“He is a positive presence in every case and is good at client management.”

Chambers Europe 2024

“Dan is exceptional.”

Chambers Europe 2024

“Dan knows how to set the right course for the case and he does it with real aplomb.”

Chambers Europe 2024

I have extensive experience working with Daniel Spendlove and Ritwick Ghosh, as well as the wider team. Both are cool, calm, and collected and are able to deal with litigation in a diplomatic but forceful way. Both have handled high intensity situations with aplomb and know how to resolve both legal issues but also how handle funders and insurers in pressurised situations.”

The Legal 500 UK 2024

Daniel Spendlove is first class. Cool under pressure, a brilliant communicator and always with a practical solution to hand, he is also an intelligent and skilled lawyer.”

The Legal 500 UK 2024

A really excellent commercial litigator.

Chambers Global 2023

“Daniel has a brilliant legal brain coupled with common sense and pragmatism that gets the job done.”

Chambers UK 2023

an exceptionally skilled lawyer with an eye for detail and a strategic focus.”

Chambers UK 2023

“adept at representing clients in complex commercial and corporate disputes, including issues such as breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties and misrepresentation.”

Chambers UK 2023

Daniel Spendlove is a consummate professional and lawyer, combining intellectual and emotional intelligence in such a way as to make me, as a client, feel completely supported.”

The Legal 500 UK 2023

Daniel Spendlove has excellent communication skills and is a strategic thinker who always considers our strengths and weakness in moving the case forward. Daniel has an eye for detail and is very pleasant to deal with even in difficult moments. If he says he will do something he does it and his integrity is first class.”

The Legal 500 UK 2023

Daniel Spendlove is an outstanding litigator with particular experience of high-value and complex funded litigation. He is methodical, engaged, imaginative and bright. He combines a good legal brain with a commercial approach.”

The Legal 500 UK 2023

Daniel Spendlove is highly creative and commercial.”

The Legal 500 UK 2023

Dan Spendlove is genuine. He has tremendous empathy, enthusiasm and energy; all of it directed to the furtherance of my interests as his client. He has never wavered in his commitment or support. He is exactly the advisor I wished for.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

He builds and manages a team effectively and drives a case forward.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

A hugely talented partner who is fully engaged in his client’s matters.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

Daniel Spendlove remains a key practitioner and provides certainty and direction within big case management.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

Daniel Spendlove is very efficient and commercial, with a really creative eye for litigation strategy.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

He has good instincts for a case and is particularly effective at building relationships with clients and dealing with the complexities of funded litigation.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Daniel Spendlove is “a really effective litigator.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Daniel Spendlove is an “exceptionally committed, exceptionally hard working lawyer, with a careful and thorough approach to issues.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Daniel is “one of a new breed of independent and forceful commercial litigation partners”.

Commercial Dispute Resolution Magazine

Daniel is praised as being “highly professional”, and “a strategic thinker” who “brings real energy to cases”.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

Daniel is “very smart, client focused and details-oriented”.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

Biography

Daniel focuses on complex and high value commercial litigation and arbitration, both for claimants and defendants.

He represents clients across a range of industry sectors, including financial markets, investment funds, mining, oil and gas, and insurance/reinsurance. Most of his cases are international in nature, and he has co-ordinated proceedings in numerous common and civil law jurisdictions. He is particularly experienced in disputes emanating from the CEE region. He also handles group litigation.

Daniel has been, and continues to be, involved in some of the largest and highest profile cases in the London disputes market. In recent years he has acted in several cases which have featured in The Lawyer’s “Top 20 Cases of the Year”. He has also advised in internal investigations and civil fraud cases. As a solicitor-advocate, Daniel has rights of audience in the Higher Courts of England and Wales.

Daniel is ranked in the Chambers UK 2024 Guide for Commercial and Corporate Litigation, which praises Daniel as “exceptional” and a source says he “knows how to set the right course for the case and he does it with real aplomb.” Clients also recognise him for being “an exceptionally skilled lawyer with an eye for detail and a strategic focus”. Another source notes that “Daniel has a brilliant legal brain coupled with common sense and pragmatism that gets the job done.” Additionally, Daniel is highly ranked in both the Chambers Europe and Global 2024 Guides, with a source highlighting him as“exceptional” and a “positive presence in every case.” The Guide further notes that Daniel “knows how to set the right course for the case and he does it with real aplomb.”

