Firm Profile > CANDEY > London, England

CANDEY
8 STONE BUILDINGS
LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3TA
England

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 2

Boutique firm CANDEY has a strong track record featuring in significant High Court and Court of Appeal cases that have either created new law or clarified existing law. Also notable is that the practice is highly rated for disputes involving the CIS, US, BVI and Cyprus. The group is jointly led by managing partner Ashkhan Candey and Andrew Dunn, who is a specialist in shareholder disputes and company law matters. Also integral to the group is Muhammed Haque QC, who regularly appears as leading counsel in high-profile and high-value commercial litigation. James Collins is experienced in proceedings brought in the English High Court. Yuri Botiuk is also a key individual. At senior solicitor level, Mei Wong has a broad range of experience in general commercial litigation and ADR matters.

Practice head(s):

Ashkhan Candey; Andrew Dunn

Testimonials

A small, very effective practice with very bright, proactive staff – excellent value for money.

The best legal investment I’ve ever made in 45 years of legal costs – I would recommend these guys as they are ultra-bright, pragmatic and hard-working. I sent an email at 11 pm on a Sunday, and to my amazement, I received a detailed reply in 45 minutes. Unbelievable!

Their no-win no-fee approach is a strong indicator of the strength of your case/defence, so the alignment of interests is extremely reassuring.

They are flexible on commercial approaches and very good to partner with.

Straight advice with the pros and cons given, with a youthful and progressive attitude. CANDEY gets to the core of the problem quickly.

The personal attention of the principal of the company, Ashkhan Candey, provides an edge over other larger companies that I have employed.

Ashkhan Candey has his finger on the pulse  – great approach and cuts to the chase, telling you how it is.

Yuri Botiuk and James Collins were always available, very creative and offered sound advice. The best recommendation we can possibly provide.

Key clients

JSN Development Group

Silverbond

SOGIP

Unsecured class of creditors of Funding Secure (In Administration)

Urban Exposure

Park Lane Casino

Deposit Guarantee Fund of Ukraine

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 6

Commercial litigation and international arbitration boutique CANDEY is predominantly focused on cross-border work, and the 'very good City firm' is particularly active in CIS, US, BVI and Cyprus-related matters. Experienced commercial dispute partners Ashkhan Candey and Andrew Dunn co-head the practice, which includes James Collins, who is particularly sought after for big-ticket Russia-related referrals, and Yuri Botiuk, who has over 20 years’ experience in acting for clients from the former Soviet Union.

Practice head(s):

Ashkhan Candey; Andrew Dunn

Other key lawyers:

James Collins; Yuri Botiuk; Yahia Boussabaine

Testimonials

CANDEY is a real boutique for hardcore disputes.

They were well organised and extremely professional in their approach.

Staffed by top-notch professionals.

Great for attention to detail and strategic thinking.

A very good City firm – small but efficient.

Yuri Botiuk is best in class for assisting with CIS-related disputes. He has an excellent case portfolio that makes him a very experienced and confident person.

Yuri Botiuk and James Collins were always available, very creative, and with sound advice – the best recommendation we can possibly provide.

