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Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 2

The 'talented, client-oriented lawyers' at boutique firm CANDEY are routinely instructed on heavyweight litigation, particularly in relation to the CIS, the US, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), and Cyprus; and the team regularly appears inBVI courts and the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal, in addition to its High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court work. The practice is co-led by managing partner Ashkhan Candey, a seasoned litigator with an enviable track record in successful court proceedings; and Andrew Dunn, who is an expert in shareholder disputes, company law and insolvency. At senior solicitor level, Serene Allen regularly acts (as lead fee earner) in cases concerning general commercial disputes, financial services litigation, and insolvency-related matters; and Mei Wong's experience covers company-related disputes, including minority shareholder and director conflicts. In July 2023, former partner Muhammed Haque KC joined Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP.

Practice head(s):

Ashkhan Candey; Andrew Dunn

Other key lawyers:


‘Exceptional client service.’

‘Great team with expertise – accessible and available.’

‘Good communication skills, judgement, and perseverance.’

‘Candey has talented, client-oriented lawyers.’

‘The team is extremely reactive, always available, very competitive on pricing, and keen to help clients get the best outcome.’

‘Ashkhan Candey is always involved and always in touch in relation to the case, giving great guidance. Clients wouldn’t see that involvement from such a senior partner elsewhere.’

Key clients

Nissan Motor Manufacturing

Prism Science

Nissan International

Overgas Inc


Coda Publishing

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 5

Fielding 'a very knowledgeable and experienced team that can handle complex arbitrations', CANDEY is a go-to boutique for arbitration disputes involving clients from the CIS, US, British Virgin Islands, and Cyprus. The team is co-headed by name partner Ashkhan Candey and shareholder disputes expert Andrew DunnJames Collins acts in big-ticket referrals from the CIS; Yuri Botiuk is 'a very knowledgeable lawyer'; and James Glaysher specialises in international commercial arbitration. Senior solicitor Serene Allen acts in a range of cases.

Practice head(s):

Ashkhan Candey, Andrew Dunn

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is very proactive and knowledgeable.’

‘James Glaysher is very knowledgeable, detail oriented, takes the time to explain procedures in detail, and very proactive’

‘They are really focused on Russia – they know all the specifics of Russia-related disputes.’

‘James Collins and Yuri Botiuk are extremely wise and practical. ‘

‘Yuri Botiuk is a very knowledgeable lawyer, and always seeks practical and efficient solutions.’

‘Great attention to detail and very responsive.’

‘Good experienced team with strong connections on the market – particularly well known for its Russia and CIS work.’

The firm has a very knowledgeable and experienced team that can handle complex arbitrations.’

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)

With the arrival of Joshua Ray, who leads alongside Benjamin Wells, the CANDEY team is noted for its focus on complex sanctions and export control matters in multiple foreign jurisdictions.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial Litigation Ashkhan Candey 020 3328 7774
Commercial Litigation Andrew Dunn 020 3328 7780
Photo Name Position Profile
Serene Allen photo Serene Allen Recognised by the Legal 500 as a Key Lawyer in both Commercial…
Yuri Botiuk photo Yuri Botiuk Yuri is a specialist in complex litigation and arbitration across multiple jurisdictions…
Ashkhan Candey photo Ashkhan Candey With business nous Ashkhan provides legal and commercial direction to his clients…
Sam Claydon photo Sam Claydon Sam has a broad litigation and arbitration practice with a particular focus…
James Collins photo James Collins Recognised by leading legal directories such as Legal 500 for being “particularly…
Andrew Dunn photo Andrew Dunn Andrew is a specialist in shareholder disputes, company law and insolvency. He…
Duncan Henderson photo Duncan Henderson Duncan is a commercial disputes lawyer, with experience of courts and arbitral…
Caitriona McCarthy photo Caitriona McCarthy Caitriona is a highly experienced disputes lawyer, predominantly with an international arbitration…
Nigel McEwen photo Nigel McEwen A founding Partner of CANDEY, Nigel was Managing Partner & Chairman of…
Ellen-Louise Moens photo Ellen-Louise Moens Ellen-Louise is an international arbitrational practitioner who is qualified and experienced in…
Leo Nabarro photo Leo Nabarro Leo is a partner and commercial litigator with extensive experience running High…
Joshua Ray photo Mr Joshua Ray Josh is a versatile US-qualified lawyer and English solicitor who represents individuals…
Richard Singleton photo Richard Singleton Richard is an experienced litigator who consistently achieves success for clients across…
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Adem Arif photo Adem Arif Adem specialises in complex, high-value international arbitration and commercial litigation. Adem acts…
Sonia Bamford photo Sonia Bamford Sonia is a commercially aware litigator who is client focused at all…
Yana Chekavska photo Yana Chekavska Yana is a dual-qualified solicitor (England & Wales and Ukraine) and specialises…
Dmytro Chekavskyi photo Dmytro Chekavskyi Dmytro completed his legal studies and undertook the LPC at BPP London…
Emily Higgins photo Emily Higgins Emily is a commercial litigator and has acted on a broad range…
Photo Name Position Profile
Matthew Rogers photo Matthew Rogers Matthew is a barrister at CANDEY working across all of the firm’s…
William Stewart-Parker photo Dr William Stewart-Parker William has a broad range of experience in chancery and commercial advice,…
James Taylor photo James Taylor James is a barrister at CANDEY working across the firm’s core practice…
Partners : 15
Fee Earners : 23
Other Staff : 4
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.