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Pippa Manby has a broad commercial practice, encompassing general commercial disputes, professional liability and disciplinary matters, costs, insurance and sports work. This encompasses disputes proceeding both by way of litigation and arbitration. She also sits as an arbitrator in sports disputes.
Pippa is recognised by the directories as a Leading Junior in Professional Liability, Sports Law and Costs where she is described as “very astute and easy to work with… able to simplify complex issues in a straightforward manner.” “An extremely personable barrister who puts her clients at ease but turns into a Rottweiler in court”, “a rising star, who achieves good results against more experienced opponents”, “bright, responsive, down to earth and user-friendly”, “efficient at understanding the brief – she has no weaknesses”, “a creative thinker with a good analytical mind, she is fast, decisive and insightful”, “technically sound with a very commercial approach to legal issues and solutions” and “confident on her feet with a strong grasp of detail.”
More detail regarding Pippa’s experience in particular areas can be found by following the links to the various practice areas.
Before coming to the Bar Pippa read Ancient and Modern History at Worcester College, Oxford where she was a scholar. She then took a year out working in the Gambia for the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa. Pippa completed the GDL at City University where she obtained a Distinction and was a finalist in the internal mooting competition judged by Lord Hoffmann. Pippa was graded Outstanding on the BVC winning a Buchanan Prize from Lincoln’s Inn. Lincoln’s Inn has also awarded her Hardwicke, Lord Denning and Levitt Scholarships.
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Pippa’s commercial practice is broad and includes cases across a range of disputes in the United Kingdom and internationally. She has experience of cases involving the supply of goods and services, banking and finance, fraud, breach of warranty SPA claims, company law, guarantees, insurance and insolvency and bankruptcy.
She has experience of recovery actions, including obtaining injunctions and freezing injunctions.
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“A strong advocate, able to go up alone against leading counsel and pivot rapidly in the face of unexpected developments.” – Legal 500, 2022
“Effective communicator – both with client and judge.” – Legal 500, 2021
“She has a level of expertise that far exceeds her year of call.” – Legal 500, 2020
“Confident on her feet with a strong grasp of detail.” – Legal 500, 2019
“A rising star, who achieves good results against more experienced opponents.” – Legal 500, 2018
Costs forms a substantial part of Pippa’s practice. Pippa is regularly instructed in both inter-parties and solicitor-client disputes covering the full range of costs matters. She appears regularly in costs matters in the County Courts, Senior Courts Costs Office and High Court and has appeared before the Supreme Court’s costs officers.
Pippa has experience of cases concerning:
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Pippa is regularly instructed to provide advice on and to act in insurance matters. She has experience of claims involving:
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Pippa accepts instructions in disputes proceeding by way of arbitration.
Pippa has been instructed as part of a large team in an LCIA arbitration concerning a £800m contract for the design, development, testing and support of a complex IT system.
She has also been instructed in a commercial dispute relating to media rights in the European Court of Arbitration.
“Pippa Manby is very astute and easy to work with. She is able to simplify complex issues in a straightforward manner.” – Chambers & Partners, 2023
“Pippa cuts to the heart of the issues and provides practical and clear advice. Her written work is concise and her advocacy is thorough, well thought through and persuasive.’ – Legal 500, 2023
“Pippa is extremely bright and hard working. She demonstrates a dogged pursuit of detail and is a fearsome opponent.” – Legal 500, 2022
“A very diligent and extremely bright barrister. She focuses on the difficult issues and makes them simpler.” “She’s easy to work with, she provides concise advice on complex areas, and she’s someone who can answer questions with a sensible and detailed response.” – Chambers & Partners, 2022
“She is hard working, leaves no stone unturned and is excellent technically. One to watch.” – Legal 500, 2021
“She is a rising star and is just very straightforward in her advice and advocacy – she makes complex things simple.” – Chambers & Partners, 2021
“Bright, responsive, down to earth, and user-friendly.” – Legal 500, 2020
“An extremely personable barrister who puts her clients at ease but turns into a rottweiler in court.” “She is very effective in her presentation to the judge and has a professional way of dealing with discussions between parties.” – Chambers & Partners, 2020
Professional liability forms a substantial part of Pippa’s practice and she is recognised by both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 as a leading junior in this area. Pippa has advised and acted for claimants and defendants in professional liability actions involving solicitors, barristers, patent attorneys, accountants / auditors, IFAs, surveyors, insurance brokers, construction professionals, tax advisers and other professionals.
During pupillage Pippa assisted with the preparation of the Respondent’s case for the appeal to the Supreme Court in Jones v Kaney  UKSC 13 (the case which abolished expert witness immunity from suit).
Pippa has substantial experience of claims for and against accountants, auditors and tax advisers. She has experience of cases involving tax advice; accounting and book-keeping services; audit; and wider financial advice (including pensions).
Pippa is comfortable acting in cases with complex underlying financial and accounting issues.
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Pippa is experienced at acting for and against construction professionals.
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Pippa has substantial experience of cases involving those involved in providing legal services. As well as a significant practice in cases involving solicitors and barristers, she also has experience of cases involving patent attorneys, costs draftsmen / lawyers and notaries.
She has experience of cases involving corporate transactions, M&A, conveyancing, lost litigation, privilege, underlying family and criminal proceedings, probate and (wasted) costs.
She is comfortable acting in actions which include complex underlying financial transactions.
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Pippa has varied experience of claims against IFAs and other financial services professionals. She has experience of claims relating to tax mitigation schemes, pensions, failures to implement client instructions and failures in relation to assessment of client risk appetite.
Pippa has experience of bringing and defending claims against insurance brokers. This is complemented by her practice in insurance law. Her experience of such claims includes experience in relation to disclosure, notification of circumstances to insurers and negligent placing of insurance.
Recent examples of her work include:
Pippa has significant experience of bringing and defending claims against surveyors and valuers.
Recent examples of her work include:
Pippa has wide-ranging experience of regulatory and disciplinary matters in a sports law context. She is keen to expand her practice in this area in the professional regulatory and disciplinary context.
She recently appeared (led by Ben Hubble KC) in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal on behalf of a respondent solicitor in a highly-publicised case raising allegations of dishonesty and misleading the court.
“Very assured advocate and adaptable in her approach” – Legal 500, 2023
“She is technically excellent and strong in anti-doping work.” – Legal 500, 2021
“An excellent junior civil barrister.” – Legal 500, 2020
“A creative thinker with a good analytical mind, she is fast, decisive and insightful.” – Legal 500, 2019
“Efficient at understanding the brief – she has no weaknesses.” – Legal 500, 2018
Recognised as a Leading Sports Junior by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, Pippa has a sizeable sports law practice which includes acting for athletes, coaches and governing bodies. She has experience of cases across the sports law spectrum, including matters involving selection, doping, funding, disciplinary matters, governance and contracts.
She regularly appears before tribunals acting for clients in contentious matters that proceed to hearing. In addition, she has experience of advising on non-contentious issues and of drafting in a sports law context.
She has been appointed to sit as a Development Arbitrator by Sports Resolutions and has since been regularly appointed as arbitrator to various disputes, including those proceeding under Rule K.
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Pippa is willing to consider instructions on a pro bono basis where appropriate.
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