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Penningtons Manches LLP

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John Doherty

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Penningtons Manches LLP

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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).

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Penningtons Manches LLP's 'level of service is outstanding and the team understands clients' commercial concerns'. Its commercial litigation work covers international litigation; group actions; banking and finance disputes; and defamation and reputation management. Other areas of strength are cyber crime, IP and IT disputes, product liability, regulatory matters and high-net-worth disputes.Commercial dispute resolution group Rustam Dubash is India group head, John Doherty's 'advice is a luxury for clients' and Richard Marshall is international litigation and arbitration head. Also recommended are Alex Fox, Jeremy Clarke-Williams, Noel McMichael, David Niven and Philip D’Costa. Dan Hyde joined from Howard Kennedy LLP.

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London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant

Within: Product liability: defendant

John Doherty  heads Penningtons Manches LLP practice and acts for large multinationals in unsafe consumer products matters and investigations conducted by Trading Standards, among other work. The practice was boosted with the hiring of Dan Hyde  from Howard Kennedy LLP in August 2017, and Jeremy Clarke-Williams  who joined in September 2017 from Slater and Gordon. The practice continues to act for Cannon Automotive and C.A. Holdings in proceedings against its former US distributor in relation to BMW car mats and Hyundai vehicles that were allegedly defective and sold across the US. Other key practitioners to note are Richard Marshall and Elise Bevan.

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