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Practice Summary

Sandy Phipps is a leading commercial junior.  He is experienced in disputes across the commercial spectrum and has acted for clients in all levels of the English Courts.  He also acts or advises in relation to arbitrations, cases in foreign courts, and internal or regulatory investigations.  Now in his tenth year of practice at the Bar, he has won praise from his peers as “one of the stars of his generation” (Chambers and Partners) and as “having maturity far beyond his call” (Legal 500).  In 2017 he was named by Legal Week as one of its ‘Stars at the Bar.’       

Sandy specialises in complex commercial disputes, often having an international element.  He is instructed either as sole Counsel or as part of a broader team, and in the latter capacity regularly works as part of cross-disciplinary advisory teams (involving solicitors, foreign lawyers, accountants and other experts).   

Sandy has particular experience with banking disputes, whether arising in the retail, commercial or investment baking contexts.  Before coming to the Bar he was a litigator in Freshfields’ banking disputes group, and his experience during this period included a secondment to Goldman Sachs.       

In the academic field he has published in areas including banking, contract, jurisdiction and civil procedure.  He is a regular contributor to the Journal of International Banking & Financial Law and writes the chapter on guarantees in one of the leading banking law textbooks.   

Sandy is ranked in the legal directories in the areas of Commercial Dispute Resolution and Banking and Finance.  He was named by Legal Week as one of its ‘Stars at the Bar’ for 2017, in relation to which he was said to be “outstanding – genuinely first class” and someone who “gets things done by combining diplomacy with steel where needed.”    

Elsewhere it has been said that he is “decisive, shows excellent attention to detail and offers sound commercial advice” (Chambers and Partners), a “pleasure to work with and very tactically astute” (Legal 500), and “one of the stars of his generation” (Legal 500).  

Legal 500 (Commercial Litigation) 2019 - "great to work with, very able, and an impressive all round contributor to the team effort."

Legal 500 (Banking and Finance) 2019 - "very user friendly, commercial, and has an excellent memory for facts and law."