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Davina Given

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Commercial disputes.


Davina advises corporates, financial institutions and individuals on a range of complex commercial and financial disputes. These have included claims arising out of financial structures such as hedge fund linked notes and syndicated loans, as well as breaches of warranty and professional negligence. Davina also has extensive experience of national and international internal, regulatory and criminal investigations in relation to money laundering, bribery, sanctions, smuggling and compliance with financial regulation.  She also has experience in art-related disputes.


Trained Allen & Overy LLP; qualified 2004; Allen & Overy 2004-12; RPC 2014; partner RPC 2015. Publications of note: contributor to ‘Serious Economic Crime: A boardroom guide to prevention and compliance’ (ed Travers, 2011).




London Solicitors Litigation Association; Commercial Litigators Forum; Financial Services Lawyers Association; Professional Advisors to the International Art Market; City of London Law Society Corporate Crime and Corruption Committee.


The Abbey School, Reading; St Hilda’s College, Oxford University (2000 BA (Hons) First Class Classics); Oxford Brookes University (2001 Post-Graduate Diploma in Law, Distinction); Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (2002 Legal Practice Certificate, Distinction); 2011 Higher Courts (Civil Advocacy) qualification.

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

'One of the best firms for a client up against a big financial institution', RPC's conflict-free practice is able to act against investment banks for parties such as European regional banks, pension funds, hedge funds, other asset managers, and the investment vehicles of high-net-worth individuals. Representative work for the 'sound, concise, precise and effective team' includes disputes involving corporate bonds, hybrid products and complex structured investment products as well as disputes involving loan facilities and fraud; and the practice has experienced increasing amounts of insolvency and restructuring work. It acted for Cypriot company MountainPeak Trading, a wholly- owned subsidiary of German company Adler Real Estate, in its claim against Citibank in the English High Court for damages arising from an alleged overpayment under a facility agreement; the case raises interesting issues regarding the law of duress in a commercial setting. Department head Tom Hibbert 'must be about the best litigator around when going against a bank'; Simon Hart 'really knows his subject'; and Andy McGregor is 'a high- class performer'. Davina Given and Parham Kouchikali are also highly regarded. Jonathan Cary returned to London from the Hong Kong office and Chris Ross was made partner. Alan Williams is a key senior associate.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

In addition to handling mainstream commercial disputes work, RPC fields a number of specialist contentious teams covering banking and finance, commodities, tax, employment, real Estate, IP, IT and insurance along with international arbitration, construction, competition and media. The team acted for Ingenious Media Holdings, a media production and finance company (and related companies and directors), in High Court claims brought by a large number of investors; the claims relate to alleged losses said to arise from investments into various film production partnerships and investors' ability to claim sideways loss tax relief. Commercial disputes head Geraldine Elliott has particular expertise in handling warranty claims, shareholder and joint venture disputes, and asset and financial recovery; and Tom Hibbert is global commercial disputes head. Simon Hart, Andy McGregor, Tim Brown, Rupert Boswall, Davina Given, and Parham Kouchikali and Stuart Shepherd are also key practitioners, while Jonathan Cary returned to the London office from Hong Kong. The key senior associates are Daniel Wyatt, Charlotte Henschen (née Ducker) and Matthew Evans.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

RPC¬†provides¬†‚Äėtimely, expert and practical advice tailored to clients' specific circumstances‚Äô. It advises corporations in criminal investigations and corporate witnesses in compliance with production orders and statutory demands for information and documentation. Key client sectors include professional services, media, construction, retail and art as well as having a particular focus on the insurance sector. Davina Given¬†heads the team, which includes¬†Jonathan Cary,¬†who relocated from the Hong Kong office.¬†Parham Kouchikali¬†is also recommended.¬†Richard Burger¬†joined¬†DWF.

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