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Year of Silk: 1991
Year of Call: 1972
aboyle@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Alan is one of the most senior and distinguished silks at the chancery and commercial bar, and is Head of Chambers. His involvement in many of the most high profile cases of recent years has contributed to his reputation as “a brilliant tactician … spectacularly intuitive and clever” and his listing as one of the “stars of the bar”, noted as being “a powerful advocate and a formidable opponent” (Chambers & Partners 2013). His practice comprises commercial and chancery litigation, company and insolvency litigation, trust and probate litigation, civil fraud, financial services, property litigation and mediation. He has also developed a practice related to the trust aspects of divorce cases.

Areas of Expertise and Cases


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Trusts and Probate

He is frequently instructed in trust and probate disputes, and company and insolvency litigation.

Recently instructed in a substantial dispute involving claims against offshore trustees arising out of allegations of share dealing fraud.

Ojjeh v Ojjeh (2012), disputes relating to offshore trust

Confidential trust dispute (2011), disputes involving substantial family trusts in Bermuda

Confidential trust dispute (2011/12), substantial trust claims in Jersey

Nautilus Fiduciary Services v Mountbatten (2010), claims arising out of alleged share dealing fraud

Chowkwanyun (2009), disputes involving substantial family trusts

Al Sadi (2009/10), international inheritance disputes

Charman v Charman (2007), appeal in divorce proceedings concerning the treatment in ancillary relief proceedings of over £70m of assets held in a Bermuda trust

Meretz Investments v ACP (2007), appeal concerning economic torts, unlawful means conspiracy and procuring breach of contract in connection with project to develop penthouses on the roof of an apartment block

The Blickle litigation (2007), case concerning family trusts established in Jersey and Bermuda

Weisfisch (2006), proceedings relating to Bahamian trust

Sherrington v Sherrington (2005), a successful appeal in a probate case in which the judge held that a will executed by a solicitor was not valid

The Thyssen litigation (1999-2001) claims to set aside a Bermuda trust for undue influence

The Jahre litigation (1997-1998) acting in England and the Cayman Islands in relation to a claim against defendants in numerous jurisdictions, involving allegations of fraud relating to the operation of an international trust, jurisdiction disputes and conflicts of laws, and a variety of issues of Cayman and Bahamian law


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Commercial Litigation

A pre-eminent chancery silk, he manages a top-flight practice that encompasses both commercial and traditional chancery matters. Accomplished as both an advocate and a mediator, he is instructed on particularly complex disputes.

He has handled disputes stemming from the insolvency of a hot strip steel mill in South Wales.

Lissack v Manhattan Loft Corporation (2012), trial regarding agents’ commission

Ojjeh v Ojjeh (2012), disputes relating to offshore trust

Lictor v Mir Steel (2012), disputes relating to hot strip steel mill in South Wales following insolvency and appointment of administrators

Confidential trust dispute (2011), disputes involving substantial family trusts in Bermuda

Confidential trust dispute (2011/12), substantial trust claims in Jersey

Masri v Consolidated Contractors (2011), committal application relating to alleged breaches of receivership orders

Reachcom v Tchigirinski (2009/10), claims by bank against Russian property magnate and related freezing orders

Yugraneft v Abramovich (2008), major multi jurisdiction case concerning affairs of Russian oil company

Huntingdon v Imagine (2008) commercial court trial and appeal concerning claim for incentive payments

Meretz Investments v ACP (2007), appeal concerning economic torts, unlawful means conspiracy and procuring breach of contract in connection with project to develop penthouses on the roof of an apartment block

OEM v Baker Tilly (2007), claim for auditor's negligence in failing to detect fraudulent abstraction of £5m from property company

Charter v City Index (2005/06), a claim to recover money abstracted by fraud and passed to a spread betting company Settled prior to trial

Reeds v Norwich Union (2005), a claim in respect of contracts for handling personal injury litigation

Thistle Hotels v Gamma (2004), a claim for breach of warranty arising out the £600m sale of part of a major hotel chain

