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Clerked by:Rory Davis
Dispute Resolution: minority shareholders petitions, directors disqualification, company law issues, corporate insolvency, commercial disputes and professional negligence arising from these areas.
Significant Reported Cases
Shafi v Rutherford  EWCA Civ 1186 (CA, construction of agreement relating to expert determination and whether an expert was free to depart from earlier sets of accounts in computing liabilities)
Maresca v Brookfield Development and Construction Ltd  EWHC 3151 (Norris J, defeated unfair prejudice petition and the court gave guidance on the relationship between unfair prejudice petitions and the 'just and equitable' ground for winding up in the light of section 125(2) of the Insolvency Act 1986).
R v H (advising on contractual aspects of the Trade in Goods (Control) Order 2003 regarding UK licensing of arms dealing)
Re a company (led by Lesley Anderson QC in a minority shareholders petition with 13 days of interim hearings, 4 written judgments on interim applications and a trial expected to last 12 weeks. The case settled in early 2012 after 8 weeks in court)
Eskape v Route  EWHC 1635 (HHJ Hodge QC, 15 day trial in the Chancery Division concerning allegations of breaches of directors duties, passing off, misuse of confidential information and economic torts and a cross claim for minority shareholders prejudice and/or just and equitable winding up)
Hitachi Capital (UK) plc v V12 Finance Limited & Davies  EWHC 2432 (Comm) (Commercial Court, application for third party costs order under s.51 of Supreme Court Act 1981)
ICI Chemicals & Polymers Ltd v TTE Training Ltd  EWCA Civ 725 (CA, summary judgment for Defendant on construction of deed defeated £300k claim).
R&M Stansfield Enterprises Ltd v AXA Insurance UK plc  EWCA CiV 881 (CA, calculation of loss of profits and mitigation of loss in complicated assessment of damages)
Lunnun v Singh, Times, 19.7.99 (CA, extent to which causation and contributory negligence can be disputed on assessment of damages following default judgment).
Andrew Latimer has an extensive commercial litigation and Chancery practice experience and in the last three years he has appeared in the Chancery Division on several unfair prejudice petitions and claims for breaches of fiduciary duty, has appeared regularly on applications and trials in the Mercantile List, successfully defended a £4m bankruptcy petition and appeared for petitioning creditors on two cross-border petitions, successfully defended an application for £1m in security for costs and acted in claims over easements at an airfield and at the Richard Seiffert-designed Gateway House, Manchester. During 2010-2012 he was led by Lesley Anderson QC in a minority shareholders petition which settled after 8 weeks at trial.
He had a pedigree bull names after him, Deveron Latimer, in the course of a case concerning the extent to which damages could be recovered for economic loss caused by negligence.
Year of Call: 1995
Areas of Expertise
- Dispute Resolution
Legal 500 2017
‘An excellent all-round advocate.'
Chambers UK 2017
"He is very good on his feet and great with clients. He can bring a very tranquil attitude to quite fraught matters." "A great all-round lawyer, and I know many people adore him."
"He is absolutely excellent - extremely good to work with, good with clients, a strong advocate and one of the rare barristers who is very good at mediation and negotiation, but is also prepared to fight."
Chambers UK 2016
"An extremely bright barrister and skilful advocate who is good at thinking on his feet in court. Held in high esteem by his peers, he is straightforward and highly perceptive."
"He provided excellent, well thought through and perceptive advice. His advocacy always hits the right note and he's excellent with clients."
Recommended for Commercial Litigation/Commercial Dispute Resolution by Chambers UK every year since 2002
Has a comprehensive commercial and chancery practice, which covers partnership and shareholder disputes, commercial property and professional negligence. He is a favourite with solicitors, who value his "fantastically bright, can-do attitude." …"He is very hard-working. He's not only academic, but able to get into detail in a practical sense too." (2015)
"He is excellent on his feet, has outstanding technical knowledge and is very approachable." "He is a very robust advocate with a unique and impressive sense of humour." (2014)
"...measured and powerful advocate who times his attacks very carefully to maximum effect. "Documents he drafts "prick any bubble of pomposity the other side has in a marvellous way" and his cross-examination is joyous" to behold. He is instructed in a marvellous way" and his cross-examination is joyous" to behold. He is instructed in a variety of commercial disputes and his recent work includes advising clients on freezing orders, breach of directors' duties and misrepresentations claims." (2013)
"...is highly rated by sources as "a pleasure to deal with" and as an advocate with "a lot of determination and gumption." He carries significant weight thanks to his broad commercial litigation practice and understanding of property-related disputes. he recently acted for BT Legal Services before the TCC in a case relating to the rights of telecommunications providers." (2012)
"Andrew Latimer (is) the "perfect junior" who is especially noted for his "thorough and pithy written work which always hits the right note." Andrew Latimer enjoys a formidable reputation amongst clients and peers for his commercial dispute and insolvency-focused practice. Sources say he is a "charming advocate, outstanding intellectually and very good with clients." (2011)
"Andrew Latimer is visible in both the Northern and North Eastern circuits, acting in a range of significant chancery and commercial cases. He moves up a band in this year's rankings as a result of staunch praise for his "prodigious work rate" and immense knowledge of commercial law." (2010)
"Andrew Latimer is renowned for his immense knowledge of commercial law. He is also highlighted as "incredibly hard-working and industrious lawyer" and is highly reputed for his work in heavyweight chancery and commercial cases."
