Andrew is a senior associate in the litigation team.

His particular areas of specialism in a commercial disputes 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, contractual and financial disputes.

In addition Andrew is ranked in the Legal 500 (2022) as a "rising star" in the field of professional discipline. His substantial experience in this area includes acting for the Solicitors Regulation Authority in lengthy and complex proceedings before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, as well as a range of High Court proceedings 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. More recently he has acquired experience in advising those subject to regulatory investigations.

Commercial Litigation

  • Civil fraud - acting for both claimants and defendants in claims relating to dishonest assistance, knowing receipt, breach of trust and section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986.
    • Acting for claimants in obtaining freezing, Norwich Pharmacal and passport restriction orders against defendants alleged to have misappropriated the claimants' assets. Acted for a Claimant who invested approximately £3,000,000 into a fraudulent property investment scheme.
    • Acting for defendants in responding to/complying with freezing orders. Obtained a discharge of a freezing order through the paying of money into Court.  Acted for a Defendant in a dishonest assistance and knowing receipt claim for approximately $4,500,000.  Acted for defendants in dishonest assistance/knowing receipt claims brought by liquidators for approximately £4,500.
    • Assisted 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 – Acting for claimants in claims against solicitors, accountants and financial advisers.
    • Professional negligence claims against solicitors across a number of disciplines including claims for (1) failing to claim multiple dwellings relief when acting for clients in their purchase of a £3,500,000 property with an adjoining cottage (2) failing to ensure compliance with an Unless Order, resulting in their client's defence and counterclaim being struck out (3) failing to advise a client on the Capital Gains Tax implications of her divorce settlement where the assets in the divorce were worth over £3,000,000 and (4) failing to give adequate advice in relation to the costs of a substantial piece of litigation and the potential availability of After the Event insurance to meet the opponent's costs.
    • Breach of trust claims against solicitors for (1) falling victim to a “Friday afternoon fraud” and paying their client's completion monies of approximately £1,000,000 to a fraudster and (2) paying a mortgage advance of approximately £1,850,000 to a firm of solicitors who fraudulently misappropriated the funds, in circumstances where it was alleged that it was neither reasonable nor necessary to rely on a solicitors undertaking.
    • 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 for a claimant in a professional negligence claim against a financial adviser for failing to manage the client's portfolio in accordance with her instructions.
  • Defamation/harassment – Broad experience in acting for/advising claimants and defendants in defamation/harassment claims.
    • Obtained an indemnity costs order against a claimant who had brought defamation proceedings against a defendant for comments made in solicitors correspondence, and discontinued those proceedings the day before trial.
    • Advised a charity defendant in relation to threatened defamation proceedings in respect of an e-mail they had sent to third parties confirming the termination of their contract with the proposed claimant;
    • Serving take down notices pursuant to section 5 of the Defamation Act 2013 on social media sites and securing the removal of defamatory content;
    • Pre-publication work – advising charities, journals and other organisations on proposed articles and press releases and identifying potentially defamatory statements.

In addition to the above, Andrew has experience in contractual, construction, financial and insolvency disputes.

Regulatory/Professional Discipline

  • Disciplinary proceedings – Acted for the SRA in proceedings in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, and subsequent appeals of those decisions in the High Court. Cases include:
  • Injunctions – Acted for the SRA in obtaining injunctions and orders for the delivery up of documents:
    • 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) [2014] 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".
  • Regulatory investigations – Advising individuals subject to regulatory investigations on their duty to comply with investigations and the obligation to self-report, and negotiating settlement agreements with regulators.

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.