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Year of Call: 2013 afroment@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Adrian is developing a broad practice in all areas of commercial and chancery work

Since commencing practice Adrian has been involved in matters across a wide range of specialisms, including the RBS rights issue litigation (with Sonia Tolaney QC, David Blayey QC and Simon Hattan), an appeal concerning WP privilege arising out of high-value divorce proceedings (with by Alan Boyle QC), a claim for a declaration that a French judgment was unenforcable in England (with Jennifer Haywood), an action for breach of confidence in relation to a biotechnology start-up (with Michael Edenborough QC), judicial review proceedings in relation to a flawed consultation in the Bahamas, and an application for a declaration in relation to a family trust.

Adrian also regularly appears in the High Court and County Court in matters concerning personal and corporate insolvency. 

During pupillage Adrian was involved in cases representing the full spectrum of Chambers’ work, from HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Mishal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud v Apex Global Management Ltd [2014] UKSC 64, an appeal by a Saudi Arabian Prince against the dismissal by the Court of Appeal ([2014] EWCA Civ 1106) of his appeals against an unless order and the entry of judgment against him for US$ 7.7m in the context of cross- section 994 petitions, to Singh v Singh [2014] EWHC 1060 (Ch), the five-week trial in the High Court of a claim that a very substantial hotel business was held on common intention constructive trust according to the principles of the Mitakshara.

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 in Biology from New College, Oxford and a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. He also worked as a researcher at both Princeton and the University of St Andrews. 

Areas of Expertise and Cases



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Civil Fraud

Assisted Justin Higgo in relation to potential claims that certain transactions be set aside under s.423 IA 1986, and in relation to service out of the jurisdiction of such proceedings.

Assisted Daniel Lightman in HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Mishal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud v Apex Global Management Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 1106, an appeal by a Saudi Arabian Prince, the respondent to a section 994 petition, against an unless order and the entry of judgment against him for US$ 7.7m.

Assisted Justin Higgo in a dispute concerning the enforceability of an agency agreement involving corruption in public office.

Assisted Justin Higgo in resisting proceedings brought in England to enforce a default judgment obtained in the United States.


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Company

Advised in relation to a potential s.994 petition.

Instructed on three linked s.994 petitions (led by Daniel Lightman).

Assisted Daniel Lightman in HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Mishal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud v Apex Global Management Ltd [2014] UKSC 64, an appeal by a Saudi Arabian Prince, the respondent to a section 994 petition, against an unless order and the entry of judgment against him for US$ 7.7m. 


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Commercial Litigation

Acting for the defendants in a claim for repayment of an alleged loan of c. £1.3m.

Instructed for RBS in group litigation arising out of the £12 billion rights issue undertaken by RBS in 2008, with David Railton QC, Sonia Tolaney QC, David Blayney QC and Simon Hattan.

Assisted Philip Marshall QC and Justin Higgo in Bank of St Petersburg & Or v Arkhangelsky & Ors [2014] EWCA Civ 593, in which the Court of Appeal disapplied a Russian limitation period and granted an anti-enforcement injunction preventing the enforcement of Russian judgments abroad pending the outcome of litigation in England.


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Intellectual Property

Adrian is developing a practice in trade mark, passing off, copyright, design right and breach of confidence, acting both alone and led in the IPEC and the Chancery Division. Recent and ongoing cases include the following:

  • Acting for the defendants in a claim for breach of confidence in the Chancery Division, with Michael Edenborough QC.
  • Acting for the claimant in an action for trade mark infringement and infringement of a UKUDR, in the IPEC.
  • Acting for the claimant in an action for breach of copyright, trade mark infringement and passing off in the IPEC.
  • Acting for the defendant in a UK unregistered design right matter in the IPEC.
  • Acted for the defendant in trade mark infringement proceedings in the Chancery Division. 
  • Advised in relation to a potential claim for trade mark infringement and passing off.

Adrian also gained experience during pupillage of actions in the IPEC and the Trade Mark Registry, before the Appointed Person, and in the General Court of the European Union, with Michael Edenborough QC. 