British & Commonweath Holdings v Atlantic Computers (1997-1999) advising and representing failed computer leasing company in proceedings for misrepresentation in connection with a takeover, and in related mediation

DEG v Lasco (1997) advising and representing German development bank in proceedings concerning failed farming venture in Zambia

The Pointwest litigation (1995-1996): advising and representing an insurance company in proceedings concerning agreements for sub-underlease in a large block of flats in West London

Art Corporation v Schuppan (1995) advising and representing a Japanese corporation in a 7 week trial concerning a contract by an Australian racing driver to manufacture and supply luxury supercars

Apple v EMI (1993) advising and representing EMI in claims against the Beatles' company, Apple Corps, to construe, alternatively rectify, settlement agreements settling disputes between EMI and Apple regarding the Beatles' three 1960's recording contracts

Lipkin Gorman v Karpnale Ltd [1991] 2 A.C. 548 advising and representing Karpnale Limited in the High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords in proceedings brought by solicitors to recover from a casino money stolen from the firm's client account

The Tin Council litigation [1990] 2 A.C. 418 advising and representing the Commonwealth of Australia, the European Economic Community, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria and Thailand as members of the International Tin Council in extensive proceedings in the Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords


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Civil Fraud

Has distinguished himself as an eminent commercial chancery practitioner and has extensive experience of handling civil fraud-related proceedings. He receives praise for his client-oriented approach.
 

Ojjeh v Ojjeh (2012), disputes relating to offshore trust

Centenary Holdings (2011), claims under s 151 CA 1985

Nautilus Fiduciary Services v Mountbatten (2010), claims arising out of alleged share dealing fraud

Confidential trust dispute (2009/10), disputes involved substantial family trusts and family companies located in Bermuda

Reachcom v Tchigirinski (2009/10), claims by bank against Russian property magnate and related freezing orders

Meretz Investments v ACP (2007), appeal concerning economic torts, unlawful means conspiracy and procuring breach of contract in connection with project to develop penthouses on the roof of an apartment block

OEM v Baker Tilly (2007), claim for auditor's negligence in failing to detect fraudulent abstraction of £5m from property company

Charter v City Index (2005/06), a claim to recover money abstracted by fraud and passed to a spread betting company Settled prior to trial

Jordan v Vodafone (2003) claims for breach of oral sponsorship contract

DEG v Lasco (1997) advising and representing German development bank in proceedings concerning failed farming venture in Zambia

The Pointwest litigation (1995-1996): advising and representing an insurance company in proceedings concerning agreements for sub-underlease in a large block of flats in West London

Art Corporation v Schuppan (1995) advising and representing a Japanese corporation in a 7 week trial concerning a contract by an Australian racing driver to manufacture and supply luxury supercars

Lipkin Gorman v Karpnale Ltd [1991] 2 A.C. 548 advising and representing Karpnale Limited in the High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords in proceedings brought by solicitors to recover from a casino money stolen from the firm's client account

Elton John v Dick James Music & This Record Company [1991] FSR 397 advising and representing Elton John in his claim to avoid publishing, recording and management agreements made with Dick James Music and This Record Company for undue influence and to recover sums under those agreements


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Company

He is a highly experienced and distinguished practitioner whom sources praise for his representation of clients across a diverse range of cases. 

Lictor v Mir Steel (2012), disputes relating to hot strip steel mill in South Wales following insolvency and appointment of administrator

Masri v Consolidated Contractors (2011), committal application relating to alleged breaches of receivership orders

Centenary Holdings (2011), claims under s 151 CA 1985

Yugraneft v Abramovich (2008), major multi jurisdiction case concerning affairs of Russian oil company

Thistle Hotels v Gamma (2004), a claim for breach of warranty arising out the £600m sale of part of a major hotel chain

The Tin Council litigation [1990] 2 A.C. 418 advising and representing the Commonwealth of Australia, the European Economic Community, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria and Thailand as members of the International Tin Council in extensive proceedings in the Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords


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Insolvency

Leading chancery silk with a focus on complex litigation. He regularly handles commercial chancery cases that include significant insolvency issues, and is highlighted for his excellent reputation and authoritative nature.

