Andrew is a commercial and chancery specialist, whose highly-regarded practice encompasses trusts, fraud and asset tracing, probate and estate administration, and commercial dispute resolution.
Chambers & Partners 2019recommends Andrew as top-ranked (band 1) practitioner in his fields of expertise, with recent editions praising him as “one of the best of his generation“: a “great strategic thinker” who “deals with incredibly complex and obscure matters in an efficient way, cutting through the faff and making everything so clear.”
Andrew is lauded for both his technical skill (he is said to be “highly proficient” and “a clear draftsman who produces well-reasoned opinions“) and his highly effective courtroom advocacy, with clients calling him a “wonderful junior who is very good on his feet.”
His focus on commercial outcomes is also the subject of consistent praise in the directories: he is “very approachable, accessible and practical”… a “very commercial” barrister who “puts his legal knowledge into practice in a fantastic way.” Andrew is similarly recommended in the latest editions of Chambers Global, Chambers High Net Worth, Legal 500 and Citywealth.
In the United Kingdom, Andrew enjoys a busy and broad-based commercial and chancery practice. He is well known for his trusts, probate and estates work, with Chambers and Partners praising him as “a sought-after junior for his broader traditional chancery expertise“. Equally, Andrew is a sought after practitioner in relation to complex fraud, asset-tracing and commercial disputes, particularly where they engage principles of equity.
Andrew also maintains an extensive international practice. He has deep international trusts expertise, including acting for the settlors, trustees, beneficiaries and protectors of private trusts, as well as for the institutional custodians, directors and professional advisers of trusts, funds and companies. He is said to be an “outstanding trusts specialist“, and that “there is nothing in the trusts world that he is not familiar with.” Andrew also enjoys a highly-regarded practice in the field of international commercial disputes, international fraud and asset tracing, and connected matters engaging principles of international jurisdiction and enforcement. His briefs in this area demonstrate that he is well equipped to navigate clients through the legal and factual complexities inherent in high value international litigation and arbitration.
Andrew is the author of Trust Protectors (2011), a specialist practitioners’ text on the subject of protectors, and writes and publishes regularly in his fields of expertise.
Some recent examples of Andrew’s work are provided below:
Re X Trusts SC (Bda) 56 Civ: With David Brownbill QC and Timothy Sherwin, Andrew acted for a group of beneficiaries in respect of a novel application in Bermuda to remove the directors of Private Trust Companies from office. The matter involves a breakdown in relations concerning a trust structure worth in the region of £5 billion.
Akhmedova v Akhmedov  DIFC CFI 011;  EWFC 23 (Fam) (and ongoing): With Michael Black QC and Dakis Hagen QC, Andrew is acting in respect of a major asset tracing exercise arising out of the largest divorce award ever granted by the English High Court. The claim involves in particular steps to enforce that award against MV ‘Luna’, a superyacht valued at in excess of $450 million.
Re Piedmont & Riviera Trusts  JRC 196;  JRC 210 (and ongoing): Andrew acted for the successful applicant in this groundbreaking matter involving: first, a decision of the Royal Court of Jersey to set aside trustee and protector appointments on the grounds of irrationality and breach of the duty to take into account only relevant considerations in the exercise of a power; and in 2018, a decision to set aside deeds revoking the Trusts on the grounds that they had been procured by undue influence or executed as a result of mistake.
Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority v Bestfort Development LLP  EWHC 3197 (Ch);  2 CLC 714 (CA);  3 WLR 1099 (CA): With Stephen Moverley Smith QC, Richard Millett QC and Alexander Pelling, Andrew acted for one of the United Arab Emirates in its claims arising out of an alleged multi-million dollar fraud in the Republic of Georgia. The matter gave rise to important judgments in the Court of Appeal concerning the availability of security for costs and the proper test for the making of freezing injunctions.
Re K Trust WTLR 1225 Andrew acted for the beneficiaries of a Guernsey trust in relation to a successful application to remove the protector from office. The case is the first decision of the Royal Court of Guernsey of its kind.
Major trust arbitration (2014): Andrew represented the beneficiaries of a series of Isle of Man trusts in a substantial London arbitration concerning professional fees charged by trustees over a 15-year period.
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“Wise beyond his years and very knowledgeable, he is one of the best of his generation and a great strategic thinker.”
“Very approachable, accessible and practical, he knows everything you need to about trust law and really inspires confidence.”
“He identifies the instrumental points in a case and his advice is always on the button.”
“Has incredibly deep knowledge of trusts law.”
Legal 500 2018
“Both academic and user friendly, which is a rare combination… very clever and practical.”
Chambers High Net Worth 2018:
“a leading junior… one of the best of his generation.”
“He can deal with incredibly complex and obscure matters in such an efficient way. He can break down and resolve the most difficult and complex issues… He cuts through the faff and makes everything so clear. He has just got experience and expertise beyond his years.”
“He is very skilled, very talented and very bright. He is very academic while also being very commercial in outlook. He puts his legal knowledge into practice in a fantastic way.”
Chambers UK Bar 2018:
“Incredibly bright and reassuring for clients. Thorough, approachable and very responsive, he is very good with clients and wins them over with his arguments“.
“He is imaginative, tenacious and clever, and has a lovely crystalline mind…A wonderful junior who is very good on his feet“.
“A superb practitioner and a real rising star, who is phenomenally bright and articulate“.
Legal 500 2017:
“He is very bright, quick and easy to work with“.
Chambers High Net Worth 2017:
“His young age belies his wisdom and gravitas. He is the go-to authority on various trust matters and in particular when dealing with protectors“.
“He is a superb practitioner and a real rising star. He is phenomenally bright and articulate. He is a really talented advocate and is very good on his feet”.
Chambers UK Bar 2017:
“His power of reason and depth of knowledge are very good. He is confident and good on his feet, and he’s also got an engaging personality“.
“An outstanding trusts specialist… very intelligent and really gets on top of the evidence… hugely talented and impressive with a masterful command of both the facts and the law“.
“Provides very succinct and very good advice”.
Legal 500 2016:
“Has a real depth of understanding in fiduciary matters”.
Chambers High Net Worth 2016:
“Very bright and hardworking and produces written work of great clarity. I respect and rely on his advice”.
Chambers UK Bar 2016:
“He is so brilliant. Of all the people of his generation he is the brightest”.
“Technically highly proficient, reliable, responsive and a pleasure to deal with… very impressive for his level of call and able to hold his own in very senior company”.
Chambers Global 2016:
“He is fantastic and a clear draftsman who produces well-reasoned opinions. He is a rising star and his work is excellent“.
Chambers UK Bar 2015:
“Technically excellent beyond his years and sees a clear way through knotty problems”.
“Very industrious and tactically astute, and produces first-class written documents”.
Chambers Global 2015:
“He deserves huge praise from the Bermuda trust industry for his work on legislative reform”.
Chambers UK Bar 2014:
“Equally accomplished at both commercial and private client cases”.
“Very quick to get to the detail and good on his feet… technically excellent and does work beyond his year of call”.
“One of the very good things about him is that in addition to his intellect he is very commercial and pragmatic. He knows that the legal answer might not be the right answer for his client”.
Chambers UK Bar 2013:
“A star of the future… very clever and hard-working”.
BA (Hons.), Oxon., Philosophy and Theology – 1st Class (top of year)
M.St. (Research), Oxon.
CPE, City University – Commendation
BVC, Inns of Court School of Law – Outstanding
TEP, Qualified Practitioners’ Route, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners