Andrew is a senior associate in the litigation team. He has experience of acting in a broad range of commercial disputes, as well as undertaking regulatory and administrative/public law work for the Law Society, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Architects Registration Board.
His particular areas of specialism in a commercial context are in the areas of civil fraud and asset tracing claims (usually involving injunctive relief) and negligence claims against professionals such as lawyers and accountants. He also regularly acts in defamation, construction and company/partnership disputes.
His substantial regulatory experience includes acting for the Solicitors Regulation Authority in lengthy and complex proceedings before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (and subsequent appeals of the Tribunal’s decisions to the High Court), as well as a range of High Court proceedings including seeking expedited injunctions to facilitate the intervention process and compel the production of documents. Many of the cases he has acted/assisted in have been high profile and received significant attention in the legal press.
Andrew trained at Russell-Cooke and qualified into the team in 2010.
Andrew has acted/assisted in the following reported cases:
- Solicitors Regulation Authority v Geoffrey Martin Signey (11603-2107, Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, reported in Law Society Gazette) – assisting in a prosecution in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in which the Respondent was found to be dishonest and struck off the roll of solicitors. The factual circumstances of the case related to the receipt and improper use by the Respondent’s company of approximately £5,000,000 from the Axiom Legal Finance Fund, a collapsed Cayman Islands based litigation finance fund established by a struck-off solicitor.
- Richard Anthony Barnett v Solicitors Regulation Authority  EWHC 1160 (Admin) – assisted in resisting an appeal by the appellant against his striking off the roll of solicitors, and an application by the appellant that the SRA return to him £35,000 paid on account of costs following the decision of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, in order to fund his appeal.
- Bell v Birchall & Ors  EWHC 1541 (Ch) – assisted in resisting a Berkeley Applegate application by a Trustee in Bankruptcy for an Order that they be entitled to utilise monies held in a bankrupt sole practitioner’s client account to meet their costs.
- The Law Society (Solicitors Regulation Authority) v (1) Charles Henry & Co (2) Kevin Gregory (Lawtel, 2015) - obtaining an order under section 44BB of the Solicitors Act 1974 for disclosure of documents against the practice manager of a charity conducting legal services (the charity having failed to comply with an earlier order made against it for disclosure of the same documents).
- The Law Society (Solicitors Regulation Authority) v Dixit Shah (AKA Sanjay Shah)  EWHC 4382 (Ch) - assisted in obtaining an injunction against the Defendant preventing him from conducting reserved legal activities and holding himself out as a solicitor. The case received significant coverage in the legal press (Legal Futures/The Law Society Gazette), who described the injunction obtained as "unprecedented" and "ground breaking".
- Shahrokh Mireskandari v Solicitors Regulation Authority  EWHC 907 (Admin) - assisted in obtaining an order for security for costs in respect of the appellant's appeal against his striking off the roll of solicitors.
- Farrell v Investigating Committee of the Architects Registration Board  EWHC 1000 (Admin) - advised in an application relating to costs following the Court's refusal of an application for permission to apply for judicial review. The Court agreed with the Defendant's submission that the Claimant did not have jurisdiction to seek an oral hearing where the Court had reached its decision on the basis of written submissions.
- Slocom Trading Ltd v Tatik, Inc and Others EWHC 3464 (Ch) - assisted in a large multinational dispute involving parties and witnesses in multiple jurisdictions including the US, Russia and Switzerland. The case involved the disputed transfer of real estate property in France.
- Godiva Mortgages v Travelers Insurance Company and others  EWHC 3687 (Comm) - assisted in making a successful application on behalf of the Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (in both its representational and regulatory capacity) to intervene into proceedings relating to an attempt by Travelers Insurance Company to aggregate losses arising from alleged mortgage fraud perpetrated at Willmett Solicitors.
- Assisted in advising Leonard Cheshire Disability in relation to proceedings before the Scottish Court of Session (Ref CA3/12) with this-tel Limited in relation to the charity's termination of a Digital Pen's Service Agreement. The case was widely reported in the Scottish press being the subject of seven articles.
