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David Greene

David specialises in commercial litigation including competition claims and claims on behalf of shareholders, and is Head of the Class Action and Finance Litigation department. He was articled with Edwin Coe and qualified in 1980, becoming a Partner in 1984 and Senior Partner in April 2011.

David served as the 176th President of the Law Society – the independent professional body for solicitors in England & Wales. In this role, he represents the organisation at home and abroad, and is Chair of their Council. David won the Law Society’s presidential election for 2018 and was appointed as Deputy Vice President in July 2018, becoming Vice President in 2019 and President in 2020-1.

He has developed a strong following in contentious competition work being involved in cases in front of the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), High Court and Competition Commission. He has for many years advised sovereign states on disputes in international tribunals and particularly specialises in work involving governments in sub-Saharan Africa.

David was appointed by the Lord Chancellor to the Civil Procedure Rules Committee in 1997. He was then appointed in 2002 as a member of the Civil Justice Council. He is the author of ‘Civil Procedure Rules‘, an associate editor of ‘Civil Practice Manual‘, on the editorial board of Butterworths’ ‘The Civil Court Practice‘ (‘the Green Book‘), a contributor to the Law Society’s ‘Civil Litigation Manual‘, and the author of two titles for Atkins Court Forms.

David has worked on numerous high profile cases including:

  • Railtrack shareholders’ action against the Government
  • Northern Rock
  • Resort Hotels
  • E-District
  • many shareholder groups in complaints to the FSA and in private claims including Langbar, Mayflower and Torex
  • depositors in KSF (Isle of Man)
  • investors in the Madoff fraud
  • Stanford Investment Fund.

Published books include:

  • Shareholder Claims (2012) Jordan publishing Ltd
  • Civil Practice Manual
  • The Civil Court Practice 2003 (‘The Green Book’)
  • Atkins Court Forms 2000-2001
  • The Civil Litigation Handbook 2001
  • International Employment Law 2000
David Greene awards

Expertise

Credentials

  • Ranked as a Senior Statesperson in Chambers UK 2024

  • Recommended in Legal 500 UK 2024’s Commercial Litigation ‘Hall of Fame’

  • Recommended in Legal 500 UK 2024’s Group Litigation ‘Hall of Fame’

  • Recommended in Legal 500 UK 2023 for Civil Fraud

  • Recognised by Best Lawyers as a leader in Competition Law and Litigation since 2009

  • The Law Society’s President 2020-21 (Deputy Vice President 2018 and Vice President 2019)

  • Winner of The Law Society Gazette 2017 Legal Personality of the Year

  • Winner of Rule of Law Award for Article 50 litigation at the Solicitors Journal Awards 2017

  • Founding Co-President of The Collective Redress Lawyers Association (CORLA)

  • Council member of the Law Society. His seat is for international practice

  • President of the London Solicitors Litigation Association

  • Member of the Executive Committee of the London Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

  • CEDR accredited mediator

  • Assessor for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Quotes

He's been doing group actions for a long time and is very well known in this space.


Chambers UK 2024

He's been doing group actions for a long time and is very well known in this space.

Chambers UK 2024

David Greene is a very safe pair of hands. He knows this field and what he's doing.


Chambers UK 2024

David Greene is a very safe pair of hands. He knows this field and what he's doing.

Chambers UK 2024

He's been doing group actions for a long time and is very well known in this space.


Chambers UK 2024

He's been doing group actions for a long time and is very well known in this space.

Chambers UK 2024

David Greene is not just a very fast thinker. A perfect choice if you need to recommend a litigator with the needed s...
The Legal 500 UK 2024

David Greene is not just a very fast thinker. A perfect choice if you need to recommend a litigator with the needed sense for economics.

The Legal 500 UK 2024

David Greene is a very well known legal figure – a charming and totally switched on solicitor who is aware of and o...
The Legal 500 UK 2024

David Greene is a very well known legal figure – a charming and totally switched on solicitor who is aware of and often ahead of the trends in litigation.

The Legal 500 UK 2024

I’ve had the pleasure of working with David Greene and Fred Sheppard for several years. I was – and still am – ...
The Legal 500 UK 2024

I’ve had the pleasure of working with David Greene and Fred Sheppard for several years. I was – and still am – particularly impressed by their ability to identify and address quickly the most pressing issues in very complex transactions involving multi-layer corporate structures. And one of the qualities that stands out most is their almost instant availability for discussion of urgent matters despite their significant workload.

The Legal 500 UK 2024

David Greene is one of the best litigation solicitors practising in the City who commands the respect, and fear, of h...
The Legal 500 UK 2024

David Greene is one of the best litigation solicitors practising in the City who commands the respect, and fear, of his peers.

