AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Before coming to the Bar Andrew was an academic lawyer. He still retains an academic role as Professor of Business Law (Part Time) at Manchester University.
Andrew is a commercial and corporate lawyer, with highly specialist expertise in a number of fields. He is the author of the leading textbook on limitation of actions (7th edition 2014). He is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in commercial agency, where he has appeared in a number of the leading cases. His practice also encompasses financial services, especially insurance (on which he has written a number of important textbooks), though he also deals with banking, asset finance and pensions.
He has appeared in many cases on company and partnership law, in which he also has an interest, and is the author of a textbook on Share Capital.
He is also a member of the highly-rated Kings Chambers Costs Team and deals with points of principle on costs as well as detailed assessments.
Andrew is the acknowledged expert in the highly technical area of limitation, being the author of the leading textbook. He is regularly instructed to deal with limitation arguments in every type of case in all areas of the law.
Regent Lesiuretime Ltd v Natwest Finance Ltd plc  EWCA Civ 391
Orders to be made in relation to limitation when company is restored to the Register
Cerascope Ltd v Todagres SA  EWHC 1502
Spanish limitation period for claim under the Commercial Agents Regs
In all his specialist areas he appears in cases of all values and at all levels
Year of Call: 1998
This has for some years been a major part of Andrew’s practice, acting mostly for agents.
Significant Reported Cases
Simpson v Grant and Bowman (2005) EU Law Reports 933Meaning of ‘good faith’ in the Commercial Agents Regs
Gledhill v Bentley Designs (2008)Whether agent was fairly dismissed
McQuillan v McCormick (2010)Valuation of agency
Warren v Flach BV (2014)Court of Appeal decision on valuation of agency
Cerascope Ltd v Todagres SA  EWHC 1502Operation of Spanish law in relation to agency
Andrew covers a wide range of topics in this field. His principal specialism is insurance, but he also deals with banking, asset finance and pensions. He has appeared in cases on all these topics, as well as Collective Investment Schemes.
Significant Reported Cases
Regent Lesiuretime Ltd v Natwest Finance Ltd plc  EWCA Civ 391Claims against banks and restoration of company to the register
Sky Land Consultants Ltd  EWHC 399 (Ch) (David Richards J.)Whether company was operating a collective investment scheme
Andrew’s particular interest in this field is share capital, but he also deals with disputes relating to all aspects of company and partnership law.
Regent Lesiuretime Ltd v Natwest Finance Ltd plc  EWCA Civ 391Restoring a company to the Register
M Young v Zahids Solicitors  EWCA Civ 613  1 WLR 2562 C.A.Whether a person without a profit share can be a partner
Andrew deals with all aspects of costs, both inter partes and solicitor and own client. He has argued points of principle at various levels, and still deals with detailed assessments. The simplifications introduced by the Jackson Reforms in April 2013 have created new complexities, and Andrew has been busy dealing with these
Hughes v Sheppard (2015)When a detailed assessment hearing is treated as having ‘started’
Platt v Mehmi (2015)What evidence may be brought in an oral review of a provisional assessment
Kellett v Wigan Community Transport (2015)When a provider of medical reports must add VAT to the fee charged by the doctor
Limitation Periods (Sweet & Maxwell) 1st ed 1990, 7th ed 2014
Modern Law of insurance (Lexis) 1st ed 2011, 3rd ed 2011
Share Capital (Jordans) 2009
The Law of life Assurance Contracts (Cavendish) 2007
Magdalen College Oxford: BA (Jurisprudence) 1980
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