CANDEY > London, England > Firm Profile


Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 1

'Committed to getting great results for clients', boutique practice CANDEY consistently acts for both large corporations and entrepreneurs in major shareholder and joint venture disputes; and it regularly assists with disputes involving the CIS, US, British Virgin Islands and Cyprus. In London, most of the firm's work is predominantly in the High Court, but the team's experience also includes appearances in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Managing partner and 'amazing' litigator Ashkhan Candey has a particular interest in lawyers’ rights and access to justice; 'exceptional lawyer' Andrew Dunn is a specialist in shareholder disputes; and Muhammed Haque KC is sought out for significant company and commercial disputes. The track record of senior solicitor Mei Wong includes acting for corporations and high-profile individuals in company-related disputes, particularly minority shareholder and boardroom fallouts.

Practice head(s):

Ashkhan Candey; Andrew Dunn

Other key lawyers:

Muhammed Haque KC; Mei Wong; James Collins; Yuri Botiuk; James Glaysher


‘Working with Candey has been a fantastic experience – probably the best I’ve had with any firm. From the moment you walk in, you are made to feel that the firm cares and is committed to getting great results for clients.

‘Candey gets to the point, works quickly and efficiently, and is results orientated. The lawyers also really listen to you and collaborate on decisions.’

‘Candey is very professional – a very strong partner-led client experience, which is not by any means necessarily the case these days – it is very reassuring.’

‘The standout person is Ashkhan Candey himself. He’s amazing – nothing phases him. He is determined, strong and genuinely concerned about getting clients a great result.

‘Ashkhan Candey is a true ideas person, but one of the things I was very impressed with is that he includes clients in the process, talking through different ideas, various approaches, and the pros and cons of each. He is transparent and direct.

‘Andrew Dunn is an exceptional lawyer, who is always very attuned to what his clients need to achieve from the litigation process.’

‘Muhammed Haque KC is always ready to help and share his experience with clients.’

‘James Glaysher thinks out of the box and is very meticulous.’

Key clients

Nissan UK Motoring Manufacturing (UK)

Mahesh Naithani and Group companies

Investors in Funding Secure

Silverbond Enterprises (trading as Park Lane Casino)

Infinity Distribution (in administration)

Grosvenor Parks

The Real Co


Nissan International

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 5

Very strong litigation and arbitration boutiqueCANDEY mostly acts in cross-border matters, particularly in relation to the CIS, US, BVI and Cyprus. The group is jointly led by managing partner Ashkhan Candey and Andrew Dunn, who has knowledge of the LCIA, ICC and HKIAC rules. The practice further comprises ‘outstanding lawyerJames Collins and Yuri Botiuk, who acts in strategically significant mandates. International commercial arbitration specialist James Glaysher recently joined as partner from Akin, where he was counsel.

Practice head(s):

Ashkhan Candey; Andrew Dunn

Other key lawyers:

James Collins; Yuri Botiuk; James Glayshe


‘Very good firm with great client relationships and market reputation.’

‘Candey is a very strong litigation and arbitration boutique.’

‘The team is highly capable, matching the much bigger litigation and arbitration practices of leading UK and US firms in London; and it offers not only in-depth knowledge of the law and the mandates, but also solution finding and proactiveness.’

‘Candey’s competent, serious and pleasant group combines knowledge, speed, and the ability to throw in extra resources.’

James Collins is an outstanding lawyer with a valuable understanding of the intricacies of international dispute resolution. He is thorough, determined and dedicated.

‘Yuri Botiuk is highly recommended.’

‘Yuri Botiuk is very strong and talented, as regards the strategy and tactics of cases – with Yuri, clients feel in safe hands.

‘Yuri Botiuk shows excellent judgement, strategic thinking and good timing. He is creative, approachable and efficient.

CANDEY is a boutique litigation law firm independently recognised as one of the UK’s leaders in international litigation and corporate and commercial disputes.  Ranked amongst far larger global law firms, we have appeared in some of the biggest commercial cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and before International Arbitrations.

We recently were one of only two law firms to have two cases in the Lawyers Top 20 cases of the year.

We primarily act in relation to company, joint venture, trusts, breach of contract and insolvency law disputes. We regularly achieve success for clients, making new law and clarifying existing law in a wide range of different areas and sectors, from oil and gas to technology, from financial services to hotels.

Recent reported cases include High Court and Court of Appeal judgments on the principle of good faith, double derivative shareholder actions, the value secured by floating charges, verbal constructive trusts, competing arbitration and court clauses and varying retainers. We have a particular interest in pursuing insolvency practitioners, banks, large financial institutions and multi-national law firms. We have a track record of establishing board room deceit as well as negligence, and are keen to take on cases which have fundamental consequences for entire industries.