The Legal 500 UK 2024

Charming and totally switched-on.


The Legal 500 UK 2024

Charming and totally switched-on.

The Legal 500 UK 2024

David Greene is a delight to deal with.


The Legal 500 UK 2024

David Greene is a delight to deal with.

The Legal 500 UK 2024

David Greene is very experienced, and especially good with strategy and identifying commercial solutions.


The Legal 500 UK 2023

David Greene is very experienced, and especially good with strategy and identifying commercial solutions.

The Legal 500 UK 2023

David Greene is exceptional and will take the time to engage fully. He is an exceptional strategic thinker.


The Legal 500 UK 2023

David Greene is exceptional and will take the time to engage fully. He is an exceptional strategic thinker.

The Legal 500 UK 2023

David Greene and senior associate Fred Sheppard are exemplary professionals, who are able to provide both practical a...
The Legal 500 UK 2023

David Greene and senior associate Fred Sheppard are exemplary professionals, who are able to provide both practical and doctrinal perspective on very complex issues involving international commercial and financial litigation.

The Legal 500 UK 2023

David Greene and Fred Sheppard have vast international experience that allows them to see a particular case from vari...
The Legal 500 UK 2023

David Greene and Fred Sheppard have vast international experience that allows them to see a particular case from various angles and offer the clients unexpected and clever solutions.’

The Legal 500 UK 2023

David Greene is very experienced, particularly in group actions, and superb on big-picture strategy.


The Legal 500 UK 2022

David Greene is very experienced, particularly in group actions, and superb on big-picture strategy.

The Legal 500 UK 2022

David Greene’s experience and judgment is virtually unparalleled in the market.


The Legal 500 UK 2021

David Greene’s experience and judgment is virtually unparalleled in the market.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Very strong individuals – Ali Zaidi and David Greene in particular are excellent both tactically and technical...
The Legal 500 UK 2021

Very strong individuals – Ali Zaidi and David Greene in particular are excellent both tactically and technically.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

David Greene is the embodiment of the Edwin Coe business model: draped in litigation experience; calm in any storm; h...
The Legal 500 UK 2020

David Greene is the embodiment of the Edwin Coe business model: draped in litigation experience; calm in any storm; highly effective.

The Legal 500 UK 2020

The embodiment of the Edwin Coe business model - draped in experience, calm in any storm and highly effective.


The Legal 500 UK 2020

The embodiment of the Edwin Coe business model - draped in experience, calm in any storm and highly effective.

The Legal 500 UK 2020

David Greene gives the best strategic and tactical advice and goes above and beyond the call of duty to support clien...
The Legal 500 UK 2019

David Greene gives the best strategic and tactical advice and goes above and beyond the call of duty to support clients to great effect.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

David Greene is highly motivated to look after clients.


The Legal 500 UK 2019

David Greene is highly motivated to look after clients.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

David Greene is unflappable, practical and realistic.


The Legal 500 UK 2017

David Greene is unflappable, practical and realistic.

The Legal 500 UK 2017

Class action specialist David Greene is an experienced litigator, has very good judgement and is excellent with clien...
The Legal 500 UK 2017

Class action specialist David Greene is an experienced litigator, has very good judgement and is excellent with clients.

The Legal 500 UK 2017

David Greene is known as the results-driven.


The Legal 500 UK 2016

David Greene is known as the results-driven.

The Legal 500 UK 2016

David Greene is recommended for his diverse and international caseload.


Chambers UK 2016

David Greene is recommended for his diverse and international caseload.

Chambers UK 2016

The flexible and approachable department at Edwin Coe LLP is led by the intuitive and very strategic David Greene. The Legal 500 UK 2015

The flexible and approachable department at Edwin Coe LLP is led by the intuitive and very strategic David Greene.

The Legal 500 UK 2015

David Greene is exceptional both in his skills, leading his team and his overseas contracts.


Client Feedback Survey 2015

David Greene is exceptional both in his skills, leading his team and his overseas contracts.

Client Feedback Survey 2015

They understand their clients' needs and work hard to meet those needs without incurring unnecessary costs.


Client Feedback Survey 2015

They understand their clients' needs and work hard to meet those needs without incurring unnecessary costs.

Client Feedback Survey 2015

Edwin Coe LLP has a team of effective and efficient litigators, led by David Green.


The Legal 500 UK 2014

Edwin Coe LLP has a team of effective and efficient litigators, led by David Green.

The Legal 500 UK 2014

David Greene is praised as an experienced operator who knows his way around a courtroom.


