Andrew Hunter QC

Called to Bar:
1993
Appointed to silk:
2012
Practice areas:
Degrees:
BA (Oxon) in Law (First Class, Wronker Prize), BCL (Bachelor of Civil Law)

Andrew Hunter QC is ranked by both of the leading independent legal directories.

Chambers UK 2016 ranks Andrew in seven areas:

  • Commercial Litigation - “A very calm, efficient and patient cross-examiner, he has an analytical mind and the ability to look at a problem from a broader perspective.” “He is stunningly bright and a really good and brave advocate.”
  • International Arbitration - “He's stunningly bright and a really good advocate.” “He has a fantastic brain and an unflappable nature."
  • Financial Services – “He's an excellent cross-examiner. He's just very, very effective with any type of witness be they expert or not."
  • Fraud: Civil – “Very bright and a punchy advocate,” who is “very good at putting the detail across.” “He's very quick, very clear and he doesn't waste any time, which judges certainly appreciate.”
  • Insurance & Reinsurance – “Fantastic brain and unflappable manner.” “He is brilliant on his feet in court, quite graceful. He floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee."
  • Media & Entertainment – “His cross-examination of witnesses is a complete masterclass.” “He strikes that balance between being knowledgeable and making things seem straightforward.”
  • Sport – “He is super intelligent and has a calm and assuring demeanour.” “He does everything very succinctly. He goes straight to the point and that makes everything a lot clearer for everyone and judges like that.”

He is also recognized in the Legal 500 2015:

  • International Arbitration – “He is an extremely clear thinker who is invariably right, but without an ounce of arrogance.”
  • Banking & Finance – “He is great at thinking on his feet and always seems to be a few steps ahead of everyone else in the room."
  • Commercial Litigation – “He is lightening quick on his feet, unflappable and a superstar in the making.”
  • Fraud – “A highly intelligent silk who relishes a bare-knuckle courtroom fight.”
  • Insurance & Reinsurance – “Very able and very tough in court.”
  • Media & Entertainment – “A great team player and perhaps the most user-friendly silk.”
  • Sport – “Extremely intelligent and able to strike up a good rapport with the judge, which makes a real difference.”

Chambers Global 2016

  • Andrew is ranked in Dispute Resolution.

Professional Experience

The focus of Andrew’s practice is commercial litigation.  He regularly appears as lead advocate in the English Courts, in international arbitrations (including ICC, LCIA, Bermuda Form, investment treaty and ad hoc), and in a variety of English and international tribunals.  He also has a wealth of experience in specialist areas such as, banking / financial services, insurance and reinsurance, civil fraud, injunctive litigation and sport / media disputes.  

Commercial

Andrew appears as leading counsel in a range of substantial and complex international commercial disputes in the English Courts both at first instance and appeal.  Examples of his current and most recent commercial Court work include the following:

Current and recent work

Commercial Trials and Appeals:

  • Sabbagh v Khoury and ors [2014] EWHC 3233 (Comm) (Carr J)
    Leading Counsel for Wael Khoury, the first defendant in this US$600 million claim arising out of a dispute between the shareholders of one of the world’s largest private construction and infrastructure companies.  The principal claim (for in excess of US$500 million) was held to be unarguable and stayed following a five day jurisdictional hearing before Carr J.
  • Slocom v Sibir Energy and ors  [2014] EWCA Civ 831
    Leading Counsel for the Claimant oil company, Sibir, in this complex dispute regarding a disputed €40 million, allegations of fraud and forgery and the validity of security over a €100 million property in France.
  • Republic of Djibouti and ors v Boreh and others (Commercial Court trial fixed for 2015)
    Leading Counsel for the corporate defendant in this ongoing US$100 million claim by the State of Djibouti against one of its former senior ministers and various companies.
  • Standard Life and ors v Collins and others (Commercial Court, 2015)
    Leading Counsel for one of the former directors of the sub-prime lender Cattles plc in this multi-million pound shareholder class action arising out of the collapse of the Cattles group in 2009.

Civil Fraud:

Andrew has many years’ experience of civil fraud litigation, and has appeared in dozens of Freezing Order and Search Order applications as well as many civil fraud trials and heavy committal / contempt applications.  He acts both for fraud claimants (e.g. banks or large corporations) and for fraud defendants and is currently instructed by a range of City firms.  Current and recent work includes the following:

  • Slocom v Sibir Energy and ors  [2014] EWCA Civ 831
    Leading Counsel for the Claimant oil company, Sibir, in this complex dispute regarding a disputed €40 million, allegations of fraud and forgery and the validity of security over a €100 million property in France.
  • Republic of Djibouti and ors v Boreh and others (Commercial Court trial fixed for 2015)
    Leading Counsel for the corporate defendant in this ongoing US$100 million claim by the State of Djibouti against one of its former senior ministers and various companies.
  • Bank of Ireland v Rafiq [2013] EWHC 768 (Purle J)
    Leading Counsel for the Claimant Bank in this successful fraud claim against one of its former relationship managers, accused of taking numerous secret profits.