We are always approachable, and are fiercely protective of our clients’ interests.  We will always consider charging on a contingent basis where we are only paid if we win, or alternatively on a fixed fee.  This commercial strategy endears us to entrepreneurs and executive management, and allows us to take on any opponent, whether backed by private or public capital or a sovereign state.

We think innovatively and work in partnership with our clients to advise, protect and add value to our clients’ business, assets and interests.

Corporate and commercial litigation: Our litigation team specialises in a wide range of international commercial, financial and technology disputes, including contract, company, joint venture, partnership and shareholder claims.

International arbitrations: We have acted in confidential arbitrations in Dubai, Singapore (SIAC), Hong Kong (HKIAC), UNCITRAL, LCIA and ICC with ancillary proceedings in the Commercial Court in London, the British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Dubai, Singapore, Paris and Cyprus.

Insolvency and fraud: We act for and against receivers, liquidators and administrators, including interim receivers and provisional liquidators. We take a no nonsense approach to protecting and attacking insolvency practitioners, and in acting for fixed and floating charge creditors.

Lawyers and law firms: We act for individual lawyers and for and against other law firms. We are often called in to assist lawyers in other law firms, where a dispute has arisen, and where our flexible charging model aids and assists in obtaining a quick and smooth resolution for a mutual client. We have acted for many departing law firm partners in disputes with their former law firms, and have for many years sued law firms in professional negligence, achieving substantial settlements from their insurers. We regularly work with or on behalf of other lawyers in other jurisdictions, particularly in the British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong & Singapore, Russia, Ukraine and USA.

Commercial Litigation Ashkhan Candeyacandey@candey.com020 3328 7774
Commercial Litigation Andrew Dunnadunn@candey.com020 3328 7780
Serene Allen photo Serene AllenSerene is a senior solicitor at CANDEY with extensive experience in general…
Adem Arif photo Adem ArifAdem specialises in complex, high-value international arbitration and commercial litigation. Adem acts…
Sonia Bamford photo Sonia BamfordSonia is a commercially aware litigator who is client focused at all…
Yuri Botiuk photo Yuri BotiukYuri is a specialist in complex litigation and arbitration across multiple jurisdictions…
Ashkhan Candey photo Ashkhan CandeyWith business nous Ashkhan provides legal and commercial direction to his clients…
Yana Chekavska photo Yana ChekavskaYana is a dual-qualified solicitor (England & Wales and Ukraine) and specialises…
Dmytro Chekavskyi photo Dmytro ChekavskyiDmytro completed his legal studies and undertook the LPC at BPP London…
Sam Claydon photo Sam ClaydonSam has a broad litigation and arbitration practice with a particular focus…
James Collins photo James CollinsRecognised by leading legal directories such as Legal 500 for being “particularly…
Andrew Dunn photo Andrew DunnAndrew is a specialist in shareholder disputes, company law and insolvency. He…
James Glaysher photo James GlaysherJames Glaysher is an experienced solicitor-advocate specialising in international commercial arbitration. He…
Maninder Goraya photo Maninder GorayaManinder is a commercial litigator with experience in complex, high value international…
Duncan Henderson photo Duncan HendersonDuncan is a commercial disputes lawyer, with experience of courts and arbitral…
Emily Higgins photo Emily HigginsEmily is a commercial litigator and has acted on a broad range…
Caitriona McCarthy photo Caitriona McCarthyCaitriona is a highly experienced disputes lawyer, predominantly with an international arbitration…
Nigel McEwen photo Nigel McEwenA founding Partner of CANDEY, Nigel was Managing Partner & Chairman of…
Deliya Meylanova photo Deliya MeylanovaDeliya has a broad range of experience in commercial litigation and arbitration.…
Kofi Mills-Bampoe photo Kofi Mills-BampoeKofi Mills-Bampoe is a highly experienced commercial litigator and solicitor-advocate. He is…
Leo Nabarro photo Leo NabarroLeo is a partner and commercial litigator with extensive experience running High…
Petar Petkov photo Petar PetkovPetar is a Solicitor Advocate with experience in complex and high-value commercial…
Joshua Ray photoMr Joshua RayJosh is a versatile US-qualified lawyer and English solicitor who represents individuals…
Matthew Rogers photo Matthew RogersMatthew is a barrister at CANDEY working across all of the firm’s…
Richard Singleton photo Richard SingletonRichard is an experienced litigator who consistently achieves success for clients across…
William Stewart-Parker photoDr William Stewart-ParkerWilliam has a broad range of experience in chancery and commercial advice,…
Ben Wells photo Ben WellsBen Wells is a Solicitor Advocate. The majority of his work is…
Mei Wong photo Mei WongRecognised by the Legal 500 as a “Rising Star”, Mei has a broad…
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English Bar Council (individual membership)

CLIENT: Paul Dickie (Partner, Gateley Plc)
TESTIMONIAL: I have the highest respect for Andrew Dunn and his colleagues. Andrew’s sheer professionalism is evident in everything he does. His case management is exceptionally well thought out and his relations with client, arbitrator, mediator and the other side are finely tuned so as to achieve the best outcomes. His team is, unfailingly, responsive to a very high degree, and exhibits the same attention to detail and high standards. I would unhesitatingly recommend Andrew and his team.

