The focus of Andrew’s practice is commercial litigation and arbitration. Much of his practice involves cross-border disputes, drawing on his private international law research and teaching experience as a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Since commencing practice, he has acted in some of the leading cases in this field, including several in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court involving issues of jurisdiction, applicable law, and interim relief.  

Legal Week Stars of the Bar 2014 - Andrew was selected from a field of more than 350 candidates as one of the ten 'most promising commercial and Chancery junior barristers recognised for their exceptional abilities'. Legal Week noted Andrew’s ‘formidable reputation for commercial litigation and international arbitration, far above his 2010 call’ and ‘his tactical awareness, his ability to get straight to the heart of the issue and the very high quality of his written work’.

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Commercial

Andrew is frequently instructed on commercial cases, both as sole counsel and led. He regularly appears in all divisions of the High Court and Court of Appeal, and has experience of a wide range of interlocutory proceedings, including those involving anti-suit injunctions, freezing orders, summary judgment, and service out of the jurisdiction. 

In addition to a wide range of general commercial work, Andrew’s practice covers more specialist areas such as private international law, commercial arbitration, reinsurance and insurance, and cross-border insolvency. Andrew has a particular interest and expertise regarding disputes about the English Court’s jurisdiction and associated matters such as stays, anti-suit injunctive relief, and jurisdictional immunities. He has worked on a number of the leading cases in this field recent years, including several in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

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Civil Fraud, Asset Recovery & Injunctive Relief

Andrew has worked on a number of high-profile civil fraud disputes, including appearing without a leader at various interim hearings.

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Arbitration

Andrew has significant experience of high-value domestic and international arbitration, acting both as sole counsel and with a leader. He has appeared before a variety of tribunals in various jurisdictions. He has experience of both ad hoc arbitration (and in particular in the Bermuda Form context) and institutional arbitration under ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, LMAA, and ICSID Rules.

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Public International Law

Consistently with the international focus of Andrew’s practice, he is often instructed to appear in proceedings before the English Courts raising international law issues or to advise regarding them. He has a particular interest and expertise in relation to jurisdictional immunities and has appeared in some of the leading cases in this field in recent years.

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Financial Services

Andrew was seconded to the Financial Services Authority for 5 months in 2012, and has since worked on a variety financial regulatory disputes for regulated individuals, entities, and regulators.

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Media & Entertainment

Andrew has acted for media and entertainment clients in a wide range of disputes. 

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Achievements

Education

BA (Oxon) First Class; BCL (Oxon, Vinerian Scholar) Distinction; DPhil (Oxon); BVC (Outstanding)

Prizes & Scholarships

  • Eldon Scholarship (most promising graduate of Oxford University intending to practise at the Bar, 2009)
  • Vinerian Scholarship (best performance in the BCL)
  • Oxford University Examination Prizes (restitution, jurisprudence and political theory, contract law, constitutional Law)

Publications

  • Réunion revised? [2008] LMCLQ 113 (case note on Case C-98/06 Freeport v Arnoldssen)
  • A Commentary on the Rome II Regulation: Choice of Law for Non-contractual Obligations [2008] LMCLQ 274 (co-written)
  • ‘The Scope of Non-Contractual Obligations’ in J Ahern and W Binchy, eds., The Rome II Regulation on the Law Applicable to Non-Contractual Obligations (Brill, Leiden, 2009)
  • Total Chaos? [2010] LMCLQ 536 (case note on Shell UK Ltd v Total Ltd [2010] EWCA Civ 180, co-written)
  • ‘The territorial scope of British employment legislation’ [2010] LMCLQ 640
  • ‘International private law’, in International Maritime and Commercial Law Yearbook, 2009- (co-written)
  • ‘Decisions of British Courts during involving questions of private international law’ in British Yearbook of International Law, 2010- date 
  • Andrew was on the advisory group which assisted Professor Andrew Burrows in producing A Restatement of the English Law of Unjust Enrichment  (OUP, 2012)
  • The ‘Cross-Border Disputes’ chapter in P Goulding (ed) Employee Competition (3rd edn) (forthcoming) (co-written)

Research & Lecturing

Before coming to the Bar, Andrew was a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. His research addressed various topics in commercial private international law. At Oxford, Andrew was also a college tutor, teaching contract, tort, land and trusts law. He has also given graduate seminars on restitution and conflict of laws.

  • Andrew has given lectures and seminars at practitioner and academic conferences, recent topics including: 
  • “The enforcement in the UK of foreign judgments obtained in breach of an arbitration clause” (London Shipping Law Centre)
  • “What is a non-contractual obligation?” (Trinity College Dublin; Max Plank Institute, Hamburg)
  • “From Samengo-Turner to Duarte” (British Institute in International and Comparative Law seminar at Herbert Smith)
  • “The litigation (and arbitration) of international employment disputes” (New York University)
  • “Characterization problems in employment disputes” (Trinity College Dublin)
  • “Synergies between the Brussels I Regulation and Rome I and II Regulations” (British Institute of International and Comparative Law)

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