Andreas Gledhill QC

Called to Bar:
1992
Appointed to silk:
2015
Practice areas:
Degree:
MA (Cambridge) (first class hons, 1988)

Andreas is ranked in all three of the leading independent legal directories.

Chambers UK 2016

  • Restructuring and Insolvency: “He is very good - extremely commercial, practical and easy to work with.” ”He is a very accomplished and charming performer in court.”
  • Company: “He has an exceptional intellect and is devastating in court. A brilliant, brilliant advocate." "His real forte is skeleton drafting. He's absolutely brilliant at distilling arguments and that feeds into his advocacy.”

The Legal 500 2015

  • Insolvency and Restructuring: “Able to distil his advice into easily digestible packages for the client.”
  • Banking & Finance: “Technically excellent, thorough and hardworking, he is a key member of the team.”
  • Commercial Litigation: “Exceptional, modest and spot on; his elevation to silk was wholly deserved.”

Chambers Global 2015

  • Andreas is ranked in Restructuring/Insolvency.

Who’s Who Legal 2015

  • Insolvency and Restructuring: "Andreas Gledhill QC at Blackstone Chambers is a 'ferociously bright' lawyer ...  Peers describe his advocacy skills as 'legendary'".

Professional Experience

Andreas joined Blackstone Chambers in June 2010, having previously practised (for 17 years) from 3-4 South Square, Gray’s Inn.  He is a member of COMBAR and the Insolvency Lawyers Association.

Prior to taking silk, Andreas was on the Attorney-General’s “A” panel of junior counsel, and in that capacity, undertook advisory work for H.M. Treasury, and litigation in the direct tax field for H.M. Revenue & Customs.

Commercial

Restructuring and Insolvency

Andreas has been involved in many of the high profile corporate collapses of the last 20 years: Comet Group (for the administrators); MF Global (for the US officeholders); EMI (for the private equity house, Terra Firma); Lehman (for various counterparties); Kaupthing (for H.M. Treasury, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, and counterparties); Heritable Bank (for the FSCS); Bear Stearns (for Bear Stearns); Enron (for the administrators); Farepak (for bank lenders); TXU (for the administrators); and MG Rover (for the administrators).

Company Law

Andreas was formerly a contributor to Gore-Browne on Companies, and has expertise in shareholders’ disputes (including unfair prejudice petitions), derivative actions, claims under share sale agreements, proceedings for share register rectification, and claims against directors for breach of duty.  He also has experience of regulatory proceedings and company investigations, both instructed by, and against, the Government.

Current and recent work

Restructuring and Insolvency

  • Nordic Trustee ASA v OGX Petróleo e Gás S.A. (em recuperação judicial) [2016] EWHC 25
    Instructed by Akin Gump LLP for the applicant in successful application to discharge a recognition order under the UNCITRAL model law in respect of Brazil’s largest corporate insolvency.
  • Re Comet Group Limited (2012-2014)
    Instructed by Mayer Brown International LLP on behalf of the administrators of the high street electrical retailer, Comet. 
  • MF Global UK Ltd  v MF Global, Inc (2012-2013) 
    Instructed by Slaughter and May for the SIPC trustee of MF Global, Inc., on a range of disputes arising out of the collapse of this investment bank.  The first issue, litigated in November 2012, concerned the construction of the standard-form Global Master Repurchase Agreement (see [2013] 1 W.L.R. 903).

Company Law

  • Eclairs Group Ltd v JKX Oil & Gas plc [2015] UKSC 71) (2013-2015)
    Instructed by Locke Lord (UK) LLP for the claimants in their successful appeal to the Supreme Court concerning restriction notices served on them by the defendant company pursuant to s.793 of the Companies Act 2006.
  • UC Rusal plc v Corbiere Holdings Ltd (2011-2012)
    Instructed by Mishcon de Reya in a substantial offshore dispute between two minority shareholders in the Russian nickel mining giant, OJSC Norilsk Nickel.
  • Hutcheson v Gordon Ramsay (2012)
    Instructed by Mishcon de Reya for the respondent in this high-profile unfair prejudice petition.

Banking and Financial Services

Andreas has substantial experience of banking and financial services litigation.  His cases have included disputes and advisory work in relation to bond and facility defaults, investment mis-selling, mergers and acquisitions, derivative transactions, close-out netting, company charges, custody agreements, invoice discounting, and forum issues.

Current and recent work

  • Re Connaught Income Fund Series 1 (in liquidation) (2014-current) [2015] 1 BCLC 241
    Instructed by King & Wood Mallesons LLP for the liquidators of an unregulated collective investment scheme in relation to a £100m mis-selling claim.
  • R (Emptage) v Financial Services Compensation Scheme [2013] EWCA Civ 729
    Instructed by SNR Denton on behalf of the respondent in this judicial review concerning the basis on which compensation is payable in respect of failed property investments funded by mortgage borrowing.
  • Credit Suisse Securities Ltd v Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander Ltd (2010-2012)
    Instructed by Allen & Overy for Credit Suisse, in a £25m claim arising out of a substantial share transaction shortly prior to the administration of Kaupthing.

Domestic and International Arbitration

Andreas has significant experience of high-value international commercial arbitration under various rules (including UNCITRAL and ICSID) in the spheres of public procurement, oil and gas, insurance, and construction. 

Current and recent work

  • X v Islamic Republic of Pakistan (2015-current)
    Successfully defended a US$600m claim against the Government of Pakistan in the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.
  • Re an oil & gas arbitration (2012-current). 
    Instructed by King & Spalding on behalf of a major oil and gas multinational in relation to a range of disputes between it and a foreign government as to their respective contractual rights.
  • Re an Indian arbitration (2012-2013)
    Instructed by Clyde & Co LLP on behalf of an Indian property developer in connection with a dispute with a leading international investment bank.

Other relevant experience

 

Other Information

VAT registration number: 629109928

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He has an exceptional intellect and is devastating in court. A brilliant, brilliant advocate. 

Chambers UK 2016

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Exceptional, modest and spot on; his elevation to silk was wholly deserved. 

Legal 500 2015