Expertise

Andrew is an Associate in the Dispute Resolution team in Leeds. He advises clients (including FTSE 100 companies, banks and private companies) on a wide range of complex, high value and business critical disputes. A large part of Andrew's work is focused on finding solutions for clients to what may appear to be an intractable problem, either through alternative dispute resolution or formal Court proceedings.

Andrew acts for clients across a broad range of sectors including: Retail and Consumer, Digital, Energy and Utilities, and Financial Services. Andrew has particular expertise in managing risk and resolving claims in connection with IT disputes and breach of contract, including warranty claims and the supply of goods and services. He also has experience in dealing with procurement challenges, judicial reviews and finance litigation.

Examples of Andrew's recent experience include:

  • IT disputes - advising companies defend software under licensing claims (including dealing with contract negotiations, risk management and audits) brought by major software suppliers. Acted for Diageo in the leading case in this area: SAP UK Limited v Diageo Great Britain Limited [2017] EWHC 189 (TCC);
  • Advised a major retailer in relation to a £15m dispute with an IT provider of an ERP system arising out of various breaches of obligations;
  • Acted for a utilities company in defending a claim from a supplier in the ECO energy saving market and bringing a multi-million pound counterclaim in relation to complex regulatory energy saving obligations;
  • Assisted a bank defend a claim brought by a partner who denied liability for the multi-million pound shortfall on the partnership's account on the basis that his signature had allegedly been forged on various loan agreements and legal charges by another partner;
  • Assisted a major online only retailer in relation to a multi-million pound counterclaim for damages arising from a defective e-commerce website;
  • Acted for an energy supplier as an Interested Party in a Judicial Review which concerned a challenge to a decision to amend the charging methodology of the electricity transmission system;
  • Advised a software house defend a claim for delivery up of source code plus damages for alleged loss of opportunities, whilst pursuing a counterclaim in relation to breach of contract;
  • Advised a manufacturer and supplier of garments defend a claim brought by a global fashion brand in relation to an alleged batch of faulty goods which had been distributed worldwide; and
  • Advised a steel stockholding company on a complex dispute relating to allegations of breaches of fiduciary duties, breach of confidence, conversion and unlawful interference with goods.
Reported cases
  • SAP UK Ltd v Diageo Great Britain Ltd [2017] EWHC 189 (TCC)
  • Dinesh Kotak v Jagdish Kotak & Royal Bank of Scotland PLC & Bowbridge Ltd [2017] EWHC 1821
  • Breitenfeld UK Ltd v Harrison & Ors [2015] EWHC 399 (Ch)
Professional memberships

Society of Computers and Law

Education
  • Year qualified: 2012
  • Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School - Distinction (2009-2010)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School (2008-2009)
  • Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh – MA Economics (2008)