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Philippa Dempster

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Freeths LLP

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Risk management and commercial dispute resolution.


Managing Partner of London office

Philippa is regarded as a leader in the field of Dispute Resolution. She also uses her litigation experience to draft commercial contracts and to help clients manage risk.

She has a master’s Degree in Advanced Litigation and is a trained ADR mediator. Philippa was recently 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 (2017). She also won the prized accolade “Hot 100 Lawyer” in The Lawyer, Hot 100 list 2017.


Lovell White Durrant 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.

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Freeths LLP's practice covers corporate and M&A litigation; commercial disputes; fraud, breach of confidence and data theft; and insolvency. Recent work included acting for Eddie Stobart, one of the UK’s largest logistics companies, in a claim arising from an alleged breach of contract for the supply of agency drivers. Philippa Dempster is highly rated.

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London: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

The regional and national teams at Freeths LLP have considerable  geographical reach. Nathan Holden, based in Birmingham advises on real estate and commercial projects including town centre expansions and Mitchell Ball, also based in Birmingham, has extensive retail development expertise. Other key names to note are Stephen Pearson and Christopher Waumsley in Nottingham and Philippa Dempster in London. It is dealing with all the 'right to buy' work for the Royal Borough of Greenwich and is advising the London Borough of Havering on the acquisition of Havering College of Further and Higher Education’s Quarles Campus for £5.5m and the subsequent leaseback of the campus to the College for two years.

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