Andrew Sutcliffe KC > Chambers of Ewan McQuater KC and Adrian Beltrami KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Ewan McQuater KC and Adrian Beltrami KC
3 Verulam Buildings
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Principal areas of practice are commercial and business law (including banking, financial services and commercial fraud), intellectual property (copyright, breach of confidence, music, film and television disputes generally), professional negligence, company law/insolvency, conflict of laws and information technology. Major cases include Spice Girls v Aprilia; Hadley v Kemp (Spandau Ballet case); Brighton v Jones (Stones in his Pockets case); Taylor v Rive Droite Music; Saab v Saudi American Bank/JDRP; Precis v Mercer; Oyston v Royal Bank of Scotland; Appleyard v Cheltenham & Gloucester BS; Bank of Scotland v Singh.


Called 1983; Recorder 2000; QC 2001; deputy High Court judge NE Circuit 2004; acts as arbitrator and mediator (CEDR-accredited) in commercial and IP matters.






Winchester College, Worcester College, Oxford (MA); president Oxford Union 1981.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Andrew Sutcliffe KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘A first class barrister and a superb advocate with an excellent court room manner.’

A great choice for work on the cross-over of insolvency and financial services‘, 3 Verulam Buildings is an experienced set for various matters with a party in insolvency. In TMO Renewables Ltd v Yeo & others, commercial disputes specialist Andrew Sutcliffe KC acted for the liquidators of the company in a £25m claim against its former directors, who include Major-era government minister Tim Yeo,  for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty. Offshore insolvencies continued to be a key part of Matthew Hardwick KC, acting in the BVI and other jurisdictions. On the junior side, Philip Hinks has continued to act as sole counsel in a number of matters, including a high value breach of fiduciary duty claim brought by liquidators against the directors of The Video Duplicating Company, one the UK’s biggest manufacturers of CDs and DVDs.

London Bar > Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Andrew Sutcliffe KC3 Verulam BuildingsAndrew is an outstanding advocate and adviser. He brings his immense commercial litigation experience to POCA cases, which is particularly valuable for complex financial and asset tracing matters.

Recognized as an ‘impressive set and a go-to set for proceeds of crime and asset recovery‘, the barristers at 3 Verulam Buildings have expertise in civil recovery procedures, with further emphasis on representing government agencies. Andrew Sutcliffe KC, who is considered an ‘outstanding advocate and adviser‘, led Anne Jeavons in NCA v Nuttall, proceedings focused on the civil recovery of assets stemming from a money laundering operation. Sutcliffe also led Jeavon in Crown Prosecution Service v Aquila Advisory Ltd, a case covering the CPS’ prevention to obtain confiscation proceedings for proceeds of crime directors have received in breach of fiduciary duties. In addition, Tom Rainsbury was instructed by the Director of Public Prosecutions to apply a property freezing order in relation to a bundle of assets, which included cryptoassets, believed to have been obtained through an extensive fraud scheme.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Andrew Sutcliffe KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘Utterly reliable; calm; unflappable; huge attention to detail.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Andrew Sutcliffe KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘A supremely gifted advocate and adviser, Andrew combines vast experience of litigating complex civil fraud matters with an incisive intellect. He has an charming court room manner, always holding the court’s attention and, as a deputy high court judge, he knows how to pitch a case perfectly.’

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Andrew Sutcliffe KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘Absolutely on top of his subject. Calm, measured and authoritative.’

London Bar > Media and entertainment

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Andrew Sutcliffe KC3 Verulam BuildingsOne of the top silks in his field.