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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”.

Commercial & Chancery

David has acted in commercial disputes in the English courts (and, occasionally, in foreign courts) throughout his career.

He has particular experience of disputes in the financial-services, energy and telecommunications industries, although he has recently acted in claims involving a former Premier League footballer and a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family.

David was instructed for many years in the litigation arising from the collapse of the Independent Insurance Group.


Tyndaris LLP v Continental Property Investments S.A. (2015 – 2016)

David is acting for a London-based investment fund in a High Court claim for fees due in connection with the failed recapitalisation of a substantial multinational property portfolio.

Al Nahyan v Elite Performance Cars Ltd [2015] EWHC 950 (QB)

David acted for the respondent to an application in the High Court by a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family to be released from undertakings he had given in relation to a high-performance motor car.

Léon Lambert v Christopher Samba (2014)

David acted for a Luxembourg-based football players’ agent in successful proceedings brought by him against a former Premier League footballer for payment of outstanding commission.

R&Q USA, Inc v Seaton Insurance Company & Another (2011)

David acted for Enstar Group, one of the world’s largest insurance run-off companies, in a US$75 million Commercial Court fraud claim and the substantial related costs dispute.

Appointments & Memberships



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