Clare Arthurs > Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP > Cambridge, England > Lawyer Profile

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Work Department

Commercial dispute resolution


Clare is a partner and heads the firm’s commercial dispute resolution department. She is also a senior member of Penningtons Manches Cooper’s knowledge management team.

A former commercial and public law litigator, Clare developed and led the knowledge function for the commercial dispute resolution team prior to her promotion to partner and appointment as head of commercial dispute resolution. She supported the team across a broad range of specialisms including international litigation and arbitration, group actions, professional negligence, reputation management, and regulatory compliance. Her responsibilities included organising training for fee earners, drafting and maintaining the department’s precedent documentation and know how, and capturing and sharing the team’s knowledge in the most effective way. Clare is an established author in the legal press, having written regularly for journals such as New Law Journal, Solicitors Journal, Commercial Litigation Journal, the International Bar Association Newsletter and Insolvency Intelligence.

In recent years she has played a pivotal role in the introduction of new technology and business improvement initiatives to support fee earners working on litigious matters across the firm, and to improve and enhance client service and experience. Clare’s leadership experience also includes establishing and supporting the growth of the costs team for the firm.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP acts both for and against banks in a range of litigation, and is particularly praised for its work on misselling and misrepresentation claims against banks. The group is jointly led by Clare Arthurs, who is head of commercial dispute resolution, and Alexander Fox, who leads the business and finance disputes team. Fox is ‘an impressive combination of charming and clinical’ and takes the lead on litigation against banks; other key figures in the group include Kamran Rehman, who has ‘good commercial judgement’ and focuses on professional negligence claims in this area, and ‘tenacious and intelligent’ senior associate Charlotte Hill.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s practice is active in several specialist areas beyond general commercial litigation, including international disputes; group actions involving professional negligence and financial mis-selling; banking and finance litigation; defamation and reputation management; and digital asset disputes and cybercrime. Additional key areas are insolvency, health and safety/product liability claims, HNW-related disputes, and IP/IT matters. Clare Arthurs heads the litigation team, which features international litigation leader Richard Marshall, who is ‘fiercely bright‘; IP & IT disputes head Phillip D’Costa; and cross-border disputes expert Alex Fox. The second line of partners showcases Michael Brown, who acts in financial services-related commercial disputes; David O’Brien, who ‘sees points that others would not‘; and Kamran Rehman, a 2021 recruit from Shakespeare Martineau LLP. Charlotte Hill, Oliver Cooke and Laura Coleclough are experienced senior associates, while former practice head Rustam Dubash retired from the partnership during 2022, but remains a consultant.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management

The reputation management and privacy practice at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP supports both claimants and defendants with libel claims, harassment, and data protection breaches. Head of litigation Clare Arthurs and reputation specialist Jeremy Clarke-Williams co-lead the team, having acted on numerous high-profile libel cases and matrimonial disputes. Adele Ashton has over 20 years’ experience handling complex malicious falsehood and libel claims against major national news outlets, and is leading a number of large data breach claims. The team is supported by associate Eva McHale, who is also recommended.