Richard Marshall > Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Work Department

Commercial dispute resolution.


Richard is an experienced commercial litigator who deals in a wide range of contentious and dispute resolution work as well as commercial arbitrations. He is also an accredited mediation advocate and a member of the Commercial Litigation Association.

Within his broad-based practice he specialises in commercial, corporate and property related disputes, professional negligence and matters arising from the international wealth sector. He also works closely with the family, private client and employment teams and is an expert in conflicts of law and jurisdiction issues, particularly with regard to the US.

Through a combination of both strategic and legal advice, Richard plays an integral role in his clients’ businesses. Much of his work has an international and offshore element and he often manages multi-jurisdictional disputes. He is well regarded by his peers for his keen understanding of trial work on both sides of the Atlantic and is a leading partner in the firm’s North America group.

Richard has a wealth of experience in international and domestic arbitration and has published widely on these topics. He is often consulted by leading national newspapers for his comments on topical international law matters.


Trained Manches; assistant solicitor Manches 1984; assistant solicitor Janners 1985; Marshall Ross & Prevezer 1987; equity partner 1989; head of litigation and managing partner; partner in litigation Manches 2005; head of department and member of management board; partner Penningtons Manches Cooper 2013 to date.

Head of international litigation group. Contact partner for firm’s international network Multilaw and co-chair of Multilaw litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution practice group.

Frequently published in the New Law Journal and the Commercial Litigation Journal and occasional national press legal commentator.


Commercial Litigation Association; Professional Negligence Lawyers Association; British Association of Sport and Law; Association of Dispute and Regulatory Lawyers; International Bar Association (Litigation Committee Member); American Bar Association; American Sports Lawyers Association; The Fraud Lawyers Association; Property Litigation Association; The Law Society International Law Section.


Christ’s College, Finchley; University College, London (1981 LLB Hons); College of Law, London.

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP’s full-service sports offering supports clients across football, including the League Managers Association, motorsports, athletics and esports. The practice also retains expertise in sailing and yacht races. Team head Andrew Haywood focuses on employment, eligibility, discrimination, business protection and disciplinary issues in sports. Richard Marshall has extensive experience in contentious sports-related matters, particularly regarding tax and fraud cases.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

(Leading individuals)

Richard Marshall – Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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.