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.


SILK: 2015



  • RAIIDAR International (2017)
  • London Court of International Arbitration (2016)
  • Association of Partnership Practitioners (2012)
  • Insolvency Lawyers Association (2012)
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association (2012)
  • Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association (2010)
  • Advocate (formerly Bar Pro Bono Unit) (2007)
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Chancery Bar Association


  • University of Oxford: MA

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Andrew Ayres KCTwenty EssexVery user-friendly. Andrew has a very smooth advocacy style and very good court presence – has a real air of authority and is unflappable.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Andrew Ayres KCTwenty EssexVery user-friendly. Very smooth advocacy style and very good court presence – has a real air of authority. Unflappable.

Twenty Essex fields a selection of impressive silks and juniors with good track records in a wide range of banking and finance claims, from complex trade-related derivatives issues through to consumer credit disputes. Paul Lowenstein KC is consistently busy on banking and related fraud claims, and led Luke Pearce on behalf of the claimants in Dove and others v HBOS and Bank of Scotland and Wells v HBOS and Bank of Scotland, a banking dispute involving significant fraud allegations. Philip Edey KC is also representing one of the defendants, Russian billionaire Boris Mints, in PJSC National Bank Trust v Mints, in a case concerning alleged fraudulent conspiracy in relation to the restructuring of loans. The arrival of Andrew Ayres KC from Maitland Chambers added further fire power.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Andrew Ayres KCTwenty EssexHighly strategic approach to litigation – always thinking of the next step. Great knowledge of the fraud toolkit.

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Andrew Ayres KCTwenty EssexAbsolutely superb – his rapid responsiveness is unlike any other silk I have worked with.

Praised  as ‘a brilliant offshore/civil fraud set‘, Twenty Essex has grown its offshore offering in recent years, with Andrew Ayres KC the latest addition with a notable practice in offshore litigation. 2020 silk Blair Leahy KC continues to advise in the BVI, Caymans and the East Caribbean on commercial disputes, insolvency and company law matters, including acting for the five claimants in $80m dispute Glen Moar Properties Ltd (and 4 others) v (i) Simon McNally (ii) Simon Cooper in the BVI, a claim involving allegations of breach of duty and knowing receipt against former management of a group of BVI and Manx investment companies. Stephen Atherton KC is a further name to note, leading Sarah Tresman in representing GHF Group and its related funds in two sets of large-scale fraud proceedings in the Cayman Islands.

London Bar > Company and partnership

(Partnership - Leading silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Andrew Ayres KCTwenty Essex