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Barney Connell

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Barney is a senior associate whose practice covers all aspects of litigation and arbitration, in the High Court and Court of Appeal. Barney has extensive experience of disputes in the financial services sector, acting in high value disputes between financial institutions, and also claims against banks by small and medium-sized enterprises. Barney’s commercial litigation practice most often involves acting for clients in the technology, manufacturing, and medical device industries, in disputes concerning the implementation of IT systems, software licensing, and termination of agency agreements. In addition to litigation, Barney has advised clients on a broad range of commercial issues including anti-bribery and corruption, financial sanctions, competition law, and the development of class actions in the European Union.


University of Nottingham: BA Hons, Economics and Philosophy (First Class);  Nottingham Law School: GDL; LPC

Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Within: Next generation lawyers

Barney Connell - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

DLA Piper UK LLP is praised for its ‘excellent response times, pragmatic solution-oriented advice and incredible business acumen’, with notable expertise in telecoms litigation, cross-border disputes, competition law, construction disputes and finance litigation. Telecoms specialist Richard Norman leads the group; he recently defended The Coal Authority and Wentworth Woodhouse in a mining subsidence damage claim and represented Boots in a claim relating to the historic overcharging for water management services by Severn Trent Water. Arqiva, Atos, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Big Hand are also clients. Other noteworthy practitioners include senior associate Barney Connell, who is experienced in the financial services sector; IT litigator Ashley Mott, legal director Michael Wright, who specialises in mining and minerals issues; and senior associates Mick Lawlor and Harriet Farrant.

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