"A junior of 'remarkable quality, confidence and intellect,' Andrew Latimer is particularly impressive in complex cases." (2009)
" 'Experienced well beyond his call year' Andrew Latimer regularly acts in appeals without a leader. He recently acted in ICI Chemicals & Polymers Ltd v TTE Training Ltd, and was successful in getting the claim dismissed." (2009)
"Ferociously bright" (2008)
"A perennial favourite of clients Andrew Latimer 'picks up facts easily and is not afraid to voice his opinion on the prospects of success in a case'. " (2008)
"Andrew Latimer is another popular choice amongst solicitors, who appreciate his determined advocacy and intelligence in selling a point. Such faith in his abilities has led to appearances in the Court of Appeal on several occasions." (2007)
"Andrew Latimer's star continues in ascendance in both Manchester and Leeds, with solicitors lauding an approach to litigation that "merges the cerebral with the commercial." (2006)
"...Andrew Latimer who peers deem ‘a star of the future’" (2003-4)
"...Andrew Latimer whose "quiet but devastating advocacy" has impressed peers and clients alike." (2002-3).
Recommended for Chancery by Chambers UK every year since 2007:
“Maintains an extensive chancery practice focusing on commercial litigation. His caseload encompasses insolvency law, landlord and tenant disputes, partnership, shareholders' rights and breach of trust.” (2015)
"He is an amazingly skilful cross-examiner. He never shows any emotion, is courteous to a fault and never rises to bait." "He has a laid-back approach which can be absolutely invaluable - he keeps things in perspective. He is vicious and withering in written arguments, but his manner remains laid-back and affable." (2014)
"Sources praise Andrew Latimer's advocacy , and say: "If you need a scrap in court, he's the best." (2013)
"Andrew Latimer is seen as a "definite rising star" in the Northern chancery firmament and is correspondingly busy. His recent caseload has included a minority shareholders' petition, constructive trust litigation, directors' duties and professional negligence actions." (2012)
"Andrew Latimer (is) 'a class act', who has a genuine knack for producing 'cleverly tailored, witty statements that get the judges on his side," (2011)
"Based in the Leeds branch of Kings Chambers, Andrew Latimer belongs to "the small group of barristers outside London to whom I would confidently entrust a higher-value Chancery case," declare instructing solicitors. A barrister who is "calm under judicial fire, he combines excellent technical knowledge with persuasive advocacy, and can make mincemeat of less able opponents," Latimer is building quite a following" (2010)
"...commercial and diligent...Solicitors highly recommend him because he 'delivers results and is someone that judges listen to and take note of.' He appeared in ICI Chemicals & Polymers v TTE Training, and was successful in getting the claim dismissed on appeal." (2009)
"Andrew Latimer possesses "good academic ability" and is known to be a "sound practitioner in commercial matters.". (2008)
"Andrew Latimer drew praise from all quarters for his "keen intellectual ability and good client manner." Said one senior peer: "He's a huge star in the ascendant." (2007)
Chancery Bar Association, Northern Chancery Bar Association
Contributor to Sweet & Maxwell’s “Commercial Litigation: pre-emptive remedies” for chapter 5 (default judgments) and chapter 6 (summary judgment) since 2003.
BSB External Examiner for Commercial Litigation (since 2013)
Committee Member, Northern Chancery Bar Association (since 2011)
Attorney-General’s Panel for Civil Litigation (2000-2007)
BA (Jurisprudence), Hertford College, Oxford, 1993 1st Class
BCL, Hertford College, Oxford 1994