute resolution group, and David Niven heads the firm's growing group litigation work. Philip D’Costa and Dan Hyde are also key advisers, while Emma Davies, who divides her time between the London and Oxford offices, and David O’Brien are the senior associates to note.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

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 Philip D’Costa, Alex Fox, Dan Hyde, John Doherty, Donald Lambert and Noel McMichael. David O’Brien was made partner.

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