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
Dispute Resolution: minority shareholders petitions, directors disqualification, company law issues, warranty claims, corporate insolvency, commercial disputes and professional negligence arising from these areas.
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).
Chancery: partnership (including solicitors’ own partnership matters), breaches of fiduciary duty, confidential information, passing off, bankruptcy, remedies for mortgage lenders following mortgage fraud, the appointment of LPA receivers, real property (including disputes under the Electronic Communications Code) and professional negligence arising from these areas.
Linfoot v Adamson  BPIR 1033 (HHJ Behrens, challenge to decision of supervisor under s.263 of the Insolvency Act 1986 and whether s.303 IA 1986 could be used to cut down the scope of the challenge)
Places for People Ltd v Ribble Heights Residents Association (MAN/30UK/LSC/2008/0074, 18.1.11) (Manchester Leasehold Valuation Tribunal, 8 day hearing concerning service charges collectively worth over £1m and successfully opposed paper application for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal)
Thane Investments Ltd v Tomlinson  1 P&CR DG3,  EWHC 1182 (Hart J, forgery does not render lease void)
The Anglo-Eastern Trust v Kermanshahchi  BPIR 1229 (Hart J, trial of £1.4m claim for repayment of loan monies and proceedings under s.423 of Insolvency Act 1986 to recover property transferred by Defendant to his wife before delivery of judgment in summary judgment application)
The Anglo-Eastern Trust Ltd v Kermanshahchi  EWCA Civ 198 (CA, impecuniousity and a conditional order of £1m, effect of EWCA art.6 on conditional orders and practice to be adopted when conditional orders sought as alternative to summary judgment).
Chancery Bar Association, Northern Chancery Bar Association
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)
Contributor to Sweet & Maxwell’s “Commercial Litigation: pre-emptive remedies” for chapter 5 (default judgments) and chapter 6 (summary judgment) since 2003.
BA (Jurisprudence), Hertford College, Oxford, 1993 1st Class
BCL, Hertford College, Oxford 1994
Chambers UK 2019
"Very diligent and good at persuading judges." "He's brilliant. He gives really useful tactical input on cases which helps bring them to satisfactory conclusions."
"Andrew Latimer is a very good junior. He has a dry sense of humour. You have fun working with him without any loss of attention to the minutest detail of the cases." "He is very thorough and robust."
Legal 500 2019
"Unflappable and dedicated."
Chambers UK 2018
"Clients and solicitors love him. He is always a master of his papers, and is calm, intelligent and very effective in court." "He is very proactive, and has especially good insight as to the tactical steps required to close a matter down."
"His advocacy always hits the right note and he's excellent with clients." "He is a master of his papers, calm, intelligent and very effective in court."
Legal 500 2018
"A great mix of aggression and pragmatism."
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."
Legal 500 2017
"An excellent all-round advocate."
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)
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)
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