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Trusts and Probate

Assisted Daniel Lightman in Singh v Singh [2014] EWHC 1060 (Ch), a 5-week trial that resulted in the dismissal by Sir William Blackburne of a claim by a father that his son’s business empire was held on constructive trust for the male members of his family in accordance with the Mitakshara.

Assisted Justin Higgo in advising in relation to a possible proprietary claim to an interest in a substantial family property.

Assisted Giles Richardson in Barclays Wealth Trustees (Jersey) Ltd v Equity Trust (Jersey) Limited, proceedings against the former trustee of unit trusts investing in Eastern European property developments for alleged breaches of trust.



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Financial Services

Instructed for RBS in group litigation arising out of the £12 billion rights issue undertaken by RBS in 2008, with David Railton QC, Sonia Tolaney QC, David Blayney QC and Simon Hattan.

Assisted Simon Hattan on a claim by a charitable foundation arising from the alleged negligent management of its investment portfolio at the time of the 2008 financial crisis.

Assisted Giles Richardson in Barclays Wealth Trustees (Jersey) Ltd v Equity Trust (Jersey) Limited, proceedings against the former trustee of unit trusts investing in Eastern European property developments for alleged breaches of trust.

Assisted Simon Hattan in advising the target of an FCA investigation.


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Banking

Instructed for RBS in group litigation arising out of the £12 billion rights issue undertaken by RBS in 2008, with David Railton QC, Sonia Tolaney QC, David Blayney QC and Simon Hattan.


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Insolvency

Adrian appears regularly in both the High Court and the County Court in matters concerning personal and corporate insolvency. Recent instructions include:

  • Applications under s.313, 339, 340 and 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986.
  • Opposing a bankruptcy petition on the basis that an offer to secure the debt had been unreasonable refused.
  • A substantial bankruptcy matter in the High Court.

 

 

Adrian de Froment

Adrian de Froment

Year of Call: 2013
Email: afroment@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Adrian is developing a broad practice in all areas of commercial and chancery work

Since commencing practice Adrian has been involved in matters across a wide range of specialisms, including the RBS rights issue litigation (with Sonia Tolaney QC, David Blayey QC and Simon Hattan), an appeal concerning WP privilege arising out of high-value divorce proceedings (with by Alan Boyle QC), a claim for a declaration that a French judgment was unenforcable in England (with Jennifer Haywood), an action for breach of confidence in relation to a biotechnology start-up (with Michael Edenborough QC), judicial review proceedings in relation to a flawed consultation in the Bahamas, and an application for a declaration in relation to a family trust.

Adrian also regularly appears in the High Court and County Court in matters concerning personal and corporate insolvency. 

During pupillage Adrian was involved in cases representing the full spectrum of Chambers’ work, from HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Mishal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud v Apex Global Management Ltd [2014] UKSC 64, an appeal by a Saudi Arabian Prince against the dismissal by the Court of Appeal ([2014] EWCA Civ 1106) of his appeals against an unless order and the entry of judgment against him for US$ 7.7m in the context of cross- section 994 petitions, to Singh v Singh [2014] EWHC 1060 (Ch), the five-week trial in the High Court of a claim that a very substantial hotel business was held on common intention constructive trust according to the principles of the Mitakshara.

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 in Biology from New College, Oxford and a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. He also worked as a researcher at both Princeton and the University of St Andrews. 

Areas of expertise

Civil Fraud

Assisted Justin Higgo in relation to potential claims that certain transactions be set aside under s.423 IA 1986, and in relation to service out of the jurisdiction of such proceedings.

Assisted Daniel Lightman in HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Mishal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud v Apex Global Management Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 1106, an appeal by a Saudi Arabian Prince, the respondent to a section 994 petition, against an unless order and the entry of judgment against him for US$ 7.7m.

Assisted Justin Higgo in a dispute concerning the enforceability of an agency agreement involving corruption in public office.

Assisted Justin Higgo in resisting proceedings brought in England to enforce a default judgment obtained in the United States.

