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Seamus Andrew

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Managing partner, London; managing partner, SCA Creque.
Seamus Andrew is a commercial litigator specialising in international litigation and arbitration having practised at the English bar, with Clifford Chance and with the offshore firm Walkers. Seamus is licensed to appear as an advocate in all English courts. He has experience at all levels of civil tribunal in both the UK and the Cayman Islands and is admitted to practise as a solicitor and a barrister to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in the Territory of the Virgin Islands. Seamus has extensive experience of financial services disputes and, in particular, hedge fund disputes, and has provided expert evidence in hedge fund litigation to Federal Courts in the Southern District of Manhattan and in Philadelphia. Seamus also has experience of litigating disputes relating to shipping, intellectual property and trusts, and has spoken extensively at conferences on the subjects of trust litigation and anti-money laundering laws. Seamus is ranked as a Leading Individual for Commercial Litigation in ‘The Legal 500’ directory. In January 2012 Seamus was named in ‘The Lawyer’ magazine’s ‘Hot 100’ as one of the high-achieving lawyers to watch in 2012, which described him as a ‘fierce and nerveless’ lawyer who does not back down. In September 2011 Seamus was featured as ‘Lawyer of the Week’ in ‘The Times’ newspaper.
Reported cases include: Millbank Properties v Preston Borough Council [1995] EGCS 195, Cambridge v Callaghan (Court of Appeal) Times Law Reports, March 21 1997, Re Omar Trust [2000] Wills and Trusts Law Reports 713, Lemos v Coutts [2000] Cayman Islands Law Reports, CVC v Almeida (Privy Council) [2002] BCLC 1, Cetelem SA v Roust Holdings Ltd [2005] EWCA Civ 618, Architects of Wine Ltd v Barclays Bank PLC [2006] EWHC 1648 (QB) & [2007] EWCA Civ 239 (CA),Indicii Salus Ltd (In Receivership) v (1) Guru Paran Chandrasekaran (2) Vanessa Chandrasekaran (3) Ssaneva Security Technologies Ltd [2007] EWHC 406 (Ch), Almeida v Opportunity Equity Partners, Ltd (Privy Council) [2006] UKPC 44; Lucasfilm v Ainsworth (The Star Wars litigation) [2011] UKSC 39; Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities LLC [BVI HVC (C) 0140 of 2010].


Former lecturer in commercial and insurance law at Manchester University.


King’s College, London (LLB; LLM in corporate and commercial law).

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

SCA ONTIER LLP is adept at handling high-value, multi-jurisdictional, matters across a range of financial and industry sectors.  It also advises on injunctions, mis-selling disputes and fraudulent misrepresentation claims. The firm handles cases involving many different jurisdictions throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and North America, with key client sectors including accounting, banking and finance, commodities, energy, insurance, IP, real estate and shipping. Oliver Cain, Paul Ferguson and Seamus Andrew head the team.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

SCA ONTIER LLP 's 'very measured and thorough team' specialises in complex, high-value, multi-jurisdictional, commercial litigation, arbitration and insolvency across a range of financial and industry sectors. Managing partner Seamus Andrew splits his time between London and the BVI, Paul Ferguson has advised in disputes involving banking and finance, energy and insolvent schemes of arrangement, while Oliver Cain's work is almost exclusively international and cross-border in nature.

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International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

SCA ONTIER LLP is 'a small but very friendly and focused team' that acts in arbitration across a range of financial and industry sectors; in recent years, much of its work has derived from Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Latin America. Managing partner Seamus Andrew divides his time between London and the BVI; Paul Ferguson and Oliver Cain are the other key contacts.

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