Domestic and International Arbitration

Andrew regularly acts in a wide variety of domestic and international commercial or investment arbitrations, and has extensive experience of anti-arbitration injunction applications and other arbitration applications in the Commercial Court.  He co-wrote the Arbitration chapter in Lewis on Sports law, and is a member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  Current and recent work includes the following:

Current and recent work

  • The Tennessee Valley Authority v Various Bermudan Insurers (Bermuda Form Arbitrations: 2013-2015). 
    Leading Counsel for the Claimant, a US public corporation in this US$300 million series of Bermuda Form arbitrations in London following a major environmental disaster at a US power plant.
  • Fund X v Y and ors (ICC arbitration, November 2014)
    Leading Counsel for the respondents in this ICC arbitration concerning an investment by a major investment bank in a Polish real estate company.
  • Agility for Public Warehousing Company KSC v Islamic Republic of Pakistan (ICSID Case No. ARB/11/8, ongoing)
    Part of the Counsel team for the Respondent State in this ongoing ICSID arbitration concerning customs clearance services.
  • A v B (LCIA arbitration 2015)
    Leading Counsel for the Claimant in this arbitration concerning an investment in luxury hotel in Morocco.
  • S v S (London Commercial Arbitration, 2013)
    Leading Counsel for the Claimant in this dispute between two members of the same high-profile Lebanese / Palestinian family regarding a very valuable property next to Kensington Palace. 

Banking and Financial Services

Andrew’s experience in this sector stretches back to his secondment as enforcement counsel at the SFA in 1999.  Since then he has regularly acted in numerous financial regulatory disputes both as prosecuting counsel (for the FCA and predecessors) and as defence counsel.  He also acts both for and against banks and financial institutions in a variety of banking and financial matters including the ongoing Libor/Euribor investigations; foreign exchange trading; and shareholder actions against banks and others.  Current and recent work includes the following:

Current and recent work

  • Carrimjee v Financial Conduct Authority, Upper Tribunal, pending
    Leading Counsel for the Applicant in this ongoing reference to the Tribunal concerning alleged price-fixing of LSE listed equities.
  • Hobbs v Financial Conduct Authority [2013] Lloyd’s Rep FC 504 (CA); Upper Tribunal 2014
    Leading Counsel for the Financial Conduct Authority both in the Upper Tribunal and in the Court of Appeal in this case concerning alleged price manipulation in the market for Coffee Futures. 
  • Financial Conduct Authority v [Trader X] (2014-)
    Leading Counsel for the Defendant in this significant ongoing disciplinary case against in relation to alleged fixing of Euribor interest rates.
  • Standard Life and ors v Collins and others (Commercial Court, 2015)
    Leading Counsel for one of the former directors of the sub-prime lender Cattles plc in this multi-million pound shareholder class action arising out of the collapse of the Cattles group in 2009.

Insurance and Reinsurance

Andrew has a long pedigree in insurance and reinsurance acting for policy holders, as well as insurers and brokers, and going back to well known cases such as Jones v Environcom Ltd [2012] Lloyd’s Rep IR 277 (CA); Bonner & ors v Cox & ors [2005] Lloyds Rep IR, 569; the Beursgracht [2002] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 574 (CA); [2002] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 602 and [2001] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 608; and Kingscroft and others v Nissan [1999] Lloyds R&IR 603.  Current and recent work includes the following:

Current and recent work

  • The Tennessee Valley Authority v Various Bermudan Insurers (Bermuda Form Arbitrations: 2013-2015). 
    Leading Counsel for the Claimant in these three multi-million dollar arbitrations claiming more than US$250 million under Bermuda Form liability insurance policies following a major environmental disaster at a US power plant.
  • Policy Holder x v Reinsurer Y (Hurricane Katrina arbitration, 2013)
    Leading Counsel for the Claimant, a large US defence contractor in this very large insurance / reinsurance arbitration claim arising out of the destruction of a shipyard by Hurricane Katrina (now settled on confidential terms).

Sport

Sport / Media & Entertainment

Andrew has been ranked as a leading counsel in these fields for many years.  In the sports sector, he has acted in a wide variety of commercial and disciplinary cases, including many high profile matters such as the “Bloodgate” and “Spygate” affairs in Rugby Union and Formula One and the recent FIFA corruption allegations.  In the media sector, he has acted in a large number of music, video and film cases, both for artists and for record, publishing, and other media companies.  Current and recent work includes the following:

Current and recent work

  • Mohamed Bin Hammam v FIFA (Court of Arbitration for Sport / various)
    Leading Counsel for the Defendant, a former FIFA Vice President, in this dispute with FIFA arising out of accusations of serious breaches of FIFA’s Code of Ethics.
  • Bill Straw & Blix Street Records v Jennings & ors (Warren J, [2013] EWHC 3290)
    Leading Counsel for the Claimant record label, in this successful £2 million royalty claim and copyright counterclaim concerning the late American singer/songwriter Eva Cassidy.  After a 2 week trial, Warren J granted judgment for the Claimant and dismissed all counterclaims.

Other relevant experience

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He is stunningly bright and a really good and brave advocate. 

Chambers UK 2016

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He is lightening quick on his feet, unflappable and a superstar in the making. 

Legal 500 2015