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Practice Summary

Sandy Phipps is a leading junior with a broad, multi-jurisdictional practice.  He has been described as one of the “stars of his generation” (Chambers and Partners) and a “future leader of the Commercial Bar” (Legal 500).   

Sandy has appeared or advised in connection with proceedings at all levels of the English courts (up to and including the Supreme Court), together with disputes in arbitration and in foreign courts (including the courts of the Cayman Islands, the BVI, France, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, the United States and Australia).   He also has extensive experience of advising clients in connection with other matters such as internal investigations, regulatory or law enforcement investigations (including by the Financial Conduct Authority, the Serious Fraud Office, and the United States Department of Justice), English law issues arising in foreign disputes, and Parliamentary and other public inquiries. 

Sandy’s speciality is complex commercial disputes, often with an international dimension.  His instructions often give rise to, and require the consideration of, reputational and political considerations of acute sensitivity.  As a result, he has been instructed in some of the most high-profile commercial disputes of recent times, including the Algosaibi v Saad fraud dispute, the Berezovsky v Hine oligarch litigation, the Libyan Investment Authority v Societe Generale bribery dispute, and numerous cases involving the alleged mis-selling of financial products to individuals, businesses and government authorities.          

In 2017, Sandy was named by Legal Week as one of its ‘Stars at the Bar’ and he is listed by Who’s Who Legal as a ‘Future Leader.’  He is ranked as a leading junior in Commercial Dispute Resolution and Banking and Finance by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, where it is said that he can digest a large amount of material quickly to provide sound commercial, legal and tactical advice, and shows excellent attention to detail” and that he has “a razor-sharp brain that cuts to the answer quickly and with no nonsense.”  He is also said to be “a superb junior, with an ability quickly to master the most complex brief and focus in on the key issues on which the case will turn.” "He's excellent. Very user-friendly, engaged and over the detail." "Very good in court, academic and client-friendly. A top performer." 

Alongside his practice, Sandy maintains an active interest in academic law.  He has published in areas including banking law, 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.