Andrew Ayres KC > Twenty Essex > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Twenty Essex

Work Department

  • Arbitration
  • Banking and financial services
  • Civil fraud and asset tracing
  • Commodities and international trade
  • Company law
  • Energy and infrastructure
  • Insolvency and restructuring
  • Jurisdiction, conflicts and enforcement
  • Public international law
  • Technology, media and telecoms


Andrew has an established commercial disputes practice, with a core of trial advocacy before courts and tribunals across the globe.

He has strong multi-jurisdictional connections, particularly in the Asia Pacific region, the Caribbean and within the wider offshore community.

He has been recommended in the legal directories in the following areas: commercial litigation, banking & finance, civil fraud, company & partnership and commercial chancery. Andrew also specialises in urgent injunctive relief, including freezing, search orders and the appointment of provisional liquidators.

Andrew appears before all courts and tribunals in England and Wales, including the courts and lists of the Business and Property Courts, including the Commercial and Admiralty Courts, Circuit Commercial Courts, the Technology and Construction Court, the Financial List, and the Company and Insolvency List, together with the balance of the Queen’s Bench Division, the Administrative Court and the higher Appellate Courts.

Andrew also appears as Counsel at international and domestic arbitrations (including LCIA, ICC, SIAC, DIAC, ICSID, under UNCITRAL rules and ad hoc).

Andrew takes appointments as arbitrator.

Andrew has a breadth of expertise across a range of sectors and services, including aviation, banking and finance, construction and engineering, energy and natural resources, fraud and asset tracing, international trade, joint ventures, professional liability and risk, structured products and derivatives and TMT.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Andrew Ayres KCTwenty EssexGreat manner in court, very effective advocacy style. On top of the detail, and always well prepared for calls with clear advice on calls and in writing. Organised and responsive. A pleasure to work with.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Andrew Ayres KCTwenty Essex ‘Andrew is excellent at setting strategy and communicating that clearly to the team and clients. He is a force to be reckoned with on his feet.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Andrew Ayres KCTwenty Essex ‘Andrew listens and supports his clients with remarkable client care skills. His preparation and cross-examination is second to none. He instills complete confidence in clients and solicitors alike.’

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Andrew Ayres KCTwenty EssexAdvocacy style is very effective – calm, well prepared and on top of the detail.  Judges have confidence in Andrew’s submissions. Andrew is very responsive and is a pleasure to work with.  He is really effective at leading a team and ensuring all team members’ contributions are considered.’