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David Lawne

David joined Hausfeld as an associate in 2011 and was promoted to partner on 1st January 2019.  He specialises in complex commercial litigation.


He is a solicitor advocate with a broad range of experience in the High Court, including both trials and interlocutory relief as well as alternative dispute resolution such as mediations. David currently acts across a range of financial services and banking disputes.  

Practice Areas

Commercial Disputes

David has played a lead role on many of our most important financial services and banking disputes since we began to diversify into this area.  Recent cases include:

  • FX Claim UK collective action in respect of FX spot trading cartels
  • Leeds City Council & Ors v Barclays Bank plc
  • Stuart Wall v Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Premier Motor Auctions v Lloyds Bank and PwC
  • Graiseley Properties & Ors v Barclays Bank plc, widely recognised as a “test case” for LIBOR misrepresentation claims

Competition Disputes

In the area of competition law, David has acted for claimants in several follow-on cartel damages claims, including High Court claims arising from the Paraffin Wax and Marine Hose cartels.

What Others Say

Legal 500

David is listed as a 'key lawyer'. - Banking litigation: Investment and Retail, 2021

“David shows notable skills and experience in the area of banking and litigation and he is switched on and easy to deal with.” - Banking litigation: Investment and Retail, 2019

Super Lawyers

In 2015, David was recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ in the field of Commercial Litigation in London.


Legal Practice Course, The College of Law 
Graduate Diploma in Law, The College of Law
BA, University of Warwick
Postgraduate Diploma in EC Competition Law, King's College

Bar Admissions

Solicitor, England and Wales
Higher Rights (Civil Advocacy)

News & Press

"New assistant: David Lawne at Hausfeld & Co LLP", The Law Society Gazette, 6 October 2011.

"Hausfeld & Co expands with new recruits", Hausfeld & Co LLP, 26 September 2011.


The most recent articles and blogs that David has contributed to can be found in the respective sections below. In addition:

In Search of Security - Is ATE still adequate as security for costs? - Litigation Funding Magazine, 2018, co-authored with John McElroy

Plugging contribution holes for defendants and springing disclosure opportunities for claimants – the copper tubes cartel damages claim – Global Competition Law Review, January 2014, co-authored with Boris Bronfentrinker and Simon Latham

European Private Enforcement: The Claimant’s Perspective - Competition Law Journal, The Private Competition Enforcement Review, 7th Edition, 2014, co-authored with Lianne Craig

European Private Enforcement: The Claimant’s Perspective - Competition Law Journal, The Private Competition Enforcement Review, 6th Edition, September 2013, co-authored with Lianne Craig

Private Enforcement and Collective Redress: a Claimant Perspective on the Proposed BIS reforms - Competition Law Journal, June 2013

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