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Penningtons Manches LLP

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David Niven

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Work Department

Commercial dispute resolution, transport, professional negligence.


David is a partner in the commercial dispute resolution team in the London office and head of the transport sector group. He joined Penningtons Manches from Wedlake Saint in 2011, having qualified as a solicitor in 1985 with a magic circle law firm.

He specialises in all aspects of dispute resolution and also has particular expertise in transport regulatory work including representing clients at public inquiries and advising goods vehicle and passenger service operators on regulatory matters and road traffic prosecutions. Additionally, David leads Penningtons Manches' professional negligence team which has a growing specialism in acting for claimants in high value, multi-party actions against solicitors. He is currently advising on three separate multi-party professional negligence actions against legal practices, including a claim for a large number of prospective purchasers of holiday homes in failed property developments in Calabria, Italy. A committee member of both the London and South Eastern Coach Passenger Transport Association and the Freight Transport Association's Greater London Freight Council, David also holds a Certificate of Professional Competence.


Trained Allen & Overy; qualified 1985; partner Wedlake Saint 1996-11; partner Penningtons 2011.


Hitchin Boys' Grammar School; King's College University of London (1981 LLB Hons).

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Penningtons Manches Cooper is experienced both in acting for and against banks, including advising business clients that have suffered loss, individuals who have been mis-sold products, and former employees; and the team has particular expertise in high-profile swaps litigation. Alex Fox is business and finance disputes head, and Rustam Dubash and David Niven are also highly regarded. Dan Hyde joined from Howard Kennedy LLP; Hyde has an established white-collar practice that encompasses commercial fraud, business crime and contentious financial regulation.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Penningtons Manches Cooper'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

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Penningtons Manches Cooper‚Äôs ‚Äėvery professional‚Äô team regularly acts for claimants in multi-party professional negligence claims.¬†David Niven¬†represented multiple claimants in a ¬£6m action against an international solicitors' firm in relation to purchases of off-plan properties in two developments in Calabria, Italy; he is also representing various claimants in a ¬£1.3m group action against a solicitors' firm, regarding losses arising out of failed off-plan transactions for the purchase of leasehold interests in hotel rooms and student accommodation in a number of failed property developments across Britain. Richard Marshall¬†heads the international trade and commerce group and specialises in negligence and regulatory claims involving solicitors, accountants, architects and surveyors. Senior associate David O‚ÄôBrien¬†is also a key member of the team. Rustam Dubash¬†heads the commercial dispute resolution team.

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