Lictor v Mir Steel (2012), disputes relating to hot strip steel mill in South Wales following insolvency and appointment of administrators

Masri v Consolidated Contractors (2011), committal application relating to alleged breaches of receivership orders

Centenary Holdings (2011), claims under s 151 CA 1985

Yugraneft v Abramovich (2008), major multi jurisdiction case concerning affairs of Russian oil company

The Tin Council litigation [1990] 2 A.C. 418 advising and representing the Commonwealth of Australia, the European Economic Community, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria and Thailand as members of the International Tin Council in extensive proceedings in the Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords



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Chambers & Partners 2016

Alan Boyle QC is listed in Chambers & Partners as one of the “Stars at the bar”.

“He is an extraordinary advocate and is unfailingly polite, fearsomely clever and ex­cellent to work with in all respects.”
“He has a fantastic delivery, his advocacy is an art form. He is quiet and able to make points in a compelling way. He is simply a pleasure to work with.”
"One of the great statesmen of the Bar."
"He has tremendous authority in court and with clients, and really grabs the court's attention."
"You pull him in as and when the case requires. He is well liked by a lot of trusts companies and is a man for the most significant cases." 
"An exceedingly able man. He is unfailingly polite, fearsomely clever and excellent to work with in all respects."
"He strikes the perfect balance between being sympathetic with clients and utterly combative on their behalf in court."
"A respected member of the Bar"
"He's highly diligent and able to master large briefs with complex facts and put them into a digestible shape."
"He has a very authoritative manner and really has the ear of the court." 
"A first-class advocate. He has that special relationship with the court that a high-performing leader must have."
"Scores top marks for his vast experience and clear and authoritative advocacy. He really is impressive."
"He stands out for his experience, diligence and ability to master complex fact patterns and put them into digestible shape."

Citywealth Leaders List 2016

"For the big, high-profile trust cases Alan Boyle leads the field. He commits himself tirelessly to the client’s cause, he is very clever and a masterful tactician and, on his feet, a powerful advocate who commands the Court’s attention." 

Legal 500 2015

‘A brilliant analyser of cases and equally effective on paper.’
‘He provides exceptional client service and is a brilliant tactician.’
‘He gives his all to his clients’ cases’
‘A towering figure at the Chancery Bar; a powerful advocate who commands the court’s attention’

Chambers Global 2015

"He is fantastically focused and committed, and always offers an excellent service, striking a perfect balance between being sympathetic with clients and utterly combative on their behalf in court."
"He has vast experience and provides clear, authoritative advocacy."
"He is an impressive individual who takes a very analytical, logical approach to his cases."
"He has a first-class legal brain and a stellar intellect."
"If you want an authority on trusts, he is your man."
"Highly impressive and astonishingly quick to develop a detailed understanding of a case and a client’s needs."
"Utterly dedicated to the client's cause and tirelessly hard-working."

Chambers & Partners 2015

Alan Boyle QC is listed in Chambers & Partners as one of the “Stars at the bar”.

"Calm, unflappable under pressure and someone with sound commercial judgement."
"Alan is a wonderful tactician - he is there well before others reach the same conclusion."

Chambers & Partners 2014

Alan Boyle QC is listed in Chambers & Partners as one of the “Stars at the bar”.

"His advice is spectacularly intuitive and clever."
"He is charming, articulate in court and anxious to get to the bottom of the facts. He's not afraid to stand up to a judge when he thinks that judge is being unreasonable."
"He's a powerful presence in court." 

Legal 500 2014

‘Brings vast experience and clear and authoritative advocacy.'
‘A wonderful advocate, who is frighteningly intelligent.'
‘Invaluable in negotiations and tactical discussions.’

Chambers & Partners 2013

Alan Boyle QC is listed in Chambers & Partners as one of the “stars at the bar”, which describes him as a “commercial chancery giant”.

