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David Young

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Litigation and Regulatory


David has particular specialisms in large commercial disputes, corporate litigation and pensions litigation (where he has been instructed on some of the most significant cases to come before the courts). His experience includes complex IT contract disputes, outsourcing, data protection, professional negligence, railways, corporate transactions, corporate governance and judicial review. David handles both regulatory and internal investigations, and has considerable experience of Alternative Dispute Resolution, particularly mediation and expert determination. He provides risk management and contract management advice throughout the contract lifecycle from negotiation to termination. He acts for both private and public sector clients.


Association of Pensions Lawyers


Downing College, Cambridge, 2:1 MA (Hons); College of Law, Chester, Law Society Finals - 1st Class; University of Augsburg, Germany, LLM - 1st Class; Law Society, Higher Rights of Audience (Civil)

London: Human resources


Within: Pensions

Matthew Swynnerton leads the 'practical, high-quality, responsive and commercial' practice at DLA Piper and is praised by clients as 'highly responsible and approachable' and 'able to demonstrate a deep knowledge of pensions law which he deploys with great pragmatism'. Tamara Calvert is also singled out as 'prompt, efficient and an expert in her clients' needs'. Key areas of expertise include scheme advisory and documentation advice, multi-jurisdictional transactions, pension fraud and compliance issues. Recent mandates include Swynnerton assisting the Working Group with the Combating Pension Scams Code of Practice and Calvert advising the trustees of the Allied Domecq Pension Fund on a member complaint relating to the revaluation of deferred pensions. The Premier League, Aviva, Novartis UK Pensions Scheme, Uber and Hitachi Rail Europe are also clients. David Young in Leeds is the key name for pensions litigation.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Within: Leading individuals

David Young - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Noted for its ‘incredible industry insight’, DLA Piper UK LLP is ‘unquestionably a top-tier firm’; the disputes practice is ‘easily one of the best in the region but can also hold its own on a national level against the London firms’. David Young leads the practice and is ‘an outstanding lawyer who compliments great intellect with exceptional judgment and has the vision to tell you how to win a case strategically and the raw talent to ensure the win’. Young’s recent highlights include acting for roughly 4000 members of IBM’s final salary pension plan in a case concerning IBM’s decision to close its final salary scheme. Paul Stone is also a key name to note; he recently represented Merseytravel in a challenge brought by Bombardier Transportation to a procurement contract initially awarded to Stadler and acted for Birmingham City Council in a dispute relating to a PFI contract. BBC, British Airways, Heineken, Nisa Retail and Shire Oak Quarries are also clients. Simon Kenyon is the key contact for technology disputes and senior associate Kathryn Ford is ‘very bright and always goes the extra mile to get things done’.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources


Within: Pensions

The pensions practice at DLA Piper UK LLP is now headed up Andrew McIlhinney (who was previously based at the firm's Liverpool office) following the departure of the former team to establish ARC Pensions Law. The practice regularly advises trustees, sponsoring employers and scheme providers on full spectrum of pensions matters. The group acted for the trustees of a Carbon Black Manufacturer's Occupational Pension Scheme on the buy-out of all benefits and additionally advised, post-closure, on trustee liability. In another work highlight, the team handled all pension issues arising from Link Group's purchase of Capita Asset Services. In Leeds, McIlhinney is joined by the 'very pragmatic and practical' Simon Evans, formerly at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, and associates Hannah Watson and  David Molyneux who joined from DWF and Squire Patton Boggs respectively. The practice is also bolstered by pensions litigator David Young.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Professional negligence: claimant

Within: Professional negligence: claimant

The 'excellent' practice at DLA Piper UK LLP has experience acting for claimants and defendants in professional negligence claims. The department is spread across the firm's Sheffield and Leeds offices and is jointly led by Hugh Evans - who has expertise in the banking sector - and head of the litigation and regulatory team +Adam Ibrahim. In a recent highlight, David Young led advice to Goodwood Estate Company and Goodwood Estate Pensions in claims against two of the companies' former law firms for alleged negligent advice. Other key names to note include legal directors Chris Harvey  and Sheffield-based Paul McNamee. Clients include the RBS group, Leeds Building Society, Bank of Ireland and GE Capital. The team has also represented high profile individuals.

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