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Keystone Law

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Patrick Pennal

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Keystone Law

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Commercial litigation.


Patrick is a highly experienced civil dispute resolution solicitor with a wide-ranging international litigation and arbitration practice. His cases are conducted under numerous procedural and substantive laws and forums, including ICC, LCIA, ad hoc and local courts and he has acted for many high profile individuals and world-leading corporations/entities. Patrick qualified as a barrister before becoming a solicitor. The areas in which he specialises are complex multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes; defamation and related issues – claimant and defendant; contentious employment and contract for services disputes; both international and domestic; advocacy in international and domestic arbitration; injunctive and related emergency relief and remedies; both international and domestic; claimant professional negligence. Patrick’s key achievements include acting for senior QCs as claimants against Lloyd’s of London, mediated by Lord Woolf. Acting for Earl Spencer in proceedings against a High Court Judge and others. Acting for defendants in well-known Prince Radu of Hohenzollern/Romania defamation action and related issues; also involving Michael ex-King of Romania and the Romanian Royal House, the House of Hohenzollern in Germany, His Excellency Ambassador Carlson (one time ‘Voice of America’), Prince Paul and Princess Lia of Romania, for whom he has also acted. Numerous involvements for claimants (high profile and otherwise) in defamation and related press intrusion and libel matters. Acting for internationally recognised banker in connection with proceedings involving one of world’s biggest ship owners. Acting for Korean construction group against Formula 1, in relation to proposed Korean Grand Prix.


Trained Freshfields, qualified 1989. Boodle Hatfield, 1993-95; Taylor Wessing, 1995-2000; Blake Lapthorn, 2000-12.

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Keystone Law 'has significant expertise in the field and provides quick answers and flexibility to match clients' needs, while caring about good legal solutions'.  Alex Ferrari's practice covers various sectors and encompasses both domestic and international disputes, Matthew Reach specialises in business-related and company disputes, and Robert Lawrie acts in cases involving shareholder and general commercial disputes, as well as fraud allegations. Patrick Pennal is also an experienced adviser, and in 2018, corporate and commercial disputes specialist Iain Roxborough and Dharmendra Nair, a disputes lawyer specialising in shipping, commodities and commercial litigation, joined from Clifford Chance LLP and Squire Patton Boggs, respectively.

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