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David Pope specialises in Arbitration and Commercial litigation, particularly Banking & Finance disputes.

David has acted for and against banks throughout his career, in disputes covering many aspects of retail and investment banking. In recent years, he has been instructed in a large number of claims involving the alleged mis-selling of swaps and other interest-rate hedging products.

David also acts regularly in general commercial disputes, particularly between parties in the financial-services, energy and telecommunications industries. Most of these cases have a strong international flavour and some proceed as arbitrations.

David consequently has considerable experience of arbitral proceedings, especially under the ICC and LCIA rules. For over a decade before joining Outer Temple Chambers, David was a senior member of the pioneering in-house advocacy group at international law firm Dentons. In that capacity, he represented many of Dentons’ key clients, including foreign governments, Big Four accountancy firms, and multinational banks, energy companies, hotel chains and airlines.

David is a qualified mediator.

He is also a Senior Visiting Fellow at University College London, where he teaches a course that he developed entitled “Classical rhetoric and modern advocacy”.


Banking disputes form the core of David’s practice. He acts principally for UK clearing banks and overseas banks in claims against customers and other banks.

Much of his recent banking work has involved derivatives, mainly mis-selling claims by customers and inter-bank disputes about exotic products. He has been instructed on more than 15 interest-rate hedge mis-selling cases since 2013.


Marshall v Barclays Bank Plc EWHC 2000 (2015) (QB)

David acted for Barclays Bank PLC on its successful application to strike out a claim that the bank mis-sold an interest-rate swap.

The Coin Group Limited v Lloyds Bank Plc (2014 – 2015)

David acted for Lloyds Bank plc in a claim against it for the alleged mis-selling of three interest-rate derivatives. The claimant was a high-profile campaigner against hedge mis-selling and the case consequently attracted media coverage in print and on television.

Overseas Investment Bank (2010)

David acted for an overseas investment bank in a €70 million dispute with another overseas investment bank about the terms of two complex variance-swap transactions.

Fortis Bank SA / NV v Fluxo-Cane Overseas Limited (2009)

David acted for Fortis Bank in Commercial Court proceedings to recover substantial losses incurred by a corporate customer on sugar futures and options contracts. David was junior counsel to David Railton QC.

Appointments & Memberships



  • Harvard University Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship
  • Lincoln’s Inn Megarry & Wolfson Scholarships

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