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David Bowman

Senior Associate Dispute Resolution

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7611 4880


David is a Senior Associate and Solicitor Advocate, specialising in Commercial Disputes.

David has experience of a wide range of contentious areas including: banking and financial services litigation, commercial disputes, injunctive relief, insurance law, aviation law, shareholder & partnership disputes, judicial review of planning decisions, Chancery practice (including Company and Insolvency disputes) and professional negligence.

He is a commercial litigator who has successfully run cases in the Supreme Court, Court of the Appeal and the various divisions of the High Court. He frequently conducts his own advocacy and has direct experience of mediation, institutional arbitrations and many other forms of ADR.

Notably his clients have included: several international banks, a large multinational IT company, the publically owned passenger railway network in the USA, major flag-carrier airlines, high street retailers, medium sized enterprises and a number of wealthy and well known clients.

David is an enthusiastic Court advocate and holds the Higher Rights of Audience (Civil) qualification, which authorises him to appear before any civil court in England and Wales.

David is a member of the City of London Law Society, the Property Litigation Association, the London Solicitors Litigation Association and the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates.

Representative Experience

• East Bergholt Parish Council v Babergh District Council & Ors [2016] EWHC 3400 (Admin) judicial review of a planning decision to develop homes in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a notable decision on the proper application of housing site allocation policy.

• AIG Europe Ltd v OC320301 LLP [2017] UKSC 18 & [2016] EWCA Civ 367 & [2015] EWHC 2398 (Comm) – acting for 214 individual claimants in Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and Commercial Court proceedings relating to two foreign property developments with a value of £11.5million, now the leading authority on aggregation of insurance claims arising from solicitors’ negligence.

• Sea Cargo Skips AS v State Bank of India [2013] EWHC 177 (Comm) – an important decision in a £16 million claim highlighting the importance of properly framing demands under documentary credits.

• Ferrostaal GmbH (Ferrostaal AG) v State Bank of India & Nicholas Davy Todd  [SCCO 1400733] – a £1.1 million assessment of a High Court Enforcement Officer’s fees before the Senior Costs Judge.

• Quistis Consulting Ltd v TDP Direct Marketing Ltd (unreported), 22 May 2014 – as advocate, one of the first cases on the sanctions applicable for non-filing of costs budgets.

Career History

Senior Associate, Teacher Stern LLP

Senior Associate, Royds Withy King

Assistant Solicitor, Royds LLP