Andrew Twigger QC
The directories say
“He has a first-class analytical mind"
Andrew has a Chancery commercial litigation practice and has extensive experience in litigation both in the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court. He also acts in commercial arbitrations.
Andrew has a particular interest in cases related to banking and finance, but undertakes a wide variety of other corporate and commercial cases relating to contractual disputes, commercial fraud, shareholders’ rights, auditors’ (and other professional) negligence, claims relating to bonds and other commercial instruments, company insolvency and insurance.
In addition, Andrew has acted in a variety of property and trust related matters, including partnership disputes, claims to interests in land and actions for breach of trust. He also undertakes drafting and advisory work in the company and commercial spheres.
According to Chambers and Partners 2015, which recommends him in Chancery/Commercial, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Banking and Finance, Andrew “is very bright, very user-friendly and very down to earth. He provides the client with complete confidence." Legal 500 2014 says that he provides “Excellent analysis both on law and tactics.”
Notable recent cases
Ping v. Ong – Andrew is instructed (with Oliver Hilton) by Stephenson Harwood and Isadore Goldman on behalf of various parties who, in the context of bankruptcy proceedings, are seeking to set aside a number of judgments of the High Court which are alleged to have been obtained by fraud. The issues include whether a valid trust was created and, if so, whether its existence was deliberately concealed from the court. The trial was heard in the Chancery Division in February/March 2015 before Morgan J and judgment is awaited.
Edmond de Rothschild Securities (UK) Ltd v. Exillon Energy plc – Andrew is instructed (with Seth Cumming) by Stephenson Harwood on behalf of for the claimant which brought proceedings in the Commercial Court for payment of a success fee under terms of an engagement letter. Summary judgment was granted to the claimant by Males J in July 2014 ( EWHC 2165 (Comm)) and the defendant’s appeal is listed to be heard in December 2015.
Wood v Sureterm – Andrew is instructed by Birketts for of the Claimant in this Commercial Court action arising out of a sale of an insurance business. In September 2014 Popplewell J heard the trial of a preliminary issue concerning the construction of an indemnity in relation to alleged mis-selling of policies ( EWHC 3240 (Comm)). That decision is currently under appeal, which is due to be heard in July 2015.
Day v. Harris & Day v. Royal College of Music – Andrew was instructed by Birketts (leading Luke Harris) in relation to two appeals to the Court of Appeal concerning the estate of the late Sir Malcolm Arnold, the well-known musician and composer. Amongst the issues arising was the question of title to a large number of manuscripts of Sir Malcolm’s works which are currently held by the Royal College of Music (see  Ch. 211).
Benedetti v. Sawiris – Andrew was instructed by Herbert Smith to represent the Claimant in this long running litigation concerning the acquisition of a leading Italian telecommunications company, which was the largest leveraged buy-out in Europe in 2005. The Supreme Court’s decision is the first time the application of restitutionary principles to quantum meruit claims has been considered at the highest level ( AC 938).
Independent Trustee Services Limited v. Morris – Andrew was instructed on behalf of the respondent wife, whose ex-husband had paid off an ancillary relief award with money which later turned out to have been stolen from a pension fund. The Court of Appeal held that the fund was entitled to trace the stolen money into the wife’s assets, despite her innocence of any wrongdoing (see  Ch. 91). Permission to appeal to the Supreme Court was granted but the case was settled before the hearing.
Arab Banking Corporation v. Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers – Andrew was instructed by Herbert Smith (leading Jennifer Seaman) for the two of the Claimant Banks in a Commercial Court action seeking repayment under various facilities. The trial was listed to be heard over 8 weeks in June 2011 along with a number of other related actions. The Defendants admitted liability part way through the trial.
Chancery Bar Association
Member of the Chancery Bar Association Committee (2013 to date)
Member of the Bar Council Legal Services Committee (2013 to date)
Aylesbury Grammar School (1982-1987).
St. John’s College, Oxford (1987-1991).
City University (1992-1993).
Seminars and lectures
08 October 2009
3 Stone Buildings Jersey Seminar – Guilty Knowledge
18 November 2008
3 Stone Buildings Seminar - Law and the Management of Risk
20 February 2007
Commercial Injunctions Seminar
08 May 2006
3 Stone Buildings Seminar - Commercial Liabilities
22 June 2004
3 Stone Buildings Seminar - Professional Exposure