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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


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



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


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.

Commercial Litigation Ashkhan Candeyacandey@candey.com020 3328 7773
Commercial Litigation Andrew Dunnadunn@candey.com020 3328 7780
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…
Sam Claydon photo Sam ClaydonSam 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…
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 HaqueMo 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. The majority of his work is…
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…
Partners : 17
Fee Earners : 23
Other Staff : 6
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.