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 acandey@candey.com 020 3328 7773
Commercial Litigation Andrew Dunn adunn@candey.com 020 3328 7780
Photo Name Position Profile
 Serene Allen  photo Serene Allen Serene is a senior solicitor at CANDEY with extensive experience in general…
 Sonia Bamford  photo Sonia Bamford Sonia is a commercially aware litigator who is client focused at all…
 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 Cheesbrough  photo Sam Cheesbrough Barrister.  Sam is a commercially and client-focussed litigator with a broad range…
 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…
 James Glaysher  photo James Glaysher James Glaysher is an experienced solicitor-advocate specialising in international commercial arbitration. He…
 Maninder Goraya  photo Maninder Goraya Maninder is a commercial litigator with experience in complex, high value international…
 Muhammed Haque photo Muhammed Haque Mo Haque QC is a highly experienced and client-focussed commercial litigator. He…
 Duncan Henderson  photo Duncan Henderson Duncan is a commercial disputes lawyer, with experience of courts and arbitral…
 Emily Higgins  photo Emily Higgins Emily is a commercial litigator and has acted on a broad range…
 Paul Kinninmont  photo Paul Kinninmont Paul is an effective and commercially minded disputes lawyer. His extensive experience…
 Nigel McEwen  photo Nigel McEwen A founding Partner of CANDEY, Nigel was Managing Partner & Chairman of…
 Caitriona McMarthy  photo Caitriona McMarthy Caitriona is a highly experienced disputes lawyer, predominantly with an international arbitration…
 Kofi Mills-Bampoe  photo Kofi Mills-Bampoe Kofi specialises in acting for corporates and individuals in their most significant,…
 Leo Nabarro  photo Leo Nabarro Leo is a partner and commercial litigator with extensive experience running High…
 Lionel Nichols  photo Lionel Nichols Lionel is an English barrister and Australian solicitor with 13 years of…
 Petar Petkov  photo Petar Petkov Petar is a Solicitor Advocate with experience in complex and high-value commercial…
 Richard Singleton  photo Richard Singleton Richard is an experienced litigator who consistently achieves success for clients across…
Dr William Stewart-Parker  photo Dr William Stewart-Parker William has a broad range of experience in chancery and commercial advice,…
 Ben Wells  photo Ben Wells Ben Wells is a Solicitor Advocate and a fluent Russian speaker. The…
 Mei Wong  photo Mei Wong Recognised by the Legal 500 as a “Rising Star”, Mei has a broad…
 Audrius Zakarauskas  photo Audrius Zakarauskas Audrius is experienced in a broad range of disputes, both in commercial…
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Fee Earners : 23
Other Staff : 6
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CLIENT: Dial Partners LLP
TESTIMONIAL: Leo has always been professional, diligent and courteous in our dealings with him.  He is extremely enthusiastic, available whenever we need him and deals with matters in a timely manner, we would certainly recommend him to any of our contacts.


CLIENT: Les Ambassadeurs Casino
TESTIMONIAL: Jonathan is logical and analytical he displays a great deal of creativity in his problem solving. He has the ability to format legal strategies which require absorbing and comprehending large amounts of data and condensing them down into something more manageable and easy for his clients to comprehend. He is personable, articulate, with good written communication skills. Ultimately he is a good listener, enabling him to thoroughly understand the brief!


CLIENT: NISSAN
TESTIMONIAL: CANDEY has proven enhanced value and service levels and a deep understanding of our business and automotive industry issues. They are successfully supporting us in any difficult negotiations, discussions or court cases and we are happy with their services.


CLIENT: Tim Murray
TESTIMONIAL: Having first worked with Richard and his team five years ago, CANDEY immediately became my go-to firm for litigation, both personal and business. In that time I have used him for six substantial matters, two concluded successfully, four at various stages of progression, as well as many standalone pieces of ad hoc advice. Richard is a fount of good advice, combining a practical knowledge of process with a strong sense of tactics and a sound business perspective – including telling me frankly when I might be wasting money pursuing a matter. He is personable, a good listener, efficient to work with, and delivers to deadlines.


CLIENT: Alex Tupman
TESTIMONIAL: CANDEY offered expert legal advice and support in two separate breach of contract and damages cases, resulting in very successful outcomes for both. Richard and Ashkhan both made what was a highly complex and daunting experience at first, significantly easier to deal with and in a very friendly atmosphere. We have also subsequently used them on other litigation matters, also with successful outcomes and will continue to do so. I highly recommend them.


CLIENT: Emma Mann
TESTIMONIAL: Working with Richard Singleton and his team, is a pleasure, he is diligent, hard working, extremely experienced in IP law and gives honest guidance when it is needed. Richard is proactive and you feel like you are in a powerful team together when working with him. I would recommend Richard to anyone needing specialist IP law. He is friendly and passionate about his work which is evident when you work with him!


CLIENT: Jack Kotak
TESTIMONIAL: Without the support of Richard and his team at CANDEY, we wouldn’t have succeeded in our case the way we have and can’t thank them enough for this. They were reliable, friendly and supportive throughout and their hard work and solid advice was so helpful. All matters were explained to us thoroughly, which made the litigation process easier and helped us build up real trust in them.