"I rate him very highly because he is a very powerful advocate and a formidable opponent."
"He is possibly the most hard-working silk I have ever met."
"He is utterly dedicated to the client's cause and is tirelessly hardworking. He is an imaginative problem solver and an outstanding advocate to have on your side."
"Great with clients; he is very measured and just a class act."
"He devotes himself to the client's cause and always impresses with his ability to convert volumes of paper and vastly complex issues into clear and pragmatic advice."
"A brilliant tactician."
"He's a class act." "A very tough opponent whose advice is second to none."
"Great with clients, to the point, professional, timely and someone who really inspires confidence."

Legal 500 2013

"Head of chambers Alan Boyle QC handles high-profile insolvency matters as part of his broad caseload."

Legal 500 2012

Alan Boyle QC is ‘among the highest echelons of leading silks dealing with highly complex crossborder disputes’. (Commercial litigation).
Head of Chambers Alan Boyle QC is a 'first-rate operator'. (Company)
Alan Boyle QC is an ‘immensely respected silk’ who provides ‘truly authoritative’ advice. (Fraud)
An ‘intellectual powerhouse’. (Private Client: Trusts and Probate)

Recommendations

Chancery: Commercial, Chancery: Traditional, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Company, Fraud: Civil, Offshore, Trusts (Chambers & Partners)
Chancery: Traditional (Chambers High Net Worth)
Commercial Litigation, Company, Fraud: Civil, Insolvency, Private Client: Trusts and Probate (Legal 500)
Dispute Resolution: Commercial, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery, Offshore, Private Wealth: Trusts (Chambers Global)
Leading Lawyer, Trusts (Citywealth)
Civil Fraud, Company & Partnership, Private Client (Who's Who Legal: UK Bar)

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Alan Boyle QC

Alan Boyle QC

Year of Silk: 1991
Year of Call: 1972
Email: aboyle@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Alan is one of the most senior and distinguished silks at the chancery and commercial bar, and is Head of Chambers. His involvement in many of the most high profile cases of recent years has contributed to his reputation as “a brilliant tactician … spectacularly intuitive and clever” and his listing as one of the “stars of the bar”, noted as being “a powerful advocate and a formidable opponent” (Chambers & Partners 2013). His practice comprises commercial and chancery litigation, company and insolvency litigation, trust and probate litigation, civil fraud, financial services, property litigation and mediation. He has also developed a practice related to the trust aspects of divorce cases.

Areas of expertise

Recommendations

Chancery: Commercial, Chancery: Traditional, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Company, Fraud: Civil, Offshore, Trusts (Chambers & Partners)
Chancery: Traditional (Chambers High Net Worth)
Commercial Litigation, Company, Fraud: Civil, Insolvency, Private Client: Trusts and Probate (Legal 500)
Dispute Resolution: Commercial, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery, Offshore, Private Wealth: Trusts (Chambers Global)
Leading Lawyer, Trusts (Citywealth)
Civil Fraud, Company & Partnership, Private Client (Who's Who Legal: UK Bar)

Quotes

Chambers & Partners 2016

Alan Boyle QC is listed in Chambers & Partners as one of the “Stars at the bar”.

“He is an extraordinary advocate and is unfailingly polite, fearsomely clever and ex­cellent to work with in all respects.”
“He has a fantastic delivery, his advocacy is an art form. He is quiet and able to make points in a compelling way. He is simply a pleasure to work with.”
"One of the great statesmen of the Bar."
"He has tremendous authority in court and with clients, and really grabs the court's attention."
"You pull him in as and when the case requires. He is well liked by a lot of trusts companies and is a man for the most significant cases." 
"An exceedingly able man. He is unfailingly polite, fearsomely clever and excellent to work with in all respects."
"He strikes the perfect balance between being sympathetic with clients and utterly combative on their behalf in court."
"A respected member of the Bar"
"He's highly diligent and able to master large briefs with complex facts and put them into a digestible shape."
"He has a very authoritative manner and really has the ear of the court." 
"A first-class advocate. He has that special relationship with the court that a high-performing leader must have."
"Scores top marks for his vast experience and clear and authoritative advocacy. He really is impressive."
"He stands out for his experience, diligence and ability to master complex fact patterns and put them into digestible shape."

