07 December 2018 - Article
Represented an individual who alleged title to parts of a rare vintage Ferrari car before its sale for over £10 million at a UK auction. The auction house sought to rescind an agreement reached with the client on the day of the auction beginning complex multi-party litigation, under a stakeholder action, involving the car owners and vendors. Worked closely with lawyers in Europe and South America and participated in lengthy mediation sessions in London. All claims settled in the early morning of the first day of trial listed for five weeks in the Commercial Court.
Obtained a series of eight worldwide freezing injunctions as part of an unlawful means conspiracy claim seeking payment of over £80 million pursuant to a loan note. Proceedings involved the Serious Fraud Office and the Viscount of the Royal Court of Jersey.
Represented a corporate client in an arbitration with a value at stake of £500 million in a landlord/tenant dispute over a large piece of land that is used for confidential UK government business.
Prepared a legal opinion for an international client on the merits of a potential claim against an ambassador in London for unpaid commission payments, worth £25 million, orally agreed at a meeting in London.
Negotiated a resolution of the client’s dispute with two major casinos in Las Vegas in relation to allegedly unpaid gaming debts of $6 million.
Advised the Executive Deputy Chairman of a British oil and gas company during a criminal investigation by the Serious Fraud Office in response to a review by the UN Security Council into the company’s lucrative deal with the Somali Government.
England and Wales, 2016
Me in a minute
For me, in law - there is litigation and everything else
I have always been fascinated by relationships between individuals in their home, work and society. Human behaviour is at the heart of law and every legal dispute.
I chose to practice English law because it is a long established element of international business. English court orders can be very effective tools of commerce. In recent years, I particularly recall obtaining a freezing injunction over the phone at midnight to freeze monies in the client-account of an opponent’s law firm and conducting a hearing in the home of a High Court Judge at Christmas time to prevent the imminent sale of a UK power plant.
For me, in law - there is litigation and everything else.
I enjoy solving disputes as part of my work. During periods of downtime, I enjoy hiking in the Scottish Highlands. I have also climbed extensively elsewhere in Europe, South America and Africa.