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Andrew has extensive experience of complex and high-value multi-party, multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation and international arbitration, both led and unled. Andrew’s practice involves a wide range of commercial disputes and advisory work, with a particular focus on disputes involving civil fraud, banking and finance, energy and natural resources and unjust enrichment and restitution. Andrew has gained considerable oral advocacy experience, including a recent 10-day Commercial Court trial in which he acted as sole counsel for the defendant.
In 2017, Andrew was named as one of Legal Week's ‘Stars at the Bar', which profiles the most promising junior barristers in the UK. Legal Week described Andrew as ‘An expert in unjust enrichment’ and ‘user-friendly and excellent value for money’. A partner at one City firm told Legal Week that Andrew has ‘the magic combination of top class legal abilities, remarkable diligence, a commercial approach and a charming temperament. He is a real delight to work with; a team player; and genuinely a star’. Another client commented that ‘Andrew is the complete package’.
Prior to transferring to the English Bar (2012), Andrew trained with the State Solicitor’s Office of Western Australia, taught private law (mainly equity and trusts) at the University of Oxford and practised in New York and London as an associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP. Since then, he has gained a wide range of experience, appearing in his own right in the Court of Appeal, High Court and LCIA and UNCITRAL proceedings, as well as being led in substantial, complex and high-value litigation and international commercial arbitration in England and jurisdictions around the world, including New York, Singapore, Nigeria, the Isle of Man and Israel. Andrew has also acted as an expert witness on English law in foreign proceedings on a number of occasions.
Andrew has a particular interest in unjust enrichment and restitution, which was the subject of his doctorate, and he is the author of a leading text on enrichment (Enrichment in the Law of Unjust Enrichment and Restitution, Oxford, Hart, 2012) that has been cited with approval in the Supreme Court.
Andrew is called to the Bar in the state of New York and is able to advise on issues of New York law.
Notable recent cases include:
- A SIAC arbitration (Singapore seat) involving a US$5.5 billion energy dispute under an SPA involving allegations of fraud and breach of warranty and an indemnity claim;
- Afren Plc v Osman Shahenshah & Ors (CL-2016-000674), in which Andrew is acting unled in a US$1 billion claim involving allegations of fraud, bribery, breach of fiduciary duty, dishonest assistance and knowing receipt;
- Deutsche Bank v Sebastian Holdings  EWHC 459 (Comm);  EWHC 3222 (Comm);  1 W.L.R. 1842; and  EWHC 913 (Comm), a series of applications arising out of the enforcement of a c. $243m judgment debt in England and overseas in which Andrew is acting (with Sonia Tolaney QC and James MacDonald) for the claimant bank;
- Deutsche Bank AG v Comune Di Savona  EWHC 1013 (Comm), in which Andrew acted (with Sonia Tolaney QC and Rupert Allen) in a jurisdiction challenge concerning the construction of the standard jurisdiction clause in an ISDA master agreement;
- Exxon Chemical Limited v. Norbert Dentressangle, in which Andrew appeared (as sole counsel, against leading counsel) for the defendant in 10-day Commercial Court proceedings involving complex contractual arrangements and fraud claims against the third and fourth parties;
- Credit Suisse AG v Up Energy Group  EWHC 2852 (Comm): Andrew appeared (with Daniel Toledano QC) in the Commercial Court for Credit Suisse in an application for an anti-suit injunction to enjoin Californian proceedings arising out of the same facts as Credit Suisse’s claim for enforcement of a HK$234 million put option over securities listed in Hong Kong;
- Hirco v. Hiranandani, in which Andrew acted (with Neil Kitchener QC, Steven Elliott and Tamara Kagan) for the claimants in $300m multi-jurisdictional litigation (London Commercial Court, Isle of Man) and arbitration (LCIA) proceedings arising out of an alleged fraud on investors in a property development in India;
- Renewable Power & Light Ltd v McCarthy Tetrault  EWHC 3848 (Ch), in which Andrew acted (with Christopher Butcher QC and Jamie Goldsmith) for the defendant accounting company in a Chancery trial of a US$67 million claim that it had negligently approved the claimant for listing on the London Stock Exchange; and
- Energy Venture Partners Ltd v Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd  EWCA Civ 1295;  1 W.L.R. 2309;  EWHC 1390 (Comm);  EWHC 1472 (Comm);  EWCA Civ 537;  EWHC 663 (Comm);  EWHC 2118 (Comm), a five-week Commercial Court trial and various related appeals and applications arising out of a claim for US$200 million in brokerage fees under an alleged oral agreement with the Claimant company in which Andrew acted both led (by Charlie Graham QC) and unled.