Fred practises in all areas of commercial law, with a particular emphasis on civil fraud, insurance and shipping disputes. In the past year, he has, amongst other things, appeared in both the County Court and the High Court in his own right; worked on three separate multi-million pound commercial fraud actions; and been instructed as sole junior in a 5-day high-value insurance arbitration. More recently he has been instructed on another major fraud case, this time concerned with alleged wrongdoing in connection with a bankruptcy auction in Russia, which is scheduled to be tried in June 2019.
In conjunction with his practice in Chambers, Fred has also completed a number of secondments in the litigation departments of prominent City law firms in the last 18 months, specialising mainly in shipping (both wet and dry) and commercial fraud. In one, he assisted on a large range of shipping matters, including performance claims, cargo damage, shipbuilding and construction, demurrage claims, force majeure, and issues surrounding unseaworthiness. In another, he gained considerable experience in dealing with different types of fraud action, principally in the context of drafting and legal analysis. And in a third, he worked almost exclusively on one major civil fraud case, which culminated in a three-week commercial court trial in early 2018.
Fred is delighted to accept instructions in any type of commercial dispute, whether alone or being led.