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Neil Bowker

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Neil Bowker has worked in the Litigation and Regulatory group in Birmingham for 25 years and is UK Group Head.   He has considerable experience advising on all aspects of dispute resolution and risk management. In his day to day practice Neil manages many large multi-disciplinary teams in high-value, complex claims across multiple industry sectors. Neil's caseload has a strong international element and involves cases with significant commercial sensitivity and reputational implications. Neil is well used to engagement with large organisations and presenting to Boards on challenging legal situations, he is also heavily involved in the management of various firm relationships


Trained Needham & James; qualified 1992; partner DLA 2000. Publications of note: Manufacturing Matters (UK) - Edition 10, 26 May 2014; Manufacturing Digital - Making simple the complex world of product liability, 10 Jan 2014; Simplifying the complex world of product liability, 23 Jul 2013.


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Altrincham Grammar School for Boys; University of Nottingham LLB (Hons); Chester College of Law (LSF).


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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Birmingham

Within: Leading individuals

Neil Bowker - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: Birmingham

DLA Piper UK LLP is ‘an excellent firm that provides a first-rate service' and which is 'very good at managing expectations’. The practice ‘has a reach far beyond Birmingham itself’, handling a number of cases with international element. Neil Bowker, who heads the firm’s national litigation and regulatory practice, is ‘a dynamic litigator who always goes the extra mile for clients’. He continues to represent Accident Exchange in a long-running multi-faceted case against expert witness company Autofocus, which allegedly ran a campaign of perjury concerning the cost of providing courtesy cars for car accident claimants; part of this included successful contempt proceedings brought by Accident Exchange against several former Autofocus employees. Nick Bamford (‘an astute litigator and excellent reader of legal runes’) heads the Birmingham team - he and senior associate Amanda Rowley represented Ngali Holdings, a Rwandan publicly-owned company, in defending several claims brought by a financial adviser concerning fees regarding advice on funding of hydroelectric projects. New partner and ‘intellectual powerhouse’ Philip Kelly is also working with the firm’s Edinburgh office as external advisers to the Magnox inquiry, which concerns a bungled procurement exercise by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority concerning the clean-up of several nuclear power stations including Wylfa in Angelsey and Sizewell A. In addition, he and Bowker successfully defended David Wilson Homes from a claim brought by another property developer. Senior associate Adam Johnson ‘is a superb associate who manages his clients very well’.

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