(admitted to the Role of Solicitors in 1996)
Inn: Middle Temple
Qualified for Direct Access
Andrew was called to the Bar after serving regular and TA commissions in the Army and after 14 years practice as a litigation solicitor in private practice with City firms Lovells and Linklaters and latterly as general counsel to a private equity company.
Upon transferring to the Bar from he served his pupillage in Chambers under Duncan Macpherson and was offered a tenancy upon his successful completion of this.
In line with Chambers’ profile, Andrew’s practice is focussed principally upon Chancery and Commercial litigation and arbitration work where his considerable commercial and legal experience enables him to provide practical, commercially astute and straightforward advice, drafting and advocacy services. He is well liked by clients for his robust and effective style of advocacy which is based upon considerable experience in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal, the Employment Tribunal, HM Land Registry Tribunal, Leasehold Valuation Tribunal, Licensing Panels (including Civil Aviation Authority Board disciplinary hearings and prosecutions) and the Magistrates and Crown Courts
Andrew is qualified to accept instructions under the Bar’s Public Access Scheme and is also able to conduct litigation on behalf of his clients by way of an extension to his practicing certificate.
Chancery Bar Association
Association of Corporate Counsel
Commercial Bar Association
2010 - present
2010 - present
Commercial Property: Andrew acts both for landlords and tenants in lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, as well as disputes surrounding the construction of service charge provisions, forfeiture, trespass, nuisance and breaches of and the enforceability of leasehold covenants. Recent instructions have included a dispute concerning rights of way over land separating commercial properties, where access was required to facilitate a proposed scheme of redevelopment. In addition, Andrew has acted for companies in the course of disputes concerning liability for national non-domestic (business) rates, which cases frequently raise complicated questions of landlord and tenant, company and insolvency law.
Residential Property: Andrew frequently advises and appears in the county court and the First Tier Tribunal in connection with residential property matters, including leasehold enfranchisement and lease extension, liability for disrepair and nuisance, party wall issues, breaches of covenant and service charge disputes, as well as applications under the Landlord and Tenant Acts 1985 and 1987. Andrew is regularly instructed in connection with co-ownership disputes under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. Recent instructions have included acting for the respondent to an application to the Land Registry to rectify the register in respect of a father’s gift to his adult children which he later attempted to resile from pleading fraud and non est factum, as well as advisory work in connection with the availability of rectification of the register as a remedy.
Mortgages and Security: Andrew is instructed by banks, institutional lenders and finance companies to advise and draft pleadings in disputes concerning mortgages and charges, as well as personal and company guarantees.
Commercial Disputes: Andrew has experience of a broad range of commercial disputes, including matters involving the sale of goods and transfer of title, the supply of services, bailment, and the proper construction and effect of contractual terms and conditions and compromise agreements.
Insolvency: Andrew acts for a wide range of creditors and individual and corporate debtors, as well as supervisors of voluntary arrangements, in both bankruptcy and winding up proceedings as well as applications arising out of the service of statutory demands. Advisory work in this area has included the consideration of preferences and transactions at an undervalue in the context of constructive trusts and the co-ownership of property.
Company and Partnership Disputes: Andrew has acted for and advised clients in connection with various company and partnership matters including recently the recovery of a company director’s defalcations
Probate and Administration of Estates: Andrew’s practice also includes more traditional chancery/ private client work, and has covered a range of contentious probate claims and administration of estates work, particularly where the issues involved included the treatment of real property on death.
1988 – 1991 BA Hons (History)
Wentworth College, The University of York
1992 – 1993 Common Professional Examination in Law (Commendation) College of Law, Guildford
1993 – 1994 Legal Practice Course, Distinction
College of Law, Guildford
Skills & Interest
Andrew is a keen sportsman with particular obsessions with cricket and sailing. He is also an experienced pilot with hundreds of hours logged flying vintage military aircraft in the UK and abroad. In quieter moments he delves into English rural history, folklore and folk music.