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Andrew Blake

Call: 2012

Andrew specialises in commercial litigation, with a focus on corporate and insolvency disputes. He regularly appears in the High Court (with a leader or as sole counsel) and advises on all aspects of litigation, including interim relief and cross-border elements.

He also undertakes corporate advisory work and has recently advised on a number of high value corporate reorganisations.

Andrew holds a double first in law and a BCL with distinction from Oxford University. From 2012 to 2013, he was a lecturer in contract law at Oxford (Worcester College; University College).

 

Corporate

  • Meetings and resolutions
  • Construction and drafting of constitutional documents
  • Capital reorganisations
  • Takeover Code
  • Directors’ disqualification
  • Companies House matters (including rectification of and restoration to the register and rectification of the charges register)

 

Andrew has advised on a number of high value corporate reorganisations involving capitalisations, reductions of capital and distributions, as well as on cross-border mergers. He is also regularly instructed to advise on directors’ disqualifications and Companies House matters.

A significant proportion of Andrew’s corporate practice arises in the context of litigation: he is often called upon to advise in relation to contentious company meetings, contested director appointments and removals, and the propriety of corporate reorganisations.

During 2014, Andrew undertook a 3 month secondment with Nigel Boardman’s corporate team at Slaughter & May, where he gained experience of complex corporate transactions.

 

 

 

Litigation & Arbitration

  • Shareholder disputes
  • Unfair prejudice petitions
  • Winding up on the just and equitable ground
  • Breach of directors’ / fiduciary duties
  • Breach of warranty claims
  • Directors’ disqualification
  • Civil fraud and asset recovery
  • Interim remedies

 

Recent Experience:

  • Successfully obtained (as sole counsel) a £15 million ex parte proprietary injunction in support of overseas proceedings
  • Instructed (with James Potts QC and Stephen Horan) in relation to the arbitration of an unfair prejudice dispute.
  • Acting (with James Potts QC) in a claim against a former director in relation to an allegedly unlawful corporate reorganisation
  • Instructed (with Philip Gillyon) in relation to a claim against a former director alleging conspiracy and prospectus liability
  • Instructed (with Nigel Dougherty) in relation to a dispute involving alleged fraudulent misrepresentations and forgeries
  • Instructed (as sole counsel) on a breach of warranty claim
  • Advised in relation to various partnership disputes, including as to the entitlement to partnership information, dissolution and an account

 

 

Restructuring & Insolvency

  • Insolvency claims (including misfeasance, transactions at an undervalue and preferences)
  • Administration applications
  • Disputed winding up petitions
  • Injunctions to restrain presentation and advertisement of petitions
  • Validation orders
  • Bankruptcy hearings

Recent Experience:

  • Re MedRe: appeared (with Peter Arden QC) on an urgent application for the appointment of administrators in respect of a reinsurance company
  • Instructed (as sole counsel) in a multimillion pound misfeasance claim against a former director
  • Advised as to the availability of urgent cross-border relief in foreign insolvency proceedings
  • Acted (with Raquel Agnello QC and Jack Rivett) in relation to the winding-up of a foreign company under section 221 of the Insolvency Act
  • Advised and appeared on applications for injunctions to restrain presentation or advertisement of winding up petitions
  • Appeared on various applications in insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings, including applications for validation orders and for annulment orders

In early 2015, Andrew spent 3 months on secondment with Solomon Harris in the Cayman Islands, where he worked on contentious and non-contentious offshore insolvency matters relating to the liquidations of Bear Stearns, Weavering Capital and Caledonian Bank.

International & Offshore

Recent Experience:

  • Andrew has substantial experience of Guernsey litigation, having recently been instructed in relation to two separate multimillion pound claims against former directors of Guernsey investment funds
  • Instructed (with James Potts QC) in relation to a shareholder dispute concerning a Gibraltar company

In early 2015, Andrew spent 3 months on secondment with Soloman Harris in the Cayman Islands, where he worked on a number of high-profile insolvency matters.

 

 

 

Memberships & Publications

Chancery Bar Association

COMBAR

Education and Awards

Education

2007 – 2010: BA Law, Worcester College, Oxford (First Class; ranked 1st of 223 in Law Moderations)
2010 – 2011: Bachelor of Civil Law, Worcester College, Oxford (Distinction)
2011 – 2012: BPTC, BPP Holborn (Very Competent)

Prizes and Scholarships

The Sweet and Maxwell Prize (best performance in Oxford University in Law Moderations)
The Andrew Dixon Scholarship (best performance in Worcester College in Law Moderations)
The Ogilvie Thompson Scholarship (all round contribution to Worcester College)
Arts and Humanities Research Council full grant for the Bachelor of Civil Law
The Bruce Reynolds Prize (best Bachelor of Civil Law performance in Worcester College)
Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn Award)
Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn Award)