Philippa Dempster > Freeths LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Freeths LLP

Work Department

Commercial and Dispute Resolution


Managing Partner of London office

Philippa is regarded as a leader in the field of Dispute Resolution by the Legal 500. She also uses her litigation experience to draft and negotiate contracts focusing on the key areas of risk.

She has a Master’s Degree in Advanced Litigation and is a trained ADR mediator. Philippa has since 2016 been selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in England 2016 for Litigation law and is described as ’’ Highly Rated’’ by the Legal 500 (2018). She also won the prized accolade in The Lawyer, Hot 100 list 2017 and is “Hot 100 Lawyer” .


Hogan Lovells 1989-92; joined Freeths LLP 1992; associate 1994-96; partner 1996; ADR accredited mediator 2003. Recognised as a leader in the field of litigation by ‘The Legal 500’ and ‘Business Experts’ publications.


ADR Group; Association of Midlands Mediators.


Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School; Nottingham Trent University (LLB (Hons); Trent law prize; LLM in Advanced Litigation).


Building a ‘grand design’, photography, Nottingham Forest.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Industry focus > Retail and consumer

Freeths LLP’s cross-office retail and consumer team is well versed in work relating to sustainability, strategic partnerships and M&A, as well as covering IP disputes, acting for trade bodies, start-ups, and established brands. Philippa Dempster heads the practice and advises on commercial agreements, including outsourcing, franchising, supply chain agreements, and logistics issues. Managing associate Jessica Matthews is recommended for her expertise advising clients in the luxury goods and technology industries.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

Freeths LLPtakes a pragmatic and commercial view, while providing clear concise advice and options‘. Well known for both high-value and high-profile litigation, the practice is headed by London managing partner Philippa Dempster, ‘a leader in her field‘, whose caseload encompasses both UK and international disputes, along with defamation and data-related claims. Nick Sutton joined as partner in September 2022 from Fletcher Day to bolster the firm’s commercial litigation and insurance disputes practice.