CLIENT: Ken Kinsella
COMPANY/FIRM: Across Bridges Trading and Contract Company Limited
TESTIMONIAL: I wish to state that Mr Leo Nabarro, above, has acted on my behalf for many years on a wide range of legal and professional matters. I am delighted with the services that Mr Nabarro provides and this is due namely to his deep knowledge of the law and how it applies to a particular circumstance; his ability to deliver solutions to a problem and to do so in a timely manner; Mr Nabarro has an eye for detail and therefore can spot circumstances that have lead to a competitive advantage within a particular case and through his character and demeanour, Mr Nabarro has an ability to work very well with people in difficult circumstances to reach satisfactory conclusions. I am wholly delighted with Mr Nabarro’s professionalism and work ethic and would recommend him totally to anyone looking for legal assistance.


COMPANY/FIRM: Will Wells, CEO, Hummingbird Technologies Limited – KPMG Best British Tech Start Up 2019
TESTIMONIAL: As a fast moving technology start up, we have been forced to navigate numerous complex challenges on our growth trajectory from 1 to 50 employees, and in our overseas expansion efforts. Throughout this journey, Leo Nabarro’s advice has been robust and steadfast, particularly when called upon in a deal making capacity. We are grateful in particular for his measured advice and meticulous eye for detail, and look forward to drawing further on his experience in years to come.


CLIENT: Jane Langford
TESTIMONIAL: Sonia Bamford has acted for me over a number of years, first as a student McKenzie friend, then as a trainee solicitor and now as a qualified solicitor. I have been very pleased to keep Sonia as my legal representative in all that time because I have found her to have a rare mix of interest in me as a person, my case as a challenge and the professional knowledge and approach to execute my instructions to exceptional effect. She combines her professional expertise with imagination and diligence and is always willing and able to advise me and explain things pleasantly and simply. She is a remarkable human being whom it is my privilege and pleasure to know.


CLIENT: PHILLITE D UK LTD
TESTIMONIAL: Sonia Bamford is a very impressive young Lawyer at CANDEY Solicitors. Sonia is a specialist in the field of commercial litigation. Unusually she combines to a very high degree a thoroughness of approach with an ability to identify the salient points quickly of Claim or defence. This is of great assistance when instructing Counsel to understand the case as it is thereby clearer and quicker to grasp. Sonia has added to an already top class firm of Lawyers in this field.


TESTIMONIAL: Muhammed Haque QC (“Mo”) is highly knowledgeable and well prepared. His attention to detail is outstanding and he enjoys spending the necessary time with clients in order to gain an understanding of the case. Mo acted for us in a number of civil hearings and has drafted various documents to support our cases and claims. Mo is well respected in the industry and gets things done.


CLIENT: ARCH Emerging Markets Partners
TESTIMONIAL: Duncan has worked for us on two sensitive cases, handling both professionally and efficiently. He has quickly developed an understanding of complex situations and delivered advice which reflects his commercial acumen and tactical nous.


TESTIMONIAL: Over a two-year period, Duncan acted on my behalf in relation to a dispute involving numerous legal issues, both here and abroad. In spite of the many moving parts, Duncan was proficient at getting to the heart of the matter and focusing on the key issues, helping us to arrive at a successful outcome. Reliable and hard-working, Duncan’s engaging and supportive manner made the litigation process significantly less daunting. In short, a great lawyer to have in your corner.


CLIENT: Richard Pace
TESTIMONIAL: Sonia displayed all the qualities I look for in a lawyer, a detailed understanding of the subject matter, huge energy, drive and focus. Throughout our case she delivered the highest quality of work, client engagement, guidance and creative thinking. Sonia and the CANDEY team unpicked our case and stitched it back together with a meticulous eye and approach, displaying a results driven mentality alongside great warmth and strong communication skills.


TESTIMONIAL: I have been working on a case with Mei at CANDEY for over a year she has excellent work ethics and is very personable, her understanding and diligence is unsurpassed. You are made to feel very much at home completely comfortable without the stress of the legal complications that may affront you. CANDEY’s support and expertise have made the whole experience an easy process.


TESTIMONIAL: I came to CANDEY with a significant litigation matter. The team provided the sensitive and personal advice required for such a claim. We have always explored all of the different approaches available to us and evaluated the potential outcomes before taking any steps forward. Mei and Andrew in particular have driven the case forward providing their undivided support throughout the process. I would certainly instruct and recommend CANDEY to others in the future.


