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XXIV
GENEVA
XXIV Old Buildings
11, rue du Général-Dufour
CH - 1204, Geneva
Switzerland
Tel: +41 (0)22 322 2500
Fax: +41 (0)22 322 2515
LONDON
XXIV Old Buildings
Lincoln's Inn
London WC2A 3UP, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7691 2424
Fax: +44 (0)870 460 2178
practicemanagers@xxiv.co.uk

Edward specialises in most areas of chancery and commercial work as part of his busy practice. Chambers and Partners (2012) recommends him as an 'up and coming' chancery junior who is "surely destined for great things" and he has been described as a "rising star" by Legal 500, which also recommends him as a leading junior for insolvency work.  Solicitors recognise him as "one to watch for the future" and value his advice which is "bullish, as well as accurate and realistic".  "Engaging, vibrant and smart", Edward is said to have "shown himself to be 'confident, thorough and an excellent drafter of documents" as well as a "formidable advocate" with "a fearlessness that makes him fight hard for his clients". He is praised as "popular","always upbeat and technically very strong" and "very bright, upbeat and positive".

Edward read Law at Downing College, Cambridge where he was President of the Cambridge Union.  After leaving Cambridge he was a Thouron Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, studying at both the Law School and Wharton Business School.  He then became director of a group of engineering and property management companies, acquiring a practical understanding of the commercial realities of business and, in particular, company law, before completing pupillage at XXIV Old Buildings.

He frequently appears in trials before the High Court and County Courts as well as in arbitrations and has extensive experience of interlocutory hearings, petitions and other applications. He is also regularly asked to give advice, both orally and in writing, to settle pleadings and to draft other documents as part of his busy practice.

Edward has twice been retained by one of the leading offshore firms for an extended period of time to advise its Guernsey business and trust law department on a variety of matters, reflecting the strong reputation of XXIV Old Buildings in offshore and trust litigation.

His recent work includes:                                                                                                                               

  • Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs International (ongoing): Edward, led by Roger Masefield QC, acts for the LIA on its claim that, during the Gaddafi era, Goldman Sachs procured the LIA to enter into derivative investments of around US$1.2 billion by undue influence and/or that the investments were unconscionable bargains.                                                                                                                       
  • Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale SA & others (ongoing): Edward, again led by Roger Masefield QC, also acts for the LIA on its claim to set aside various derivative investments of around US$2.1 billion made during the Gaddafi era and said to have been procured by a fraudulent and corrupt scheme.                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Crociani and others v Crociani and others [2014] JCA 095, [2014] JCA 089 and (ongoing): major trust litigation in both Jersey (where there have already been nine judgments of the Royal Court and Court of Appeal) and Mauritius, involving claims for more than US$100 million for alleged breaches of trust.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Fox v Hall [2014] All ER (D) 78[2014] EWHC 2747 and [2014] EWCA Civ 930: Edward acted as sole counsel for the successful defendant (the son-in-law of an Oscar-winning actor).  The claim concerned (a) alleged harassment said to arise from the defendant's own earlier pursuit of harassment proceedings and a complaint to the police regarding the claimant's attempts to recover an alleged debt, and (b) whether, in fact, any debt was owed.  The final judgment, given after a week-long High Court trial, praised Edward's "forceful and skilful cross-examination" as well as the "skill and courtesy" with which he successfully presented the defendant's case.                                                                                                                                                                  
  • Key Homes Bradford Ltd & others v Patel [2014] All ER (D) 69: a ground-breaking recent decision of considerable practical importance. Edward successfully persuaded the High Court to find that section 1140 of the Companies Act 2006 allows a claimant to serve a company director with proceedings at the director's registered address in the UK without seeking the court's permission and regardless of whether (a) the proceedings concern that company or (b) the director resides outside the jurisdiction.                                                                                                                                                              
  • ACG Acquisition XX LLC v Olympic Airlines SA (in special liquidation) [2013] 1 Lloyd's Rep 658, [2013] EWCA Civ 369 and [2012] EWHC 1070 (Comm): the first case to consider the meaning of 'airworthiness' of an aircraft. Edward, led by Philip Shepherd QC, represented Olympic Airlines both in the Court of Appeal and at the Commercial Court trial of this US$17million dispute over a Boeing 737-300 which was found to have been unairworthy at the time that it was delivered to the Greek flag carrier airline.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • Thomas & Pick v Jakes & Nestarec [2012] All ER (D) 131, [2012] EWHC 525 (Ch) and [2011] EWHC 2619 (Ch): acting as sole counsel for English liquidators Edward successfully pursued an application to commit two company directors to prison for their contempt of court in transferring bearer shares to a third party, notwithstanding an order that they deliver them up, and in deliberately deceiving the court at an earlier hearing by advancing a false case.  Each respondent was sentenced to 1 year's imprisonment.                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Major trust litigation, which settled partway through a lengthy trial in the Chancery Division, by which one of four trusts claimed to be entitled to exercise a right of pre-emption in relation to another trust’s interest in companies owning a substantial London commercial and residential property: see Fattal and others v Walbrook Trustees (Jersey) Ltd and others [2011] 1 All ER (Comm) 647[2010] EWHC 2767 (Ch) and [2010] EWHC 3049 (Ch). Edward was led by Alan Steinfeld QC and Elspeth Talbot Rice QC.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Interest rate swap mis-selling claims and other substantial banking litigation (ongoing). Edward acts on many of the first civil claims against major banks concerning the alleged mis-selling of interest rate swaps and other interest rate hedging products, an area in which he has particular expertise.                                                                                                                                             

Please tick the boxes below to display further information on specialist areas of Edward's practice.

Areas of experience

+ Trusts, Probate & Estates
+ Commercial Litigation
+ Aviation
+ Insolvency
+ Company
+ Partnership and Joint Ventures
+ Banking and Financial Services
+ Hedge Funds & Structured Investment Vehicles
+ Civil Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery
+ Real Estate Litigation
+ Professional Negligence
+ Sport

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