Fred has built up a busy practice in all areas of commercial law, with a particular emphasis on civil fraud, insurance and reinsurance, international trade and carriage of goods, professional negligence and shipping disputes. He is regularly instructed in a wide range of heavy commercial litigation and international arbitration. He is used to appearing on his own (including in the High Court) as well as working as part of a multi-counsel team.
Recent led work has included four separate multi-million pound civil fraud actions, two of which resulted in lengthy commercial court trials; a 5-day high-value insurance arbitration; a section 68/69 shipping appeal under the Arbitration Act 1996; and a series of hearings relating to a worldwide freezing order. Alongside his practice, Fred has also completed a number of secondments in the litigation departments of prominent City law firms, giving him widespread experience and insight into how commercial litigation is conducted on a day-to-day basis. These have ranged from a large shipping and commodities department to a firm specialising in complex commercial fraud.
Fred is delighted to accept instructions in any type of commercial dispute, whether alone or being led.
Commercial litigation, including arbitration, is the mainstay of Fred’s practice. He has experience in a wide variety of disputes, from smaller and medium sized cases (where he is regularly instructed on his own) to substantial high-value international litigation. Recent cases include the following:
Fred has built up a busy practice in cases involving civil fraud and allegations of dishonesty. His experience has spanned smaller actions, often featuring employees or company directors accused of misappropriating company money, to much heavier international and/or multi-million pound cases in the commercial court. He is familiar with a wide range of different types of fraud claim, from breach of trust and breach of fiduciary, tortious or statutory duties to accessory liability (for example, dishonest assistance and unconscionable receipt). Recent cases have included the following:
Fred has acted in a substantial number of insurance and reinsurance cases, both on his own and being led. These have included coverage disputes, issues of non-disclosure and misrepresentation, issues of aggregation and other questions of policy construction, proper law and jurisdiction, and issues related to the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 1930 & 2010, as well as the Insurance Act 2015. Recent cases have included the following:
Fred has extensive experience in cases concerning shipping (both wet and dry) and the international carriage of goods. He has acted in numerous charterparty and bill of lading disputes, including performance claims, cargo damage, shipbuilding and construction, demurrage claims, stevedore damage, force majeure, and issues surrounding unseaworthiness. He is used to working in cases conducted under different arbitral rules, including LCIA, LMAA, GAFTA and ICC, as well as ad hoc arbitrations. A selection of recent cases include:
Fred has been involved in many cases relating to international trade and the carriage of goods, often though not exclusively by sea. Recent cases have included the following:
2014-2015: BPTC, City Law School, London (Outstanding)
2013-2014: GDL, City Law School, London (Distinction)
2009-2012: BA, English Language & Literature, Magdalen College, Oxford (Double First)
Lord Denning, Hardwicke & Megarry Scholarships; Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn)
Everard van Heyden Foundation Prize (City University)
Distinction in Honour Moderations; Demyship (Academic Scholarship) (Oxford)