In addition to the reported cases listed above, Andrew has experience in the following areas:
- civil fraud - acting for both claimants and defendants in claims relating to dishonest assistance, knowing receipt and breach of trust. Recently instructed in a claim for £3,000,000 by a claimant who invested monies in a fraudulent property investment scheme, and acting for a defendant in respect of a dishonest assistance/knowing receipt claim for approximately $4,500,000. Recently concluded a tracing claim for the SRA in respect of sums misappropriated from a solicitors client account.
- injunctive relief - acting for claimants in obtaining freezing, norwich pharmacal and passport restriction orders. Acting for defendants in responding to freezing orders, including a recent case where a freezing order was discharged by consent as a result of the defendant paying money into court. Assisting John Gould in his appointment as supervising solicitor in a search and seize order, including the review of documents obtained under the order for privilege and confidentiality prior to disclosure to the parties.
- professional negligence - experience in claims against solicitors, accountants, and financial advisors. Recently acted in a breach of trust claim against a firm of solicitors who fell victim to a "Friday afternoon fraud" and paid away their client’s completion monies. Acted for a claimant in a professional negligence claim against a leading firm of accountants for allegedly negligent tax advice in connection with the purchase of a property in Manhattan. Acted in a claim against solicitors for their alleged negligent handling of a substantial piece of commercial litigation, particularly in relation to their advice regarding costs. Settled a claim at mediation against a solicitor for their negligent handling of a probate dispute.
- company/partnership disputes - successfully acted for a company in resisting an application by a trustee and director for an order for sale of a property beneficially owned by the company (under section 15 of TOLATA 1996). Advising in director/shareholder and partnership disputes.
- commercial contracts - assisting in breach of contract claims in the High Court, and acting in breach of contract claims in the County Court, including acting as an advocate at County Court hearings and advising at mediation; advising a national charity in relation to a potential claim intimated against it following the termination of a contract with a property consultant.
- defamation/harassment - advising a claimant in a defamation claim whose "immediate dismissal" was broadcast by his employer to a number of third parties. Acting in County Court proceedings for a claimant seeking an injunction and damages under the Protection of Harassment Act 1997 and/or malicious falsehood.
- construction - advising claimants as to claims against builders/surveyors and architects. Currently instructed in a claim to the High Court to enforce a decision of an adjudicator appointed under a JCT Contract. Advising a defendant in relation to a contemplated claim for professional negligence in relation to the conversion of a large house into six flats.
- costs disputes - advising clients in cost disputes with their solicitors, including issuing proceedings for assessment under section 70 of the Solicitors Act 1974.
- insolvency - experience in obtaining bankruptcy orders, acting as a supporting creditor in bankruptcy proceedings, making a successful application as a supporting creditor for carriage of a petitioning creditor's petition, resisting an application to set aside a statutory demand and assisting in an application under s366 of the Insolvency Act to the police for documentation held by them in relation to a bankrupt following his arrest and remand in custody.
- debt recovery - experience in obtaining Charging Orders and Orders for Sale over substantial assets.
Andrew undertakes intervention, regulatory and professional discipline work for The Law Society/Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). In addition to the cases referred to above, Andrew assists and advises on the following matters:
- intervention - advising on challenges to interventions, including assisting in the case of Mireskandari v The Law Society (SRA)  EWHC 2224 (Ch) where indemnity costs were awarded against the Claimant following his discontinuance of an intervention challenge.
- disciplinary proceedings - assisted in the case of Solicitors Regulation Authority v (1) Shahrokh Mireskandari (2) Caroline Sara Turbin (3) John Hugh Bell [10411-2009], one of the most complex and substantial disciplinary cases ever to be brought against a solicitor in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, and Mr Mireskandari's subsequent appeal against the decision in the High Court.
- injunctions - assisted in obtaining ex parte injunctions to facilitate the intervention process through securing access to solicitors' premises and documents and/or obtaining orders for delivery up of practice papers held by non solicitors.
- third party disclosure applications - acting for the SRA in responding to applications for documents held by them following an intervention or otherwise.
- administrative/public law - assisted in advising the SRA, acting as an interested party, in judicial review proceedings (with associated applications for interim relief) brought by Shahrokh Mireskandari against decisions of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (CO/4882/2012 & CO/5198/2012). Advising the SRA/ARB in respect of requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
- Member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association
- Member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
- Treasurer of the South London Law Society
Andrew read law at Southampton University before completing his legal studies at the College of Law in Guildford, where he obtained a distinction in his Legal Practice Course.