Company

Advised in relation to a potential s.994 petition.

Instructed on three linked s.994 petitions (led by Daniel Lightman).

Assisted Daniel Lightman in HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Mishal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud v Apex Global Management Ltd [2014] UKSC 64, an appeal by a Saudi Arabian Prince, the respondent to a section 994 petition, against an unless order and the entry of judgment against him for US$ 7.7m. 

Commercial Litigation

Acting for the defendants in a claim for repayment of an alleged loan of c. £1.3m.

Instructed for RBS in group litigation arising out of the £12 billion rights issue undertaken by RBS in 2008, with David Railton QC, Sonia Tolaney QC, David Blayney QC and Simon Hattan.

Assisted Philip Marshall QC and Justin Higgo in Bank of St Petersburg & Or v Arkhangelsky & Ors [2014] EWCA Civ 593, in which the Court of Appeal disapplied a Russian limitation period and granted an anti-enforcement injunction preventing the enforcement of Russian judgments abroad pending the outcome of litigation in England.

Intellectual Property

Adrian is developing a practice in trade mark, passing off, copyright, design right and breach of confidence, acting both alone and led in the IPEC and the Chancery Division. Recent and ongoing cases include the following:

  • Acting for the defendants in a claim for breach of confidence in the Chancery Division, with Michael Edenborough QC.
  • Acting for the claimant in an action for trade mark infringement and infringement of a UKUDR, in the IPEC.
  • Acting for the claimant in an action for breach of copyright, trade mark infringement and passing off in the IPEC.
  • Acting for the defendant in a UK unregistered design right matter in the IPEC.
  • Acted for the defendant in trade mark infringement proceedings in the Chancery Division. 
  • Advised in relation to a potential claim for trade mark infringement and passing off.

Adrian also gained experience during pupillage of actions in the IPEC and the Trade Mark Registry, before the Appointed Person, and in the General Court of the European Union, with Michael Edenborough QC. 

Trusts and Probate

Assisted Daniel Lightman in Singh v Singh [2014] EWHC 1060 (Ch), a 5-week trial that resulted in the dismissal by Sir William Blackburne of a claim by a father that his son’s business empire was held on constructive trust for the male members of his family in accordance with the Mitakshara.

Assisted Justin Higgo in advising in relation to a possible proprietary claim to an interest in a substantial family property.

Assisted Giles Richardson in Barclays Wealth Trustees (Jersey) Ltd v Equity Trust (Jersey) Limited, proceedings against the former trustee of unit trusts investing in Eastern European property developments for alleged breaches of trust.

Financial Services

Instructed for RBS in group litigation arising out of the £12 billion rights issue undertaken by RBS in 2008, with David Railton QC, Sonia Tolaney QC, David Blayney QC and Simon Hattan.

Assisted Simon Hattan on a claim by a charitable foundation arising from the alleged negligent management of its investment portfolio at the time of the 2008 financial crisis.

Assisted Giles Richardson in Barclays Wealth Trustees (Jersey) Ltd v Equity Trust (Jersey) Limited, proceedings against the former trustee of unit trusts investing in Eastern European property developments for alleged breaches of trust.

Assisted Simon Hattan in advising the target of an FCA investigation.

Banking

Instructed for RBS in group litigation arising out of the £12 billion rights issue undertaken by RBS in 2008, with David Railton QC, Sonia Tolaney QC, David Blayney QC and Simon Hattan.

Insolvency

Adrian appears regularly in both the High Court and the County Court in matters concerning personal and corporate insolvency. Recent instructions include:

  • Applications under s.313, 339, 340 and 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986.
  • Opposing a bankruptcy petition on the basis that an offer to secure the debt had been unreasonable refused.
  • A substantial bankruptcy matter in the High Court.

 

 

Qualifications

New College, Oxford: BA, Biology (Double first class honours)

Princeton University: PhD, Evolutionary Biology

City University: GDL (Distinction)

City University: BPTC (Outstanding)

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association

Languages

French


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