Legal 500 2021
Andrew has developed an impressive and diverse commercial practise. He has deepest experience in disputes about international trade, shipping, civil fraud, insurance and reinsurance. Many of his cases concern very substantial sums of money.
He is valued for the practical approach he takes to achieving his clients’ goals. This always involves developing a long-term strategic plan. It frequently involves seeking some form of interlocutory relief. As a result, Andrew has experience of dealing with search orders, domestic and worldwide freezing injunctions, mandatory injunctions, anti-suit injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal orders and applications to dispute jurisdiction.
Andrew’s successes over the last year include a High Court marine insurance claim in which he appeared as sole counsel (McKeever v Northernreef  2 Lloyd’s Rep 161 ) and in which he ran an aggressive and effective enforcement action (McKeever v Northernreef  4 WLUK 244), an appeal to the Court of Appeal in a high-value dispute about the shipment of iron ore (Classic v Limbungan  EWCA Civ 1102), and a substantial interlocutory fight in a claim about alleged secret commissions (Besso v Bloody Bay CL-2018-000598). He has also been instructed to appear in arbitrations under LMAA, HKIAC, ICC and LCIA rules.
He was described by The Lawyer magazine as a “star” for his part in Orb a.r.l. v Ruhan  EWHC 262 (Comm).
Andrew is rapidly building a reputation as a leading commercial fraud junior at his year of call, and was described as a “Star Writer” in the field by The Lawyer magazine. In addition to the matters below, he has advised pre-action on a number of large disputes. Because this is an area which particularly interests him, he is willing to act pro-bono, on a CFA or for a reduced fee in the right case.
Andrew’s reputation as a shipping and transport junior is well-established: he has been instructed on some of the most important and valuable cases of the past few years. They include a US$950m commodity shipping contract, a recent Court of Appeal case on the effect of force majeure clauses, and a claim relating to a US$2bn Contract of Affreightment (believed to be the largest ever), and a claim arising out of delays to one of the world’s most expensive yachts. Many clients reinstruct him: a single major player in the dry bulk market has instructed him in five separate cases – led and unled – worth a total of US$125m.
As is to be expected from a member of 7KBW, Andrew’s practice spans the entire scope of insurance and reinsurance disputes. He is particularly interested in claims involving insurance fraud, or where there are difficult issues of limitation to resolve.
Together with Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC, he has written the first in a series of 7KBW bulletins about the likely insurance impact of the current coronavirus pandemic. The bulletin – which concerns business interruption insurance – can be viewed here.
Selected case are set out below.
Andrew has been involved in disputes relating to almost every commodity, from petrochemicals to grain. He has particular experience in the iron ore trade, recently acting in a dispute about a market-defining US$950m ore-terminal development contract, a US$2bn dispute about a long-term commodity shipping contract, and a separate Court of Appeal case about a long-term ore shipping contract.
Andrew accepts instruction in every variety of commercial dispute. In addition to the more specialist cases set out above, his recent practice has included the following general disputes.
Andrew conducts international arbitrations under a wide variety of rules. In addition to those listed in the specialist sections of his profile, he has been involved in the following:
Andrew’s favourite type of instruction – by far – is one to seek or resist injunctive relief on short notice. He is noted for his ability to master complex facts in a short period of time, and for his robust approach. He frequently appears opposite significantly more experienced opponents in this area. He also has extensive experience in developing enforcement strategies and taking all kinds of enforcement action.
2007 – 2011 BA Classics, Christ Church, Oxford
2011 – 2012 Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School
2012 – 2013 Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School
COMBAR, Commercial Fraud Lawyers’ Association, Young Fraud Lawyers’ Association, LCLCBA, BIICL.