Citywealth Leaders List 2016

"For the big, high-profile trust cases Alan Boyle leads the field. He commits himself tirelessly to the client’s cause, he is very clever and a masterful tactician and, on his feet, a powerful advocate who commands the Court’s attention." 

Legal 500 2015

‘A brilliant analyser of cases and equally effective on paper.’
‘He provides exceptional client service and is a brilliant tactician.’
‘He gives his all to his clients’ cases’
‘A towering figure at the Chancery Bar; a powerful advocate who commands the court’s attention’

Chambers Global 2015

"He is fantastically focused and committed, and always offers an excellent service, striking a perfect balance between being sympathetic with clients and utterly combative on their behalf in court."
"He has vast experience and provides clear, authoritative advocacy."
"He is an impressive individual who takes a very analytical, logical approach to his cases."
"He has a first-class legal brain and a stellar intellect."
"If you want an authority on trusts, he is your man."
"Highly impressive and astonishingly quick to develop a detailed understanding of a case and a client’s needs."
"Utterly dedicated to the client's cause and tirelessly hard-working."

Chambers & Partners 2015

Alan Boyle QC is listed in Chambers & Partners as one of the “Stars at the bar”.

"Calm, unflappable under pressure and someone with sound commercial judgement."
"Alan is a wonderful tactician - he is there well before others reach the same conclusion."

Chambers & Partners 2014

Alan Boyle QC is listed in Chambers & Partners as one of the “Stars at the bar”.

"His advice is spectacularly intuitive and clever."
"He is charming, articulate in court and anxious to get to the bottom of the facts. He's not afraid to stand up to a judge when he thinks that judge is being unreasonable."
"He's a powerful presence in court." 

Legal 500 2014

‘Brings vast experience and clear and authoritative advocacy.'
‘A wonderful advocate, who is frighteningly intelligent.'
‘Invaluable in negotiations and tactical discussions.’

Chambers & Partners 2013

Alan Boyle QC is listed in Chambers & Partners as one of the “stars at the bar”, which describes him as a “commercial chancery giant”.

"I rate him very highly because he is a very powerful advocate and a formidable opponent."
"He is possibly the most hard-working silk I have ever met."
"He is utterly dedicated to the client's cause and is tirelessly hardworking. He is an imaginative problem solver and an outstanding advocate to have on your side."
"Great with clients; he is very measured and just a class act."
"He devotes himself to the client's cause and always impresses with his ability to convert volumes of paper and vastly complex issues into clear and pragmatic advice."
"A brilliant tactician."
"He's a class act." "A very tough opponent whose advice is second to none."
"Great with clients, to the point, professional, timely and someone who really inspires confidence."

Legal 500 2013

"Head of chambers Alan Boyle QC handles high-profile insolvency matters as part of his broad caseload."

Legal 500 2012

Alan Boyle QC is ‘among the highest echelons of leading silks dealing with highly complex crossborder disputes’. (Commercial litigation).
Head of Chambers Alan Boyle QC is a 'first-rate operator'. (Company)
Alan Boyle QC is an ‘immensely respected silk’ who provides ‘truly authoritative’ advice. (Fraud)
An ‘intellectual powerhouse’. (Private Client: Trusts and Probate)

Trusts and Probate

He is frequently instructed in trust and probate disputes, and company and insolvency litigation.

Recently instructed in a substantial dispute involving claims against offshore trustees arising out of allegations of share dealing fraud.

