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Andrew McLeod

Call 2017


Andrew commenced practice in October 2018 following the successful completion of his pupillage under the supervision of Rosanna Foskett, Alec McCluskey, Thomas Munby and Adam Smith. His developing practice covers the full range of commercial and chancery work, with a strong offshore component and particular emphasis on fraud, fiduciary disputes and claims involving art and antiquities. In 2019, he was called to Bar of the British Virgin Islands.

Current and recent work includes:

  • Acted as part of the junior counsel team for a group of hedge funds in a multimillion-pound claim against a major financial institution
  • Advising in proceedings in the Isle of Man on behalf of a wealthy investor in a US$50m fraud claim
  • Acted (led by Paul McGrath QC with Arabella di Iorio and Michael Bolding) for the respondent in the Privy Council in Emmerson International Corporation v Renova Holding Limited [2019] UKPC 24
  • Instructed in proceedings in the British Virgin Islands seeking enforcement of foreign judgments totalling US$60m

Notable Cases

Emmerson International Corp v Renova Holding Ltd (2019)

Before joining Chambers, Andrew spent over five years in various roles across law, academia and government. He served as associate (judicial assistant) to the Hon Robert French AC, Chief Justice of Australia, and worked as a senior analyst in the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where he was a speechwriter and legal adviser to the head of the Australian Public Service and the National Security Adviser.

He has held teaching positions in law at the Australian National University, the University of Sydney and the University of Oxford, where he was also a Research Fellow within the Faculty of Law. Andrew has also advised governments and international organisations, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the United Nations Development Programme, on constitutional law and design in Africa and Asia.

His published research in law has appeared in the Law Quarterly Review, the Sydney Law Review and the Melbourne University Law Review and has been cited by the High Court of Australia and the Australian Law Reform Commission. He is also co-author of several scientific papers in leading international chemistry journals.

Andrew holds undergraduate degrees in law, chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Sydney, where he was awarded numerous prizes and scholarships including the Convocation Medal for the most outstanding graduate in his year. He read for the Bachelor of Civil Law at Exeter College, Oxford, where he was a Cameron Scholar and held the Charles Herbert Currey Memorial Scholarship, the Eleanor Sophia Wood Research Travelling Scholarship and the Sir Arthur Sims Travelling Scholarship. Andrew qualified as a lawyer in Australia in 2013. He was called to the English Bar in 2017 by Lincoln’s Inn as a Levitt Scholar.

The clerks are happy to discuss the basis on which Andrew will act in any given matter. In the absence of express written agreement otherwise, the terms under which Andrew accepts instructions are The Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services By Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (as updated from time to time) referred to in the BSB Handbook.




BSc(Adv)(Hons) LLB(Hons) Syd BCL Oxon