CLIENT: Evgeny Zhilin
TESTIMONIAL: The team led by partner Yuri Botiuk provides holistic support to the client on a potential extradition case (white-collar). Starting from the scratch, the team has assembled a strong case, both on the facts and process. The team is knowledgeable, professional and pro-active and, which is not less important, combines it with a weighted approach towards legal costs. The team is likewise very capable for other assignments such as corporate and commercial disputes in UK and beyond.


CLIENT: An investment banker
TESTIMONIAL: When dealing with a delicate matter, the pressure gets high. So the need of professionals reassuring you with the adequate service and knowledge becomes a necessity. I had the pleasure to be followed by two very talented and experienced professionals at CANDEY on a very delicate matter that deserved all the attention to details they provided. The respect of the privacy and of the delicacy of the matter was superior, so it was the knowledge to set the strategy for best settle the case. The network and service provided are excellent and the services are tailored to your needs and availability. It is a full customer oriented boutique, goal and satisfaction driven.


CLIENT: Sunny Hill Energy Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: I wish to record my sincere personal thanks to Petar Petkov for his excellent assistance throughout this case.  As you know, he has been an invaluable support to my team and I.  He has conducted himself extremely well professionally, often ‘going the extra mile’, working prolonged hours, out of normal business hours, weekends etc, and being extremely responsive to matters when complexities or difficulties arose, to assist us in our service delivery to yourselves.


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: Central Bridging Loans Limited
TESTIMONIAL: I have worked with Kofi Mills-Bampoe and Andrew Dunn of CANDEY on various matters for some time, mainly litigation based.  I have always found their professional, quality of work, flexibility and prompt approach to matters outstanding and considerably ahead of other practices I have worked with in my thirty five years in the property and lending industry. I have recommended them to other professional colleagues and would have no hesitation doing so ongoing.


CLIENT: RYSE Asset Management LLP
TESTIMONIAL: The team at CANDEY were there every step of the way for us though our case, fighting to bring us the justice we deserved. It was refreshing to work with a firm that truly cares about its clients. Their hard-working attitude, responsiveness, knowledge and attention to detail was impeccable and we would not hesitate to recommend them in the future.


CLIENT: Bob Levin (Director, Mayfair Estates)
TESTIMONIAL: It is with great pleasure that I testify to the excellent service provided to the above company by various members of the team at CANDEY Limited.  Their level of engagement, tenacity, and attention to detail is such that I have never experienced with any other law firm.  In particular, I commend Kofi Mills-Bampoe, a solicitor at this firm.


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.


Iain Clarke, Partner (Gilson Gray)
Client: Sunny Hill Energy Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: I wish to record my sincere personal thanks to Petar Petkov for his excellent assistance throughout this case. As you know, he has been an invaluable support to my team and I. He has conducted himself extremely well professionally, often ‘going the extra mile’, working prolonged hours, out of normal business hours, weekends etc, and being extremely responsive to matters when complexities or difficulties arose, to assist us in our service delivery to yourselves.


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.


John Clifford, Managing Director
Client: Central Bridging Loans Limited
TESTIMONIAL: I have worked with Kofi Mills-Bampoe and Andrew Dunn of CANDEY on various matters for some time, mainly litigation based. I have always found their professional, quality of work, flexibility and prompt approach to matters outstanding and considerably ahead of other practices I have worked with in my thirty five years in the property and lending industry. I have recommended them to other professional colleagues and would have no hesitation doing so ongoing.


Shabir Chowdhary, Managing Partner
Client: RYSE Asset Management LLP
TESTIMONIAL: The team at CANDEY were there every step of the way for us though our case, fighting to bring us the justice we deserved. It was refreshing to work with a firm that truly cares about its clients. Their hard-working attitude, responsiveness, knowledge and attention to detail was impeccable and we would not hesitate to recommend them in the future.


CLIENT: Bob Levin (Director, Mayfair Estates)
TESTIMONIAL: It is with great pleasure that I testify to the excellent service provided to the above company by various members of the team at CANDEY Limited. Their level of engagement, tenacity, and attention to detail is such that I have never experienced with any other law firm. In particular, I commend Kofi Mills-Bampoe, a solicitor at this firm.


Andrew Hamilton, Director
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.