Andrew Twigger QC
Andrew has extensive experience of High Court litigation and regularly appears in both the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court. He also appears in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. In addition, Andrew acts in commercial arbitrations and mediations, and has been involved in offshore litigation including in the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, the BVI, Bermuda and Hong Kong.
Commercial Disputes: Andrew’s practice encompasses disputes of all kinds involving domestic and international businesses and property, including claims for breach of contract, warranty and misrepresentation claims, claims for rectification of contracts and other documents, claims in respect of licence agreements, share purchase agreements, joint venture agreements, franchise agreements, agency agreements and success fees, claims concerning title to real and personal property (including works of art), restitutionary and quantum meruit claims and claims for breach of confidence and breach of fiduciary duty.
Banking and Financial Services: Andrew has a particular interest in cases related to banking and is regularly instructed on behalf of issuers, noteholders and trustees in relation to bond issues including sovereign debt and securitisations, covered bonds, collateral debt obligations and CMBS transactions; he has extensive experience of claims involving trading in derivatives of all kinds, including credit default swaps and synthetic CDOs, claims involving the interpretation of ISDA documentation, claims concerning private equity, mutual funds, hedge funds, REITs, venture capital and leveraged buy-outs, claims involving fixed and floating charges, debentures and other security interests and claims arising out of regulatory issues and financial services, including mis-selling claims.
Company: Andrew acts in relation to shareholder disputes of all kinds, including unfair prejudice petitions and petitions to wind up companies on the just and equitable ground, derivative actions, claims for breach of fiduciary (and other) duties against directors, claims challenging decisions taken at board meetings and shareholders’ meetings and claims concerning vicarious liability for acts of employees and attribution of their acts and knowledge to the company.
Insolvency and Restructuring: Andrew has been involved with claims by and against liquidators, receivers and administrators, claims concerning unlawful dividends, preferences, transactions at an undervalue, fraud on creditors, mutual set-off, priorities between creditors and cross-border insolvency issues.
Civil Fraud: Andrew has wide experience of claims in respect of fraud and dishonesty and related asset recovery and international enforcement, including obtaining or resisting freezing orders, proprietary claims involving the tracing and following of assets, claims involving bribes and secret profits, claims for dishonest assistance, knowing receipt and constructive trusts, claims for fraudulent misrepresentation and deceit, claims to set aside judgments for fraud, shams and piercing the corporate veil.
Trusts: Andrew is experienced in contentious trust disputes in the UK and offshore, particularly in relation to breaches of duty by trustees, proprietary claims to trust assets and claims for knowing receipt and dishonest assistance.
Notable recent cases
- Wood v Sureterm Direct – 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 and found against the Claimant:  EWHC 3240 (Comm). On 30 July 2015 the Court of Appeal allowed the Claimant’s appeal and explained the need, when interpreting an agreement, to balance commercial considerations against the ordinary and natural meaning of the words used:  EWCA Civ 839. Permission has been granted to the Defendant to appeal to the Supreme Court.
- Ong v Ping – Andrew is instructed by Stephenson Harwood and Isadore Goldmann on behalf of various parties who, in the context of bankruptcy proceedings, obtained an order setting aside a number of earlier judgments of the High Court which were held to have been obtained by fraud. The trial was heard in the Chancery Division in February/March 2015 before Morgan J who held that a valid trust had been created and that its existence had been concealed from the court:  EWHC 1742 (Ch). He later decided issues concerning the costs of two sets of solicitors:  6 Costs LR 997.
- Re FSC Andrews Ltd – Andrew was instructed by Leathes Prior for the Respondent to an unfair prejudice petition. In November 2015 the petition was struck out on the grounds that it was bound to fail and was an abuse of process:  EWHC 4042 (Ch).
- BTG International Ltd v Genzyme Corporation – Andrew is instructed by Stephenson Harwood for the Claimant in this Commercial Court action concerning royalties payable pursuant to an agreement licensing the worldwide production and sale of pharmaceuticals under certain patents.
- Re BW Ltd – Andrew was instructed by Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in London, and Walkers in the Cayman Islands, for two companies forming part of an investment structured by Investcorp Bank BSC. An investor issued petitions for the winding up of the companies on the just and equitable ground. The matter settled shortly before the trial, which was listed in August 2015 before Justice Jones in the Cayman Islands.
- Edmond de Rothschild Securities (UK) Ltd v Exillon Energy plc – Andrew was instructed by Stephenson Harwood on behalf of 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)).
- Day v Harris & Day v Royal College of Music – Andrew was instructed by Birketts in relation to two appeals to the Court of Appeal heard in January 2013 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 settled before the hearing.
- Arab Banking Corporation v Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers – Andrew was instructed by Herbert Smith 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. Andrew was subsequently involved in seeking enforcement, including the determination of priorities amongst parties seeking charging orders:  EWHC 2444 (Comm).
- CPC Group Ltd v Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company – Andrew was instructed by Herbert Smith on behalf of the Defendant in this high profile action in the Chancery Division concerning the withdrawal of an application for planning permission in relation to the development of the Chelsea Barracks site following comments made by HRH the Prince of Wales. The Court’s judgment includes some consideration of the law as to the effect of clauses requiring mutual good faith and the use of all reasonable endeavours:  EWHC 1535 (Ch).
- MAN v Freightliner v Ernst & Young – Andrew acted for the Defendant (instructed by Clifford Chance) in this high-profile trial in the Commercial Court, involving commercial fraud and auditors’ negligence:  EWHC 2347 (Comm). He also acted on the appeal to the Court of Appeal ( 2 BCLC 22) and in relation to the Petition for Leave to Appeal to the House of Lords.
- Black v Sumitomo – remains a leading case in relation to pre-action disclosure. Andrew was instructed by Teacher Stern & Selby:  1 WLR 1562.
Commercial Bar Association
Chancery Bar Association
Member of the Chancery Bar Association Committee (2013 to date)
Member of the Bar Council Legal Services Committee (2013 to date)
"Sophisticated Investors : Do they have any rights?" JIBFL 2010