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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

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.