Adrian de Froment


Year of Call: 2013

“…able to transform a house which appeared to be built on sand to one with a solid concrete foundation.”

Client

Practice Overview

Adrian has a broad commercial and chancery practice and accepts instructions in most of Chambers' core practice areas, with a particular focus on civil fraud, company law, financial services and intellectual property. He has substantial experience of large, complex litigation, having been instructed as part of the team acting for the defendants in claims arising out of the £12 billion RBS rights issue (with David Railton QC, Sonia Tolaney QC, David Blayney QC and Simon Hattan).

Adrian is currently acting (with Rupert Reed QC) for a Canadian internet entrepreneur in defending claims for USD 40 million based on fraud allegations made in DIFC proceedings relating to equity commitment letters filed in support of a ‘go private’ bid to acquire Amaya Inc. He also recently advised (with Prof. Jonathan Harris QC (Hon.)) in relation to a potential claim against the English guarantor of a debt owed by a French company to a Monégasque bank which had subsequently been assigned to a BVI company owned by a subset of the guarantors. The case involved complex jurisdiction and choice of law issues and an issue regarding the possible connivance in the default of their co-guarantor by the shareholders in the potential claimant.

Recent and ongoing unled work includes acting for the defendants in Invista v Botes, a 7-day High Court trial in the Intellectual Property List of claims by a large chemicals company that three of its former employees, all biotechnology researchers, had acted in breach of confidence and other employment obligations after termination; Sigley v Southern, acting for the respondent to a s.994 unfair prejudice petition; HSBC Invoice Finance v Augustus Martin, acting for the defendant and Part 20 claimant in a case concerning allegedly inflated invoices; and Shoeb v Square One, acting for the defendants in a $1.6 million debt claim involving allegations of sham.

Adrian regularly appears in the High Court and County Court in a wide range of matters concerning personal and corporate insolvency, and has experience obtaining interim relief, including freezing relief. He also has a growing intellectual property practice and has been instructed in proceedings in the IPEC, High Court and EUIPO concerning trade marks, designs and confidential information.

Adrian completed the GDL (distinction) and BPTC (outstanding) at City University, and is a Queen Mother's Scholar of Middle Temple. Prior to coming to the Bar, Adrian gained a First Class degree from New College, Oxford and a PhD from Princeton University, where he was awarded Centennial and Burroughs-Wellcome fellowships. As a former scientist, Adrian is particularly well placed to deal with the quantitative issues that arise in litigation. Adrian is also a fluent French speaker and has a particular interest in cases with French language evidence.

News & Events

  • News

    Adrian de Froment on ‘Easy Rent a Car Ltd v Easygroup Ltd’ for Intellectual Property Magazine

    In an article for Intellectual Property Magazine, Adrian de Froment discusses the recent judgment of the Court of Appeal... Read More

    News

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference 2018

    “…thank you Serle Court for another interesting conference - informative and enjoyable - a great combination!” On... Read More

  • Events

    Serle Court International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference in New York

    Location: InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel, 111 East, 48th Street, New York 10017 Read More

    Events

    Contentious Trade Mark Registry Proceedings by Michael Edenborough QC

    Location: Read More

Education & Qualifications

BA Biological Sciences (Double First), New College, Oxford

PhD, Princeton University

GDL (Distinction), BPTC (Outstanding), City University London

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association

COMBAR

Languages

French

BSB Registration

Adrian Jacques Marie Lucas de Froment

Prizes and awards

Queen Mother’s Scholarship, Middle Temple (for the GDL and the BPTC)

Burroughs-Wellcome Fellowship, Princeton University

Centennial Fellowship, Princeton University

Scholarship, New College, Oxford

News & Events

  • News

    Adrian de Froment on ‘Easy Rent a Car Ltd v Easygroup Ltd’ for Intellectual Property Magazine

    In an article for Intellectual Property Magazine, Adrian de Froment discusses the recent judgment of the Court of Appeal... Read More

    News

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference 2018

    “…thank you Serle Court for another interesting conference - informative and enjoyable - a great combination!” On... Read More

  • Events

    Serle Court International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference in New York

    Location: InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel, 111 East, 48th Street, New York 10017 Read More

    Events

    Contentious Trade Mark Registry Proceedings by Michael Edenborough QC

    Location: Read More