Ojjeh v Ojjeh (2012), disputes relating to offshore trust

Confidential trust dispute (2011), disputes involving substantial family trusts in Bermuda

Confidential trust dispute (2011/12), substantial trust claims in Jersey

Nautilus Fiduciary Services v Mountbatten (2010), claims arising out of alleged share dealing fraud

Chowkwanyun (2009), disputes involving substantial family trusts

Al Sadi (2009/10), international inheritance disputes

Charman v Charman (2007), appeal in divorce proceedings concerning the treatment in ancillary relief proceedings of over £70m of assets held in a Bermuda trust

Meretz Investments v ACP (2007), appeal concerning economic torts, unlawful means conspiracy and procuring breach of contract in connection with project to develop penthouses on the roof of an apartment block

The Blickle litigation (2007), case concerning family trusts established in Jersey and Bermuda

Weisfisch (2006), proceedings relating to Bahamian trust

Sherrington v Sherrington (2005), a successful appeal in a probate case in which the judge held that a will executed by a solicitor was not valid

The Thyssen litigation (1999-2001) claims to set aside a Bermuda trust for undue influence

The Jahre litigation (1997-1998) acting in England and the Cayman Islands in relation to a claim against defendants in numerous jurisdictions, involving allegations of fraud relating to the operation of an international trust, jurisdiction disputes and conflicts of laws, and a variety of issues of Cayman and Bahamian law

Commercial Litigation

A pre-eminent chancery silk, he manages a top-flight practice that encompasses both commercial and traditional chancery matters. Accomplished as both an advocate and a mediator, he is instructed on particularly complex disputes.

He has handled disputes stemming from the insolvency of a hot strip steel mill in South Wales.

Lissack v Manhattan Loft Corporation (2012), trial regarding agents’ commission

Ojjeh v Ojjeh (2012), disputes relating to offshore trust

Lictor v Mir Steel (2012), disputes relating to hot strip steel mill in South Wales following insolvency and appointment of administrators

Confidential trust dispute (2011), disputes involving substantial family trusts in Bermuda

Confidential trust dispute (2011/12), substantial trust claims in Jersey

Masri v Consolidated Contractors (2011), committal application relating to alleged breaches of receivership orders

Reachcom v Tchigirinski (2009/10), claims by bank against Russian property magnate and related freezing orders

Yugraneft v Abramovich (2008), major multi jurisdiction case concerning affairs of Russian oil company

Huntingdon v Imagine (2008) commercial court trial and appeal concerning claim for incentive payments

Meretz Investments v ACP (2007), appeal concerning economic torts, unlawful means conspiracy and procuring breach of contract in connection with project to develop penthouses on the roof of an apartment block

OEM v Baker Tilly (2007), claim for auditor's negligence in failing to detect fraudulent abstraction of £5m from property company

Charter v City Index (2005/06), a claim to recover money abstracted by fraud and passed to a spread betting company Settled prior to trial

Reeds v Norwich Union (2005), a claim in respect of contracts for handling personal injury litigation

Thistle Hotels v Gamma (2004), a claim for breach of warranty arising out the £600m sale of part of a major hotel chain

British & Commonweath Holdings v Atlantic Computers (1997-1999) advising and representing failed computer leasing company in proceedings for misrepresentation in connection with a takeover, and in related mediation

DEG v Lasco (1997) advising and representing German development bank in proceedings concerning failed farming venture in Zambia

The Pointwest litigation (1995-1996): advising and representing an insurance company in proceedings concerning agreements for sub-underlease in a large block of flats in West London

Art Corporation v Schuppan (1995) advising and representing a Japanese corporation in a 7 week trial concerning a contract by an Australian racing driver to manufacture and supply luxury supercars

Apple v EMI (1993) advising and representing EMI in claims against the Beatles' company, Apple Corps, to construe, alternatively rectify, settlement agreements settling disputes between EMI and Apple regarding the Beatles' three 1960's recording contracts

Lipkin Gorman v Karpnale Ltd [1991] 2 A.C. 548 advising and representing Karpnale Limited in the High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords in proceedings brought by solicitors to recover from a casino money stolen from the firm's client account

The Tin Council litigation [1990] 2 A.C. 418 advising and representing the Commonwealth of Australia, the European Economic Community, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria and Thailand as members of the International Tin Council in extensive proceedings in the Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords

Civil Fraud

Has distinguished himself as an eminent commercial chancery practitioner and has extensive experience of handling civil fraud-related proceedings. He receives praise for his client-oriented approach.
 

