“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

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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.

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.

The Legal 500 UK Guide describes Daniel as “hugely talented“, “with a really creative eye for litigation strategy“, “an exceptionally committed, exceptionally hard working lawyer, with a careful and thorough approach to issues” and “a really effective litigator“. He has also been described as “very smart, client focused and details-oriented” and “excellent, with great attention to detail, wide experience and excellent client care’“. He has also been praised as “highly professional”, and “a strategic thinker” who “brings real energy to cases”. He is highly ranked across the Commercial Litigation, Banking Litigation and International Arbitration categories. He was recently described, by Commercial Dispute Resolution magazine, as “one of a new breed of independent and forceful commercial litigation partners”.

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 group of investors in proceedings in the Isle of Man 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 natural resources group 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

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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