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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Work Department

Commercial dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency, India.


Phillip is a commercial disputes partner, head of the IT and IP disputes team and co-head of the India group at Penningtons Manches Cooper. He has over 20 years’ experience of complex, high value commercial litigation and arbitration, often with a cross-border element, and regularly advises on commercial, technology, financial services and civil fraud disputes, as well as enforcement and asset recovery.  

Phillip has acted on a number of board and shareholder, banking and IT disputes and represents a range of private sector clients. He assists businesses and individuals with insolvency and regulatory compliance issues, and has a particular interest in contentious and transactional work involving India, having acted on several English law disputes involving Indian parties. 


Qualified 1997; partner Hill Dickinson 2008-2011, partner Davenport Lyons 2011-13, partner Penningtons Solicitors LLP 2013.




London Solicitors Litigation Association, Society for Computers and the Law, Indian Maritime Association.

Lawyer Rankings

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.