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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Work Department

Commercial dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency, civil fraud digital asset disputes


John is an experienced insolvency and civil fraud partner in the commercial dispute resolution team who advises on proceedings at all levels of the English courts. He has significant experience in both domestic and cross-border insolvencies, and has developed a particular specialism in contentious cases arising out of fraud. John has advised on a number of complex, high value matters involving concurrent criminal or regulatory investigations, including the US trustee of Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities LLC, and the estate of Bernard L Madoff. He also has specialist expertise in digital assets where he advises clients on cryptocurrency, NFT and blockchain disputes.

He advises on all aspects of asset investigation and recovery, including corporate and personal insolvency, and has assisted in the recovery of all types of assets, from bitcoin and other crypto assets to racehorses and overseas properties.


Irwin Mitchell 2002-2006; Morrison & Foerster LLP 2008-2015; Browne Jacobson LLP 2015-2022; Penningtons Manches Cooper 2022-present.


R3 – Association of Business Recovery Professionals
Insol Europe
Insolvency Lawyers Association (ILA)
Fraud Lawyers Association (FLA)
Fraud Advisory Panel
Financial Services Lawyers Association
London Solicitor Litigation Association
London Fraud Forum


University of Leicester 1997-2000; College of Law, Chester 2000-2001

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

A go-to legal firm that cannot be faulted‘, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s has notable strength in cross-border and international disputes. The practice’s current claims roster includes several large-value matters involving countries such as India, Guinea and South America, as well as North America. Dividing her time between Cambridge and London, Clare Arthurs leads the team that comprises consultant Rustam Dubash, a former practice head; David Niven, who co-heads the professional negligence and group actions practice alongside David O’Brien; international litigation head Richard Marshall; and IP and IT disputes leader Phillip D’Costa. Also integral to the practice, Michael Brown, Kamran Rehman and Alex Fox all maintain active commercial disputes practices; and Charlotte Hill, Harriet Vidot and Laura Coleclough, along with Chris Hoyer MillerOliver Cooke, Colin Hayes, and Valya Georgieva are key senior associates. Insolvency and civil fraud partner John Adams joined from Browne Jacobson LLP in August 2022.

London > Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail

The banking practice at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a ‘force to be reckoned with’, with vast experience acting both for and against banks. The team has expertise in high-profile swaps litigation, and is recognised for its digital asset litigation capabilities. ‘Dynamic partnerAlex Fox acts as head of business and finance disputes, and leads the ‘dedicated and hard-working team‘ alongside Clare Arthurs and David Niven. The team continues to expand, with the arrival of John Adams from Browne Jacobson LLP in August 2022. Charlotte Hill is another key contact at the firm.