Expertise

Andrew is a commercial and specialist competition lawyer with line management experience in commerce and industry.

Andrew directed the legal and political campaign against the sudden, unexpected imposition of backdated liability to pay non-domestic rates on users of statutory ports in England and Wales.  The campaign commenced in 2008 and culminated in the abolition in 2012 of approximately £175m of liability to pay backdated rates imposed on port users thought the Localism Act and secondary legislation which Andrew was instrumental in drafting.  

The campaign involved Andrew in meeting with Cabinet Ministers, the Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Chancellor, Chairs of Select Committees, Members of the House of Lords and of the House of Commons, United Kingdom Ambassadors and Ambassadors to the United Kingdom, the executives of an HMRC Agency, the boards of major port companies and individual port users.  His clients ranged from P&O Ferries Holdings Limited and the automotive distribution company in the Peugeot Citroen Group to SME stevedores.

In addition to his work on the rating of ports, Andrew has advised privately and publicly owned ports of the application of the law of State aid to the development of ports and port facilities.  He has also advised on numerous occasions on the terms of commercial agreements and concurrent leases for the use of port facilities.  Most recently he has advised a major port operator in connection with its liability to pay surface water and highways drainage charges in four major ports and a £1.3m claim for the payment of such charges.