Andrew is a Partner in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution team and is Head of our Banking & Finance team.
He has significant experience of assisting and advising companies and individuals on general commercial litigation matters, including contractual and shareholder disputes, mediation, criminal and civil investigations and general commercial disputes. Andrew also has experience of dealing with director disqualification claims and claims against directors and shareholders generally.
Andrew regularly advises banks and other financial institutions on security and enforcement issues arising out of debt claims, ranging from complex multi-jurisdictional claims to simple debt recovery matters, fraud investigations, loss mitigation, contentious and non-contentious insolvency and asset recovery and tracing claims. Andrew regularly deals with and works alongside in-house specialist financial recovery and risk investigation teams within banks and other financial institutions to achieve the best possible outcome.
In addition, Andrew has extensive experience of advising banks and other financial institutions about claims against them by current or former clients and any consequent reports to their respective regulatory bodies. In particular, Andrew has previously advised Banks subject to numerous high-value claims for the alleged mis-selling of various financial products, including structured collars, swaps, simple collars and cap products (also known as interest rate hedging products or IRHPs).
Andrew also regularly undertakes actions against clients and former clients of asset based lenders, banks and other financial institutions, including guarantors, warrantors and indemnifiers.
He also has extensive experience of working alongside insolvency practitioners advising on issues such as fraud investigations, administrations, liquidations and provisional liquidations, actions against bankrupts, directors and third parties and obtaining relief under the Insolvency Act, such as wrongful trading, transactions at undervalue, preference and misfeasance. Of course, having acted on such claims for these clients Andrew is very well placed to act for and advise directors who may find themselves the subject of such claims.
Andrew was recently instructed by a high profile insolvency practitioner, acting in her capacity as Trustee in Bankruptcy, to assist on a number of contentious matters, including examinations under s.366 Insolvency Act 1986 (against both the bankrupt and relevant third parties) and advising on cases involving the proceeds of crime and drug trafficking.
Andrew was previously Joint Head of Asset Based Lending at Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP within the Banking Litigation team. Prior to that, he worked at Squire Patton Boggs (formerly Hammonds LLP) within its specialist finance litigation team for 9 years having joined them as a trainee solicitor following the merger with niche litigation specialist Wildes (formerly Wilde & Partners) in 1999.
He has undertaken a number of secondments with receivables financiers and previously undertook a 9 month secondment with Barclays Bank Plc working within their asset and sales finance division. As a result, Andrew has a clear insight into the day-to-day operation of companies within the ABL/receivables financing industry and understands the demands and challenges faced by its members.