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David Mumford QC

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 7 departments
Ranked in : Banking & Finance , Company , Partnership , Chancery: Commercial , Fraud: Civil , Offshore , Commercial Dispute Resolution
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Banking & Finance - London (Bar)

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David Mumford QC
David Mumford QC has significant expertise in areas including commercial chancery, banking and civil fraud. His financial disputes practice has recently focused on bond disputes, debt recovery and issues of fraud and insolvency in the industry. He is also experienced in resolving disputes through alternative means such as arbitration.
Strengths: "He is very calm, clear and a very good team player." "He is excellent."
Recent work: Acted for Tesco in defence of various claims brought by institutional shareholders arising out of its 2014 accounting scandal.
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Company - London (Bar)

Band 2

David Mumford QC
David Mumford QC is a well-regarded silk who often appears in high-profile company and commercial disputes. He takes instructions from banks, high net worth individuals and well-known corporations, and routinely appears in international disputes. He displays expertise in shareholder disputes, unlawful dividend claims and issues of directors' duty.
Strengths: "He has a gift for understanding the client's commercial objectives."
Recent work: Continued to act for Tesco in defence of various shareholder disputes.
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Partnership - London (Bar)

Band 2

David Mumford QC
David Mumford QC specialises in the litigation or arbitration of partnership-related disputes arising in a commercial context, including matters involving LLP structures. He is also well versed in partnership disputes involving property development. He frequently handles both litigation and arbitration.
Strengths: "Very calm and highly analytical, he gets the ear of the court." "An assured performer with a gentle advocacy style, who is very easy to work with."
Recent work: Acted for The Ruimys in Reuben v Ruimy, a dispute regarding an alleged joint venture to develop commercial properties in Romania and Germany.
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Chancery: Commercial - London (Bar)

Band 2

David Mumford QC
Strengths: "Very good and commercially very switched on. Despite his standing, he also has a lot of time for juniors and pupils." "He is really, really bright, very analytical and highly impressive."
Recent work: Acted for Tesco Plc defending various claims brought by institutional shareholders arising out of its 2014 accounting scandal.
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Fraud: Civil - London (Bar)

Band 2

David Mumford QC
David Mumford QC appears in substantial pieces of civil fraud litigation arising out of such issues as dishonest assistance and the misappropriation of assets. He is skilled at employing legal tools such as search, seizure and disclosure orders.
Strengths: "David is so articulate and has the ear of the court, making him capable of arguing the most difficult points. He can make any argument sound reasonable and is absolutely tremendous." "His written advocacy is superb and he's got a mind like a steel trap. He's a real intellectual with a brain the size of a planet and his submissions are wonderful. He's meticulous in his preparation."
Recent work: Defended Tesco against claims brought by institutional shareholders arising from a substantial accounting scandal in 2014.
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Offshore - London (Bar)

Band 3

David Mumford QC
David Mumford QC is often instructed in matters relating to civil fraud and breach of trust cases, among other complex disputes regarding offshore assets. He has experience working in the BVI, Jersey and Singapore.
Strengths: "He's not only brilliantly clever but he's so nice to work with and collaborative."
Recent work: Acted for a businessman in defence of freezing order proceedings brought against him in the BVI, ancillary to a multimillion-dollar fraud claim in Hong Kong.
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Commercial Dispute Resolution - London (Bar)

Band 2

David Mumford QC
Strengths: "Extremely able technically and someone who has an unusual ability to understand the clients' commercial objectives."
Recent work: Acted in a claim by an online travel payments business to hold the US card payments giant WEX to an M&A deal, which WEX is trying to resile from because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mumford appeared for the claimants.
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David specialises in commercial and chancery litigation, including contractual disputes, civil fraud, banking & finance, company & partnership, professional negligence, and claims against trustees and other fiduciaries. He acts as advocate and adviser in proceedings before the English courts, in domestic and international arbitrations, and in proceedings abroad.

David has been involved in a number of the largest and most high-profile commercial disputes of the last 15 years. He successfully represented Roy Ranson, the former Managing Director and Appointed Actuary of Equitable Life, at the trial of the £3.3bn action brought against the Society’s auditors and board as a result of its collapse. He then spent several years acting for the defendant fund managers in the Beresovsky litigation, involving claims in relation to alleged misappropriations of investments made with the prominent Georgian tycoon Badri Patarkatsishvilli running to hundreds of millions of dollars.

More recently, David has appeared in the s.90A FSMA shareholder claims against Tesco plc arising out of its 2014 accounting scandal, the dispute between UC Rusal plc, Roman Abramovich and Vladimir Potanin about their respective stakes in Norilsk Nickel, Russia’s largest mining company, and the €600m dividend claw-back claims in BTI v Sequana, now the leading authority on directors’ duties in the zone of insolvency.

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