David Bridge

David Bridge


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

David Bridge is a partner and solicitor advocate in the Commercial Disputes Team at CMS London. He has over 10 years of experience handling large and complex claims, involving litigation, arbitration and all forms of ADR.

David’s work often involves claims for breach of contract, misrepresentation and shareholder/investor disputes. He regularly advises clients across a range of industry sectors, with a particular focus on life sciences and hotels & leisure.

David sits as an observer on the City of London Law Society Litigation Committee. He is recognised as a “Rising Star” in the 2013 to 2016 (inclusive) editions of London Super Lawyers and is published in a range of industry journals. He is a co-author of the English law chapter of the CMS Guide to International Arbitration.

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"He is technically excellent, hard-working, savvy and very pragmatic. A real class act."

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Relevant experience

  • A leading hotel & resort operator successfully obtaining injunctive relief preventing the termination of a long term management agreement, in support of LCIA arbitration proceedings.
  • A global pharmaceutical company in relation to a USD 500m claim for the recovery of the proceeds of patent litigation and a related shareholder tax claim.
  • A hotel owner in a USD 100m dispute with a global hotel operator.
  • A multinational corporation in relation to a large-scale fraud committed by its former senior management and related parties.
  • A commercial bank defending LCIA arbitration proceedings arising out of a disputed EUR 50 million investor option to acquire shares in a regional commercial bank prior to its merger.
  • IT corporation in relation to the defence of a claim by the UK Government concerning a significant and high-profile contract.
  • Successful settlement of a substantial joint venture shareholder dispute concerning the building of a luxury hotel in Moscow. In conjunction with CMS Moscow, David assisted the client in defending various claims for breach of contract, fiduciary duty, and fraud (with a total value of approximately USD 1bn) in addition to resisting cross-border injunctive relief in Cyprus and dealing with issues of enforcement in the British Virgin Islands.
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2013 – Higher Rights of Audience (Civil)

2003 – Legal Practice Course, Nottingham Law School, Nottingham

2002 – Post Graduate Diploma in Law, Nottingham Law School, Nottingham

2001 – BA, University of Birmingham, Birmingham

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International Centre for Dispute Resolution

LCIA Young International Arbitration Group

ICC Young Arbitrators Forum

City of London Law Society Litigation Committee (observer)

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2015 - Crowdfunding litigation - power to the people? - Legal Business Disputes Yearbook

2015 - No win, no fee, no problem? - The Journal

2013 - Stepping into the unknown – Solicitors Journal

2013 - We've got the power – The Commercial Litigation Journal

2010 - The long road to non-enforcement – Global Arbitration Review

2008 - Bond ‘no action’ clause: covers all claims – Practical Law Company

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Lectures list

2016 - Informa EU Pharmaceutical Law Forum 

2016 - Hotel Owners Conference

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Su­preme Court re­turns to a re­strict­ive ap­proach to "hy­po­thet­ic­al ne­go­ti­ation"...
The Su­preme Court has over­turned an earli­er de­cision by the Court of Ap­peal that made it easi­er for claimants to ob­tain dam­ages based on the fee they could hy­po­thet­ic­ally have charged to give per­mis­sion to a de­fend­ant for something that would oth­er­wise in­fringe.
The new dis­clos­ure pi­lot is a once-in-a- gen­er­a­tion op­por­tun­ity to...
The con­sulta­tion on the pro­posed two-year pi­lot of a new dis­clos­ure prac­tice dir­ec­tion closed on Wed­nes­day 28 Feb­ru­ary. The pro­posed pi­lot is ex­tremely broad, ap­ply­ing to all claims in the Busi­ness and Prop­erty courts ex­cept com­pet­i­tion claims and those with­in.
“Wait and see” is not an op­tion: No­tice of grounds for a claim must...
The Court of Ap­peal has held that a gen­er­al ref­er­ence to breaches of war­ranty was in­suf­fi­cient to com­ply with a re­quire­ment to no­ti­fy the grounds on which a claim was based. Teoco UK v Air­com Jer­sey & an­oth­er [2018] EW­CA Civ 23 con­cerned an SPA that re­quired.
Ju­di­ciary pro­poses pi­lot to test a new ‘im­proved’ dis­clos­ure re­gime
A work­ing group chaired by Lady Justice Gloster has pub­lished a com­pletely re­writ­ten prac­tice dir­ec­tion on dis­clos­ure to be pi­loted over two years, be­gin­ning in the second quarter of 2018. The pro­posed pi­lot is ex­tremely broad, ap­ply­ing to all claims in the.
Com­pet­i­tion Ap­peal Tribunal dis­misses £14 bil­lion col­lect­ive ac­tion...
Mas­ter­Card has suc­cess­fully op­posed a col­lect­ive ac­tion in the Com­pet­i­tion Ap­peal Tribunal (“CAT”), in the latest in­stal­ment of the mul­ti­lat­er­al in­ter­change fee (“MIF”) lit­ig­a­tion.   Mas­ter­Card faced a £14 bil­lion claim – the largest ever filed in the UK – brought.
Avoid­ing the "death spir­al": High Court finds for Mas­ter­Card in in­ter­change...
Mas­ter­Card has pre­vailed in ten High Court ac­tions (heard to­geth­er) brought against it by UK high street re­tail­ers, in the latest in­stal­ment of the mul­ti­lat­er­al in­ter­change fee (“MIF”) lit­ig­a­tion. In a judg­ment of 30 Janu­ary 2017, the High Court found that.
The Fu­ture Struc­ture of the Civil Courts?
Sum­mary On 27 Ju­ly 2016 Lord Justice Briggs pub­lished his fi­nal re­port on the struc­ture and func­tion­ing of the civil courts in Eng­land and Wales (the Fi­nal Re­port). The Fi­nal Re­port is the res­ult of a year-long re­view and makes a num­ber of bold and wide-ran­ging.