CLIENT: Flotec
TESTIMONIAL: We have now had the pleasure of your services for several years and in that time we have always found your firm to be honest, transparent and professional. We have used numerous Solicitor practices over the years and none of them are a patch on yourselves for customer support and care. We have no hesitation in recommending Andrew Dunn and CANDEY to other prospective clients which we have done over the years who equally have said how pleased they are with your services. Keep up the good work and look forward to working with you for many more years to come and a big thank you for all that you do.

CLIENT: Les Ambassadeurs Club (Michelle Elliott, Senior Cash Operations and Collections Executive)
TESTIMONIAL: Richard Singleton and this team at CANDEY provide expert legal advice and support assisting Les Ambassadeurs Club with a range of legal issues, and consistently achieves success often in difficult circumstances. They explain the litigation process, legal strategies and options in plain, simple and easily understandable language and solve problems with proactive and innovative solutions. We have developed over many years, a close working relationship with all of the team at CANDEY who are knowledgeable, personable and responsive, and who articulate themselves and their advice in a friendly and approachable manner. But most of all, they are easily contactable as our business doesn’t keep normal business hours.

CLIENT: Davide Bacci
TESTIMONIAL: Ashkhan – I just wanted to say a personal thank you for this victory today – we certainly could not have done it without CANDEY.

CLIENT: Tripod Partners (Dean Covill, Chief Executive Officer)
TESTIMONIAL: Having recently concluded a successful litigation against another company, I can fully endorse CANDEY as our legal representatives through this process. They acted with great authority and demonstrated vast experience which proved pivotal in helping us make the vital decisions, ultimately securing the outcome we wanted.

Guiding us through the legal journey, CANDEY’s team provided balanced pragmatic advice, explaining the many legal nuances along the way with appropriate articulation. We will certainly engage with CANDEY with all our future legal matters given our experience.

CLIENT: Serge Grimaux
TESTIMONIAL: Just a quick note to let you (Richard Singleton) know how much I appreciate the quality of the legal services and advice you, Mei and your colleagues have provided me over the past years. Your comments are always valuable, your focus is sharp and the conclusion you come to are providing constant guidance. Thanks a lot for all the great work. As always, I truly always appreciate it.

CLIENT: Inder Bir Singh
TESTIMONIAL: I am very happy with the work Andrew Dunn and his great team at CANDEY have done. They are very attentive and have helped me analyse and prepare… like a game of chess, always 3 steps ahead!

CLIENT: Anonymous
TESTIMONIAL: The appointment of Richard Singleton was the best decision I made for my legal case. The CANDEY Dispute Resolution team are outstanding. They are responsive, attentive and have displayed a steely determination to do what’s right for the client. Richard grasped the issues of the case immediately, has provided exceptional advice and going the extra mile is common practice for him. I also have the highest regard for Serene Allen and Omar Tahir who are exceptional in their own right. The team collaborates internally regularly to address my legal requirements and are always happy to discuss details of legal points in layman terms.

CLIENT: QUORUS (Evgeny Zhilin, Partner)
TESTIMONIAL: Let me thank you (Yuri Botiuk) for the great work you’ve done for our client. The professionalism shown by you and your colleagues is outstanding, the client is very happy with the result. Your navigation through highly challenging English law environment has been really impressive. I will be happy to recommend you and your team to other potential clients seeking English law advice and representation in UK courts.

CLIENT: Chernyshov (Grigory Chernyshov, Partner)
TESTIMONIAL: CANDEY are the best English disputes lawyers!

CLIENT: FINVISION (sherzod Yusupov)
TESTIMONIAL: CANDEY is the best firm in London for any legal disputes work. Because you are not a large international firm where they have lawyers changing every two weeks and no individual approach (like MacDonalds). In comparison, your firm is like a Michelin star restaurant without the price.

CLIENT: Marek Zwiefka-Sibley
TESTIMONIAL: I have instructed CANDEY on several cases and each time they have fought my corner as though it were their own. From paralegal through to QC, the level of skill and professionalism has been of the highest order and I would recommend them highly. Not afraid to carve out new law in the pursuit of justice, CANDEY are a first rate team of litigators able to tackle the complete spectrum of legal cases.