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Andrew Beck

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Walker Morris LLP

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Banking Litigation


Partner and Head of Banking Litigation


Andrew is recognised as a leader in his field by both Chambers and Legal 500. He has a varied practice dealing with a range of complex litigation issues including multi-jurisdictional mortgage fraud cases, asset recovery and high-value professional negligence claims against solicitors and surveyors acting for the firm’s banking and lender clients. He also has substantial experience in dealing with Town and Village Green inquiries acting for opposing landowners, land tribunal claims and all aspects of commercial landlord and tenant disputes.

Andrew is an accredited mediator with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution and has provided training courses on mediation as an alternative method of resolving disputes.

Andrew has been involved in several leading and high-profile reported cases and has represented clients in the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords and the Supreme Court.

In Chambers, Andrew is particularly praised by clients for his “commerciality and depth of knowledge”. He is commended in Legal 500 for being calmness personified”.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation

Within: Banking litigation

Andrew Beck leads Walker Morris LLP’s ‘exceptionally strong’ practice, which acts for financial institutions including Lloyds Banking Group, Leeds Building Society and Bank of Ireland. In a recent highlight, the group acted for a high street lender in obtaining a freezing injunction over the assets of two companies; the team also handles lending disputes, fraud investigations, residential mortgage disputes and professional negligence issues. Other key names in the ‘highly professional’ group include Andrew Bennett, who is ‘a safe pair of hands; Louise Power, who is ‘personable, commercial and tough at just the right moments’; Richard Sandford, who has ‘a calming nature which assists with driving good results’; and Rob Aberdein, who joined from Aberdein Considine in 2017 and handles debt and asset recovery matters.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Walker Morris LLP’s ‘highly experienced and effective team’ is ‘one of the best in the North of the country’ and is ‘first class in all respects’. Clients praise team co-heads Andrew Beck and Martin McKeague; Beck is ‘excellent’ and McKeague is ‘focused, pragmatic, proactive and tenacious’. Highlights included assisting Legal and Contingency with enforcing a prescriptive right of way, representing the Coal Authority in a claim relating to the recovery of royalties payable under an agreement for the extraction of minerals and importation of waste, and acting for Plesvale in the High Court against a tenant seeking declaratory relief. Malcolm Simpson is also singled out as ‘a brilliant all-rounder and tough litigator’; he regularly acts for developers in disputes arising from option agreements, contracts, planning promotion agreements and supply chain issues. Other noteworthy individuals include Karl Anders and senior associate Ruth Ormrod, who focuses on landlord and tenant matters.

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