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

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Andrew has a broad and busy practice. He advises and appears in a range of high-value financial and commercial disputes, often with an international dimension.

He acted for the “Guaidó Board” of the Central Bank of Venezuela in its high-profile battle with the Maduro regime for control of billions of dollars’ worth of assets in London, appeared in expedited hearings in the Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

A large proportion of his other work in recent years has involved major fraud litigation and asset recovery exercises. He also has particular experience in capital markets and investment banking disputes, derivatives and structured products.

Andrew has experience of contractual disputes across a wide range of industry sectors. These include construction and offshore drilling arbitrations, telecommunications, mining, and motor racing. He appeared as sole counsel in a leading Court of Appeal decision on Norwich Pharmacal relief.

Before joining Twenty Essex, Andrew worked as an in-house advocate in several major law firms, most recently in the London office of US litigation specialists Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.

Andrew was admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2003 and to the Bar of the East Caribbean Supreme Court, British Virgin Islands in 2015.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Energy

(2021 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew Fulton KCTwenty Essex ‘With his insight and the clarity of his advice on the trickiest of issues, he is exceptionally hardworking and a great team leader.’

Twenty Essex is ‘a go-to set for substantial commercial disputes, particularly with an international angle’ and it provides ‘excellent silks and juniors who are very accessible and approachable’. One client remarks that ‘it has become the best set as a whole for shipping and commodities disputes’, which brings its members firmly into the energy arena. Duncan Matthews KC is a leading trial advocate with a broad practice in international and domestic commercial dispute resolution, and Michael Ashcroft KC frequently handles cases concerning contracts for the exploitation of resources, construction, transportation, sales and insurance. Ashcroft acted for BP Oil International in a case concerning the return of advance payments for shipments of crude oil. Andrew Fulton KC handled a US$16m Commercial Court dispute arising out of insolvent collapse of Singapore oil trader. Junior Malcolm Jarvis has significant expertise in complex high stakes arbitration and litigation on the broad span of upstream, midstream and downstream disputes. The clerks, led by Anthony Carroll, provide ‘an excellent support service at all levels and are very helpful and fair in negotiations on fees and briefs’.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(2021 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew Fulton KCTwenty Essex ‘Exceptionally practical and effective, lovely calm demeanour even while pulling out all the stops.’

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(2021 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew Fulton KCTwenty Essex ‘Andrew is absolutely first rate. The clarity of his advice, and his ability to bring clarity and calmness to difficult legal issues are unparalleled. A formidable team leader.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(2021 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew Fulton KCTwenty Essex ‘Andrew is spectacularly brilliant. He is both considered and dynamic – immaculate written work and a fearsome advocate. On his feet he is brutally forensic and commands the court’s respect and attention.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(2021 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew Fulton KCTwenty Essex ‘Andrew is an absolute class act. He is devastatingly effective both in terms of his strategy and command of the court when on his feet.’