Andrew Thompson KC > Erskine Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Erskine Chambers
33 CHANCERY LANE
LONDON
WC2A 1EN
England

Position

Andrew is a sought-after, specialist commercial litigator, with particular expertise in: corporate litigation and arbitration (including shareholders’ disputes, joint venture disputes, claims against directors and constructive trust claims); LLP and partnership disputes; corporate insolvency; commercial litigation (including large-scale contractual disputes, fraud and breach of warranty claims); and professional negligence claims (including lawyers, accountants, valuers and management consultants). Andrew has been involved in a series of leading cases in these areas. He has specific expertise in litigation in the fund management industry. He has extensive trial experience in the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court and extensive experience in the Court of Appeal. Andrew also undertakes advisory work in the same fields. A list of reported and recent cases is available at www.erskinechambers.com.

Career

Called to Inner Temple 1991, Silk 2014.

Publications:
Contributor to FromCounsel.com corporate law service.

Author of chapter on “Disputes arising from the ownership of the private equity house” in Private Fund Dispute Resolution, PEI 2014.

Contributor to “Company Directors: Law and Liability” Ed Sinclair, Vogel and Snowden.

Memberships

Combar; Chancery Bar Association.

Education

Merchant Taylor’s School, Northwood; St Catharine’s College, Cambridge (1989 BA; 1990 LLM; 1992 MA).

Leisure

Family, cricket, gardening, hill-walking, birding and conservation.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Partnership

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Andrew Thompson KCErskine Chambers ‘Real team player and prepared to get into the detail.’

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Andrew Thompson KCErskine Chambers ‘Extremely intelligent and excellent feel for the strengths and merits of the case.’

Company law heavyweight Erskine Chambers has particular strength in areas where insolvency meets banking and finance or civil fraud. The liquidation of Carillion led to some of chambers’ most notable work in this area, Andrew Thompson KC acting for its five non-executive directors and James Potts KC representing its former finance director in directors’ disqualification proceedings. CVAs have been a notable trend and leading insolvency silk Peter Arden KC has led Ben Shaw on a number of these, including acting for a group of landlords challenging the New Look CVA, the leading case on CVAs in the retail industry.

London Bar > Company

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Andrew Thompson KCErskine Chambers ‘Extremely intelligent and excellent feel for the strengths and merits of a case.’

Undoubtedly top of the league in company law, from the silks down to the juniors‘, Erskine Chambers are the standout set, housing members that cover the range of both litigation and transactional matters. The set were unsurprisingly a key player across various of the market trends this year, one notable area being contested schemes of arrangement. A particular highlight in that respect saw David Chivers KC leading Andrew Blake in hedge fund HBK’s successful opposition to Caesars Entertainment’s acquisition of William Hill. Martin Moore KC acted on the opposite side in that case and is, along with Chivers, routinely instructed on the highest stakes cases spanning multiple jurisdictions. Michael Todd KC specialises in contentious and transactional advice on company law in the UK and internationally, whereas Peter Arden KC‘s practice has more of an insolvency and restructuring focus. Experienced company and finance litigation expert David Mabb KC is another name to note, and Andrew Thompson KC has a standout practice in both LLP law and shareholder disputes, including representing the five non-executive directors of Carillion in defending directors disqualification proceedings. Experienced senior junior Catherine Roberts also has vast experience in shareholder disputes in England and offshore, and Nigel Dougherty is another highly regarded senior figure.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Andrew Thompson KCErskine Chambers ‘Extremely intelligent and excellent feel for the strengths and merits of the case. Turns round work very quickly and always prepared to give a view. Real team player and prepared to get into the detail.’

Erskine Chambers remains the ‘go-to chambers for disputes with a corporate or company law angle‘ with barristers who ‘are out of the very top draw of talent at the Chancery Bar‘. Many are also used for broader commercial disputes, and stand out for claims with an offshore angle. High-profile cases include an injunction restraining the exercise of call options relating to the founder’s shares in the cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp, in which Andrew Thompson KC led Jack Rivett  on behalf of the claimant. Edward Davies KC and Ben Griffiths  both represented the claimant in IsZo v Nam Tai, in a bid to reverse the US$170m placement of shares in the NYSE-listed company registered in the BVI.