Ojjeh v Ojjeh (2012), disputes relating to offshore trust

Centenary Holdings (2011), claims under s 151 CA 1985

Nautilus Fiduciary Services v Mountbatten (2010), claims arising out of alleged share dealing fraud

Confidential trust dispute (2009/10), disputes involved substantial family trusts and family companies located in Bermuda

Reachcom v Tchigirinski (2009/10), claims by bank against Russian property magnate and related freezing orders

Meretz Investments v ACP (2007), appeal concerning economic torts, unlawful means conspiracy and procuring breach of contract in connection with project to develop penthouses on the roof of an apartment block

OEM v Baker Tilly (2007), claim for auditor's negligence in failing to detect fraudulent abstraction of £5m from property company

Charter v City Index (2005/06), a claim to recover money abstracted by fraud and passed to a spread betting company Settled prior to trial

Jordan v Vodafone (2003) claims for breach of oral sponsorship contract

DEG v Lasco (1997) advising and representing German development bank in proceedings concerning failed farming venture in Zambia

The Pointwest litigation (1995-1996): advising and representing an insurance company in proceedings concerning agreements for sub-underlease in a large block of flats in West London

Art Corporation v Schuppan (1995) advising and representing a Japanese corporation in a 7 week trial concerning a contract by an Australian racing driver to manufacture and supply luxury supercars

Lipkin Gorman v Karpnale Ltd [1991] 2 A.C. 548 advising and representing Karpnale Limited in the High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords in proceedings brought by solicitors to recover from a casino money stolen from the firm's client account

Elton John v Dick James Music & This Record Company [1991] FSR 397 advising and representing Elton John in his claim to avoid publishing, recording and management agreements made with Dick James Music and This Record Company for undue influence and to recover sums under those agreements

Company

He is a highly experienced and distinguished practitioner whom sources praise for his representation of clients across a diverse range of cases. 

Lictor v Mir Steel (2012), disputes relating to hot strip steel mill in South Wales following insolvency and appointment of administrator

Masri v Consolidated Contractors (2011), committal application relating to alleged breaches of receivership orders

Centenary Holdings (2011), claims under s 151 CA 1985

Yugraneft v Abramovich (2008), major multi jurisdiction case concerning affairs of Russian oil company

Thistle Hotels v Gamma (2004), a claim for breach of warranty arising out the £600m sale of part of a major hotel chain

The Tin Council litigation [1990] 2 A.C. 418 advising and representing the Commonwealth of Australia, the European Economic Community, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria and Thailand as members of the International Tin Council in extensive proceedings in the Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords

Insolvency

Leading chancery silk with a focus on complex litigation. He regularly handles commercial chancery cases that include significant insolvency issues, and is highlighted for his excellent reputation and authoritative nature.

Lictor v Mir Steel (2012), disputes relating to hot strip steel mill in South Wales following insolvency and appointment of administrators

Masri v Consolidated Contractors (2011), committal application relating to alleged breaches of receivership orders

Centenary Holdings (2011), claims under s 151 CA 1985

Yugraneft v Abramovich (2008), major multi jurisdiction case concerning affairs of Russian oil company

The Tin Council litigation [1990] 2 A.C. 418 advising and representing the Commonwealth of Australia, the European Economic Community, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria and Thailand as members of the International Tin Council in extensive proceedings in the Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords

Appointments

CEDR Accredited Mediator

Authorised to sit as a deputy High Court Judge in the Chancery Division

Advising London Clearing House, Hong Kong Stock Exchange and Internatonal Stock Exchange

Disciplinary proceedings at LIFFE and London Commodities Exchange

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association

Commercial Bar Association

Insolvency Lawyers' Association

Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists

Publications

The Practice and Procedure of the Companies Court, (1997, LLP).

Languages

French


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