Andrew has substantial expertise and experience in range of commercial and chancery work, in particular in the areas of company law, insolvency, partnership, wills, trusts and probate and commercial property. Andrew is also experienced in professional liability work, especially claims involving solicitors, accountants, surveyors and financial services professionals. His expertise has been recognised by the main directories for many years, where his recommended as a leading practitioner in chancery, commercial litigation, company law and professional liability.
As well as litigation, Andrew is also experienced in non-contentious drafting and transactional advice, in particular in the areas of company law and trusts.
Andrew’s previous experience as a corporate solicitor at Freshfields in London and Tokyo informs his understanding of complex transactions and financial information, and his expertise in non-contentious advisory and drafting work.
Andrew co-authors a leading practitioner book on claims by shareholders covering unfair prejudice, derivative actions, directors’ duties and other personal claims which may be brought by shareholders: Shareholder Actions, published by Bloomsbury Professional. The first edition was published in January 2013 and the second edition in December 2017.
Andrew also writes academic and practitioner works for publication in the areas of his practice including for example in the field of financial law, contract and company law Misrepresentation and bond issues: liability on the secondary market in the Butterworths Journal of International Banking & Financial Law (2011, 26(1), 17-19); and in the field of trusts and estates Jones v Firkin-Flood: trustees – how to sell a business and distribute the proceeds in Private Client Business (2010, 3, 181-188).
Company & Partnership
Representing and advising Petitioners and Respondents in numerous unfair prejudice claims under section 994 of the Companies Act 2006 in claims relating to shareholdings valued at from tens of millions of pounds to several hundred thousand pounds
Advising and representing at trial majority shareholders in disputes concerning the exercise of share options and the construction of a shareholders’ agreements relating to several companies in the same group
Advising and representing the vendor company in a share warranty claim
Advising and representing an entrepreneur in a claim for breach of the earn out terms in a share purchase agreement and defending a seven figure claim for breaches of share warranties
Representing a company in a claim against former directors for breach of duty / misfeasance
Advising a solicitors’ partnership on the incorporation of its business and drafting articles of association, shareholders’ agreement and minutes and resolutions
Advising a company in a claim against a former director for the diversion of a maturing business opportunity of which he became aware while a director
Advising on and drafting a shareholders’ agreement and amendments to articles of association
Advising on a scheme of arrangement as part of a reverse takeover of an AIM-listed company
Representing a respondent to a just and equitable winding up petition
Advising on a share sale and drafting a share sale agreement relating to shares in a Football League Club
Advising and drafting of documentation for incorporation of a solicitors’ partnership as an LLP
Advising and drafting of documentation for incorporation of a solicitors’ partnership as a company
Advising and representing at arbitration continuing partners in a solicitors’ partnership in relation to dispute as to dissolution accounts and valuation of shares of departing partners
Advising continuing partners in an accountancy partnership as the expulsion of a partner
Advising continuing partners in a solicitors’ partnership on breaches of restrictive covenants by and entitlement to return of capital to departing partner
Advising the widow of former partner on winding up of insolvent coach partnership
Advising firm of solicitors in dissolution of 3 office partnership and partners each retaining a former partnership office and share of the business
Advising a departing partner from a solicitors’ partnership
Representing parties in a dispute as to the existence of a restaurant partnership
Accident Assistance Ltd v Hammond Suddards Edge  EWHC (Ch) 202,  PNLR 29 (Hart J.)
Represented a subsidiary of General Electric in a multi-million pound solicitors’ negligence action.
Keay v Morris Homes (West Midlands) Ltd  EWCA Civ 900;  1 W.L.R. 2855;  2 P. & C.R. 18;  2 E.G.L.R. 173. Represented property investors at first instance and in Court of Appeal on issue relating to section 2 of the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989 and applicability to completed contracts and collateral contracts.
George Wimpey (Manchester) Ltd v Valley & Vale Properties Ltd (In Administration)  EWCA Civ 233;  2 E.G.L.R. 113;  19 E.G. 96. Represented Wimpey at first instance and in the Court of Appeal of the question of the availability of specific performance for part of a contract and whether an unpaid vendor’s lien arose on the surrender at a premium of a long leasehold interest to the freeholder.
Yarwood v Yarwood’s Trustee in Bankruptcy  EWHC 2272 (Ch);  3 F.C.R. 311;  B.P.I.R. 1443; (2010) 154 (36) S.J.L.B. 33;  N.P.C. 93 – A claim to set aside a transfer of property pursuant to an agreement made as part of an ancillary relief claim prior to the presentation of a bankruptcy petition but performed after the petition was presented.
Bovis Homes Ltd v Persimmon Homes Ltd  EWCA Civ 1252;  N.P.C. 108 – Represented Bovis in a summary judgment claim in relation to the exercise of a £9.5 million put option over development and, succeeding at trial and in the Court of Appeal.
Appointments and Memberships
Formerly a Solicitor in the Corporate Department at Freshfields in London
ADR Group Accredited Mediator
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Member of the Chancery Bar Association
Member of the Midlands Chancery & Commercial Bar Association