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Donny Surtani

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  • Acted for the defendants in the RBS Rights Issue litigation, a GLO action brought by some 40,000 claimants under s.90 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, in connection with the bank’s April 2008 rights issue prospectus
  • Acted for Athena Capital Fund against Crownmark Ltd [2019] EWHC 1952 (Comm)
  • Acted for the Watchstone Group (formerly Quindell) in relation to a dispute with its former Executive Chairman, Robert Terry [2018] EWHC 3082 (Comm) – settled prior to a Court of Appeal hearing
  • Acted pro bono for the Appellants in Mohamed & ors v Abdelmamoud [2018] EWCA Civ 879 on the scope of the non-party intervention rule in CPR 40.9
  • Acted for UBS AG in the successful defence of ISDA claims brought by Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander (in administration) in the Commercial Court [2014] EWHC 2450 (Comm) and the Court of Appeal [2016] EWCA Civ 319
  • Acted for a private equity house on a multi-faceted dispute with the majority shareholder of a portfolio company
  • Advised the purchaser of a publishing business on fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of warranty and tax covenant claims against the sellers
  • Advised a specialist insurance brokerage firm in a team move dispute, bringing claims against its former directors and their new employer
  • Advised one member of a family in a high value business ownership dispute between siblings
  • Acted for a German insurance company on recovery of part of its liability under an SCC arbitration claim against co-defendants, through the English courts’ contribution regime and enforcement in other European jurisdictions

Selected Cases

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  • LSE Hughes Parry Prize – Law of Obligations (2001)
  • CIMA Leverhulme Prize – Management Accounting Applications (1997)


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  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) professional examinations all stages (1997 – 1999)
  • LLB (Hons), London School of Economics (2000 – 2003)
  • LPC, BPP Law School (2003 – 2004)
  • Solicitor, England & Wales (2006)
  • Solicitor-Advocate, England & Wales (2008)
  • Accredited Mediator, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (2017)



  • ICC Canada Arbitration committee
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre List of Arbitrators (2021)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators


“Donny has a very crisp style in both his written and oral advocacy. He cuts to the core of the issues in dispute and presents them in a concise yet persuasive manner.”

Leading International Arbitration Silk

“He really excels in dealing with financial matters for which he has a natural aptitude far beyond the reach of most lawyers”

Leading International Arbitration Silk

“A first rate advocate with a modern, solutions-oriented outlook: clever, responsive and commercial in his approach.”

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

“An extremely bright and able lawyer: always in control even in the most difficult cases, Donny’s calm and measured approach always inspires confidence.”

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

“… an excellent junior … He is exceptionally bright and hard-working … He has the ability to take a case and analyse the issues clearly, succinctly and with insight and judgment. He is particularly strong on matters where his numeracy and analytical skills can be brought to bear. I would not hesitate to recommend him as junior counsel on a matter”

Partner, Stewarts

“Donny is that rare breed of advocate who can jump seamlessly between big picture strategy and key technical detail whilst always having an eye on damages/quantum and client objectives. Donny is also great to work with.”

Managing Partners, Global Litigation Funder

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