The Legal 500 UK 2024 Guide describes Daniel as “an intelligent and skilled lawyer”, “a brilliant communicator and always with a practical solution to hand”, who is “cool under pressure” . He is recognised as a Leading Individual in the Commercial Litigation category and recommended in the Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation category.

Daniel trained and qualified at a major international law firm, where he undertook secondments to the firm’s Hong Kong office and one of the world’s largest financial institutions. He joined Signature in August 2013 from another leading City of London law firm.

Daniel has published articles and delivered talks on a number of topical issues, and regularly comments in the trade and legal press. He also sits on the Litigation Committee of the City of London Law Society.

Experience

  • Advising a US private equity firm in an M&A dispute before the High Court.
  • Defending partners in a UK private equity firm, along with associated global entities, in High Court ‎proceedings alleging diversion of a business opportunity.
  • Representing a bondholder in High Court proceedings seeking to recover sums owed under the bonds and other investment losses.
  • Acting for a claimant in High Court proceedings relating to an alleged secret commission arrangement.
  • Acting for a large group of investors in proceedings in the Isle of Man against major life insurance companies to recover substantial losses suffered from investment bonds.
  • Acting for ENRC in landmark proceedings brought by the Serious Fraud Office regarding legal professional privilege, which the Court of Appeal determined in ENRC’s favour. Daniel provided the evidence in support of the Company’s successful defence.
  • Representing a major steel conglomerate in heavy, multi-party LCIA arbitration proceedings seated in London.
  • Acting for the claimant in High Court professional negligence proceedings against a global law firm arising out of restructuring advice given in relation to a distressed loan.
  • Advising clients in numerous civil fraud and asset recovery cases.
  • Acting for and against London-market insurers in substantial, multi-jurisdictional insurance coverage disputes.

Publications

Marks & Clerk set for trial in ‘secret commissions’ case after appeal rejectedWorld Intellectual Property Review – 24 April 2024

IP Firm Can’t Take Bid To Block Clients’ Case To Top CourtLaw360 – 24 April 2024

Marks & Clerk to face ‘secret commissions’ case at trialManaging IP – 24 April 2024

UK Supreme Court rejects Marks & Clerk’s appeal in secret commissions case – Solicitors Journal – 23 April 2024

Court of Appeal green lights group claim against Marks & Clerk over commission paymentsThe Global Legal Post – 23 January 2024

IP law firm fails in bid to strike out ‘secret commissions’ claim – Legal Futures – 27 February 2023

IP Firm Can’t Block Claim Over Secret CommissionsLaw360 – 24 February 2023

IP firm to face class action over secret commissions – CDR News – 24 February 2023

News in relation to legal claim against Quilter and Friends ProvidentInternational Investment – 11 June 2020

News in relation to legal claim against Quilter and Friends ProvidentFT Adviser – 10 June 2020

News in relation to legal claim against Quilter and Friends ProvidentDaily Mail and This is Money – 9 June 2020 

News in relation to legal claim against Quilter and Friends ProvidentInternational Adviser – 2 June 2020 

Still punching – Can boutiques keep moving up a weight class?Legal Business – 27 March 2020

Press comments in relation to potential Woodford litigations – FT Ignites Europe – 17 October 2019

Two Perspectives On Navigating The Litigation Funding Process – Law360 – 9 September 2019

Press comments in relation to Woodford Investment Management Professional Adviser – 14 June 2019

Press comments in relation to Woodford Investment Management Investment Week – 10 June 2019

Press comments in relation to litigation funding – Private Debt Investor – 3 June 2019

Article in relation to hedge funds could claim new LIBOR compensation following PAG Court of Appeal ruling – HFM Compliance – 4 October 2018

Article in relation to closet tracker scandal and pensions schemes – Pension Aspects – October 2018

Throwing open the doors on closet trackers – Pensions Age – 30 September 2018

Article in relation to closet tracker scandal and pensions schemes – Professional Pensions – 4 September 2018

3rd­ Party Litigation Finance In UK: To Brexit And Beyond – Law 360 – May 2018

Litigation Trends 2017 – New Law Journal – August 2017

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