Chambers UK 2013

David Greene is praised as an experienced operator who knows his way around a courtroom.

Chambers UK 2013

David Greene is a tenacious negotiator.


The Legal 500 UK 2012

David Greene is a tenacious negotiator.

The Legal 500 UK 2012

a leading light for class action work….His tactical nous is second to none.


Chambers UK 2012

a leading light for class action work….His tactical nous is second to none.

Chambers UK 2012

David Greene's strength is managing complex cases with hundreds of clients.


The Legal 500 UK 2011

David Greene's strength is managing complex cases with hundreds of clients.

The Legal 500 UK 2011

David Greene is a very experienced and versatile litigator.


The Legal 500 UK 2010

David Greene is a very experienced and versatile litigator.

The Legal 500 UK 2010

David Greene is praised for his business acumen and industry knowledge.


The Legal 500 UK 2010

David Greene is praised for his business acumen and industry knowledge.

The Legal 500 UK 2010

David Greene is a remarkable orchestrator of complicated class action cases. He has considerable international experi...
Chambers UK 2011

David Greene is a remarkable orchestrator of complicated class action cases. He has considerable international experience and is widely regarded as a leading figure in the field.

Chambers UK 2011

Renowned as the king of class actions.


Chambers UK 2010

Renowned as the king of class actions.

Chambers UK 2010

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David Greene

Senior Partner

Head of Commercial Disputes & Class Actions

David Greene

David specialises in commercial litigation including competition claims and claims on behalf of shareholders, and is Head of the Class Action and Finance Litigation department. He was articled with Edwin Coe and qualified in 1980, becoming a Partner in 1984 and Senior Partner in April 2011.

David served as the 176th President of the Law Society – the independent professional body for solicitors in England & Wales. In this role, he represents the organisation at home and abroad, and is Chair of their Council. David won the Law Society’s presidential election for 2018 and was appointed as Deputy Vice President in July 2018, becoming Vice President in 2019 and President in 2020-1.

He has developed a strong following in contentious competition work being involved in cases in front of the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), High Court and Competition Commission. He has for many years advised sovereign states on disputes in international tribunals and particularly specialises in work involving governments in sub-Saharan Africa.

David was appointed by the Lord Chancellor to the Civil Procedure Rules Committee in 1997. He was then appointed in 2002 as a member of the Civil Justice Council. He is the author of ‘Civil Procedure Rules‘, an associate editor of ‘Civil Practice Manual‘, on the editorial board of Butterworths’ ‘The Civil Court Practice‘ (‘the Green Book‘), a contributor to the Law Society’s ‘Civil Litigation Manual‘, and the author of two titles for Atkins Court Forms.

David has worked on numerous high profile cases including:

  • Railtrack shareholders’ action against the Government
  • Northern Rock
  • Resort Hotels
  • E-District
  • many shareholder groups in complaints to the FSA and in private claims including Langbar, Mayflower and Torex
  • depositors in KSF (Isle of Man)
  • investors in the Madoff fraud
  • Stanford Investment Fund.

Expertise

  • Class Action Litigation: Overview
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution: Overview
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Asset protection and recovery
  • Civil Fraud  
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Competition/EU Litigation
  • Defamation
  • Professional and Disciplinary Tribunals

Experience

Published books include:

  • Shareholder Claims (2012) Jordan publishing Ltd
  • Civil Practice Manual
  • The Civil Court Practice 2003 (‘The Green Book’)
  • Atkins Court Forms 2000-2001
  • The Civil Litigation Handbook 2001
  • International Employment Law 2000

Credentials

  • Ranked as a Senior Statesperson in Chambers UK 2024

  • Recommended in Legal 500 UK 2024’s Commercial Litigation ‘Hall of Fame’

  • Recommended in Legal 500 UK 2024’s Group Litigation ‘Hall of Fame’

  • Recommended in Legal 500 UK 2023 for Civil Fraud

  • Recognised by Best Lawyers as a leader in Competition Law and Litigation since 2009

  • The Law Society’s President 2020-21 (Deputy Vice President 2018 and Vice President 2019)

  • Winner of The Law Society Gazette 2017 Legal Personality of the Year

  • Winner of Rule of Law Award for Article 50 litigation at the Solicitors Journal Awards 2017

  • Founding Co-President of The Collective Redress Lawyers Association (CORLA)

  • Council member of the Law Society. His seat is for international practice

  • President of the London Solicitors Litigation Association

  • Member of the Executive Committee of the London Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

  • CEDR accredited mediator

  • Assessor for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

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