John Doherty > Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Work Department

Commercial dispute resolution.


John is a partner in the commercial dispute resolution department, specialising in product liability, EU competition, regulation and judicial review. Important cases John has advised on include a challenge to the constitutionality of an EU Directive concerning tobacco advertising, which was litigated successfully before the House of Lords and European Court of Justice. Advice and assistance is regularly provided to multinational consumer products manufacturers and distributors on product safety issues (including recalls) and compliance with product labelling and advertising requirements. He has particular experience working with companies from the Americas region.


Trained Lovells; qualified 1998; partner in 2008, Penningtons Manches.




Human Rights Lawyers Association; Administrative Law Bar Association.


Finchley Catholic High School, (1981-87); Middlesex University, LLB (Hons) (1995); College of Law, London, Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (1996).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Product liability: defendant

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s impressive client list reflects the team’s experience in the tobacco, retail and technology sectors as well as in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry. The practice, which is led by John Doherty, handles international product liability cases, regulatory matters and dispute prevention and strategy. Senior associate Tim Wright, who is based in Basingtoke, also has clinical negligence expertise.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is experienced in specialist areas such as group action litigation, banking and finance disputes, defamation and reputation management, cybercrime, product liability, and IP and IT matters. Rustam Dubash heads the department, Richard Marshall leads the international litigation and arbitration team, and David Niven heads the professional negligence and group actions practice. Also highly regarded are Philip D’Costa, Alex Fox, Dan Hyde, John Doherty, Donald Lambert and Noel McMichael. David O’Brien was made partner.