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David Whiting specialises in all areas of commercial dispute resolution.

He has over 30 years’ experience acting for major companies and high net worth individuals in complex and high value disputes. Having worked at major firms, his clients range from owner-managed businesses such as security agencies and retailers, to NHS trusts, county councils and international PLCs.

He has a particular emphasis on commercial contracts, director/shareholder/partnership disputes, contentious insolvency, statutory demands, as well as debt collection (including bankruptcy and winding up proceedings).

Creative thinking and understanding his clients’ businesses underpin David’s approach to prevent disputes or settle them cost effectively. However, if that cannot be achieved, his experience of court proceedings, arbitration, mediation, expert determination and other forms of alternative dispute resolution will ensure that the dispute is guided to the appropriate forum for a speedy resolution. Often a pre-emptive strike or the maintenance of the status quo is required by seeking an injunction.

In his career to date, David has helped set up Howes Percival’s dispute resolution department in Northampton, established Shoosmiths’ Milton Keynes office, and built four successful civil litigation sub-departments at Needham & James. He also led the dispute resolution team at Legal 500-ranked firm Spratt Endicott.

Some of David’s notable cases include:

  • Acted for an internationally renowned DJ and others in the reported case Innovation Event Management Limited -v- Unity in the Sun Limited and others [2019] EWHC 2138 (IPEC), defending a passing off action involving the production of an international music festival in Greece.
  • Advised an English company, which provided services for the joining of cables to the wind turbines of a Scottish utilities company, on breach of contract and negligence, and advised the company’s insurers as to whether the company’s claim for the costs of its defence should or should not be met under a Management Liability Policy.
  • Advised a global security company on the termination of a £7m contract with a leading UK supermarket
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