Andrew is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation team with a particular focus on complex cross-border disputes, international enforcement and cartel litigation.

Andrew has many years of experience in handling large-scale international disputes, directing and coordinating proceedings in numerous countries.  He has been involved in numerous appellate judgments on issues of jurisdiction, injunctive relief, enforcement and asset tracing in the English courts and internationally.  A number of Andrew's cases have set new precedents and have successfully challenged the status quo.  His innovative approach on past cases has been recognised in the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards and The Lawyer Awards.

Much of Andrew's work relates to the Middle East, CIS and Africa. His work spans a range of industry sectors but has particular experience in the Energy and Life Sciences sectors.

Andrew also leads the firm's UK competition litigation practice, working closely with the competition law specialists and Osborne Clarke's highly rated international competition litigation team.

 

Andrew is ranked in Legal 500 as a "Leading Individual" and is described as "an extremely able litigator", "impressive" and as being "sought out for disputes involving complex issues over jurisdiction, governing law and international enforcement". Its client testimonials say "few solicitors have his sophisticated understanding of multinational litigation".

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Helping you succeed in tomorrow's world

My principal focus is on devising effective litigation strategies that yield results for clients, using my experience of complexity to deliver simplicity.  There is no set formula to success but a passion and determination to find solutions to difficult problems drives what I do.

 

Work

BB Energy v Al Amoudi

Acting for the claimant in a USD 100M+ Commercial Court claim arising out of losses suffered by an oil trading company under oil-trading contracts entered into with a Moroccan oil refinery known as SAMIR in 2015.  The claim against several directors and the UBO is proceeding to trial following a complex and hard fought jurisdiction challenge at the outset. Read more >

 

Qatar Airways v Middle East News

Acting for Qatar Airways in its claims against the Al Arabiya news channel in respect of the publication of a graphic animation depicting planes being shot down by a fighter jet in the context of the economic blockade of Qatar.  This claim has involved highly complex conflicts-of-laws issues relating to jurisdiction, governing law and limitation law.  The judgments to date have been widely reported and have involved a successful challenge to an established line of appellate case law. Read more >

 

Granville Technology Group (DRAM cartel)

Acting for insolvent computer manufacturers in high value Commercial Court claims relating to losses arising from the international DRAM (computer memory) cartel.  The case has involved an important Court of Appeal judgment on issues of limitation law in cases of concealed wrongdoing. Read more >

 

Granville Technology Group (LCD cartel)

Acting for insolvent computer manufacturers in high value Commercial Court claims relating to losses arising from the international LCD monitor panel cartel.  The claim involves international defendants and complex conflicts of laws issues as well as competition law issues. Read more >

 

Granville Technology Group (CRT cartel)

Acting for insolvent computer manufacturers in high value Commercial Court claims relating to losses arising from the international CRT (cathode ray tube) cartel and the CRT Glass cartel.  The claim involves international defendants and complex conflicts of laws issues as well as competition law issues. Read more >

 

Marashen v kenvett

Advising in dispute relating to the allegedly fraudulent restructuring of a Russian owned business structured through offshore companies in Cyprus, BVI and Turks & Caicos islands.  Related proceedings in Russia, Cyprus, England and Turks & Caicos islands. Read more >

 

International enforcement of Kazakh fraud judgment

Acting for a Kazakh business in innovative international enforcement proceedings to recover the proceeds of fraud.  The case has involved injunctive relief and enforcement proceedings in England, Greece, Kazakhstan, Andorra and Switzerland.

Enforcement of a Hong Kong judgment in England

Advising on the enforcement of a Hong Kong judgment in England against a high profile businessman.

Actavis – SPA Warranty dispute

Acting for large pharmaceuticals group in relation to a high value SPA warranty claim for breach of a competition law warranty.

Cirrus v Glencore

Acting for a Ghanaian oil distribution business in proceedings in the English High Court relating to a dispute over a $60M trade of crude from the Nigerian Ebok field.

Masri v Consolidated Contractors

Acting for the claimant in $100M claims relating to an interest in an oil concession in Yemen involving over 30 reported judgments in the English courts and proceedings in 11 countries.  Andrew was instrumental in devising the Claimants strategy throughout the 8 year proceedings.  The case involved:

  • Proceedings in the Cayman Islands and Azerbaijan involving the appointment of a receiver in respect of construction contract revenues relating to the BTC Pipeline in Azerbaijan
  • Proceedings in Bermuda and Qatar involving the appointment of a receiver in respect of construction contract revenues relating to the Pearl GTL project in Qatar
  • Proceedings in the courts of Nigeria in relation to two Nigerian offshore oil and gas fields
  • Injunctive relief proceedings in the courts of Palestine in respect of the Gaza offshore gas fields
  • Innovative cross-border receivership proceedings involving Nexen and the Masila oilfield in Yemen (winning the FT Innovative Lawyer award)
Terna v Binkamils

Acting for Terna in relation to the enforcement of an international arbitration award, parallel challenges to validity of award in the UAE and England, application for anti-suit injunction and related international enforcement strategy.  Highly successful outcome in High Court; reported in Global Arbitration Review.

Porton Capital v 3M

Acting for 3M in its successful defence of high profile claims in the English High Court arising out of the purchase of a company specialising in MRSA detection devices.

Damovo v Contreras/Collins (2011-2012/ongoing)

Acting for insured defendants in defending €50M claim for alleged breaches of directors’ duties relating to restructuring of the Damovo corporate group.

National Asset Management Agency v Grehan

Obtaining an injunction, a charging order and a worldwide freezing order in relation to the enforcement of a €280M Irish judgment debt.  A related application to set aside a transaction to defraud creditors.  Advice in relation to overseas proceedings in New York, Toronto and Spain.

Joint venture dispute

Acting for a global credit card provider in successful defence of $200M+ international arbitration claim relating to disputes over a Joint Venture in the Middle East.

GlaxoSmithKline plc v Secretary of State for Health

Acting for GSK in defence of arbitration claims brought by the Department of Health in relation to the treatment of brand-equalisation deals under the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme.  Acted in successful appeal to the High Court overturning arbitral award.

Shell & others v Total (Buncefield litigation)

Advising on quantum issues for Shell in a high profile £100M+ negligence claim for losses resulting from the explosion at the Buncefield oil terminal.

Koch Media v Altabev

Acting for the claimant in pursuing a fraud claim and obtaining urgent injunctive relief in the context of an employee fraud.

A computer manufacturer

Acted for a claimant computer manufacturer in high value claims against cartelists following on from the European Commission's decision relating to the CRT and DRAM cartels.

A UK pharmaceuticals business

Advised on high value SPA warranty claims relating to CMA investigations and follow-on damages claims.

An offshore company

Advised in High Court proceedings relating to a $100M+ business fraud involving complex offshore company structures.

African oil trader v Glencore
Acted in proceedings in the English High Court relating to a dispute over a $60M trade of crude from the Nigerian Ebok field.
Tajik Aluminium

Advised on complex jurisdiction challenges and abuse of process arguments in offshore fraud proceedings.