Donna Newman


Donna has experience in a broad range of commercial disputes with a particular focus on banking, investment and finance disputes. She has considerable experience of advising on complex, high value disputes often with an international element. Donna acts regularly both for and against banks and other financial institutions and is well versed in both High Court litigation and international arbitration.

She frequently advises on disputes concerning complex financial instruments such as swaps, asset backed securities, collateralised debt obligations, repos, surety bonds, letters of credit, loan note instruments, facility agreements and participations.

Donna produces an annual webcast on the English court's approach to financial mis-selling claims. She also acts on more general commercial litigation matters and advises on disputes arising out of tax structures/products and pension schemes.

She advised on the litigation arising out of the high profile Arch Cru investment fund collapse. Donna acts for the new board of the Guernsey investment cell structure in relation to claims in excess of £150 million against a range of parties across a number of jurisdictions. She is also representing a bank in a dispute with the administrators of Lehman Brothers International Europe concerning a proof of debt arising out of repo and swap transactions. The claim also raises complex insolvency issues.

Donna is ranked in the Legal 500 UK in Banking Litigation, with sources noting that she ‘provides thoughtful advice’. 

Provides thoughtful advice

The Legal 500 UK 2017