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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 workHe became a tenant at Serle Court in October 2014 following the successful completion of his pupillage. His pupil supervisors were Daniel Lightman, Simon Hattan, Justin Higgo, Michael Edenborough QC and Jennifer Haywood. During pupillage he was involved in cases across the full spectrum of Chambers’ work, including ongoing group litigation arising from RBS’s £12bn rights issue in 2008, 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, and 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.

Since commencing practice Adrian has continued to be involved in matters across the range of Chambers’ specialisms, including an appeal concerning WP privilege arising out of high-value divorce proceedings (led by Alan Boyle QC), a claim for a declaration that a French judgment is unenforcable in England (led by Jennifer Haywood), an appeal concerning the court's jurisdiction to revise its decision after giving judgment, 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 appears regularly in both the High Court and County Court in matters concerning personal and corporate insolvency.

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 PhD in Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University and worked 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

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

Assisted Simon Hattan and David Blayney QC in ongoing litigation arising out of the £12 billion rights issue undertaken by RBS in 2008.

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

With Michael Edenborough QC and Thomas Elias, gained experience of actions in the IPEC and the Trade Mark Registry, before the Appointed Person, and in the General Court of the European Union. 

 

 


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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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Banking

Assisted Simon Hattan and David Blayney QC in ongoing group litigation arising out of the £12 billion rights issue undertaken by RBS in 2008.


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Financial Services

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.

Assisted Simon Hattan and David Blayney QC in ongoing group litigation arising out of the £12 billion rights issue undertaken by RBS in 2008.


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Insolvency

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

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 workHe became a tenant at Serle Court in October 2014 following the successful completion of his pupillage. His pupil supervisors were Daniel Lightman, Simon Hattan, Justin Higgo, Michael Edenborough QC and Jennifer Haywood. During pupillage he was involved in cases across the full spectrum of Chambers’ work, including ongoing group litigation arising from RBS’s £12bn rights issue in 2008, 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, and 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.

Since commencing practice Adrian has continued to be involved in matters across the range of Chambers’ specialisms, including an appeal concerning WP privilege arising out of high-value divorce proceedings (led by Alan Boyle QC), a claim for a declaration that a French judgment is unenforcable in England (led by Jennifer Haywood), an appeal concerning the court's jurisdiction to revise its decision after giving judgment, 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 appears regularly in both the High Court and County Court in matters concerning personal and corporate insolvency.

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 PhD in Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University and worked 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

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

Assisted Simon Hattan and David Blayney QC in ongoing litigation arising out of the £12 billion rights issue undertaken by RBS in 2008.

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

With Michael Edenborough QC and Thomas Elias, gained experience of actions in the IPEC and the Trade Mark Registry, before the Appointed Person, and in the General Court of the European Union. 

 

 

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.

Banking

Assisted Simon Hattan and David Blayney QC in ongoing group litigation arising out of the £12 billion rights issue undertaken by RBS in 2008.

Financial Services

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.

Assisted Simon Hattan and David Blayney QC in ongoing group litigation arising out of the £12 billion rights issue undertaken by RBS in 2008.

Insolvency

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

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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