Andrew Pearson > Chambers of Gavin Kealey QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Gavin Kealey QC
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Andrew has developed an impressive and diverse commercial practise.  He has deepest experience in disputes about international trade, shipping, civil fraud, insurance and reinsurance.  Many of his cases concern very substantial sums of money.

He is valued for the practical approach he takes to achieving his clients’ goals.  This always involves developing a long-term strategic plan.  It frequently involves seeking some form of interlocutory relief.  As a result, Andrew has experience of dealing with search orders, domestic and worldwide freezing injunctions, mandatory injunctions, anti-suit injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal orders and applications to dispute jurisdiction.

Andrew’s successes over the last year include a High Court marine insurance claim in which he appeared as sole counsel (McKeever v Northernreef [2019] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 161 ) and in which he ran an aggressive and effective enforcement action (McKeever v Northernreef [2020] 4 WLUK 244), an appeal to the Court of Appeal in a high-value dispute about the shipment of iron ore (Classic v Limbungan [2019] EWCA Civ 1102), and a substantial interlocutory fight in a claim about alleged secret commissions (Besso v Bloody Bay CL-2018-000598).  He has also been instructed to appear in arbitrations under LMAA, HKIAC, ICC and LCIA rules.

He was described by The Lawyer magazine as a “star” for his part in Orb a.r.l. v Ruhan [2015] EWHC 262 (Comm).


French (basic).


COMBAR, Commercial Fraud Lawyers’ Association, LCLCBA, BIICL


2012 – 2013 BPTC, City Law School

2011 – 2012 GDL, BPP Law School

2007 – 2011 BA Classics, Christ Church, Oxford

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Rising stars) Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew Pearson7 King’s Bench WalkAn outstanding specialist insurance and commercial advocate. He is a fearless advocate, creative tactician and strategist. His drafting is particularly good. A star of the future.

7 King’s Bench Walkhas real depth in civil fraud‘ and the ‘barristers are very commercially minded and great team players‘. Clients note that the ‘juniors, in particular, stand out‘ on fraud matters, with several making a strong name for themselves in the market. Insurance-related fraud disputes often feature on the agenda, a notable example being the Brillante Virtuoso case, Suez Fortune and Piraeus Bank v Talbot Underwriting and Others, in which Richard Waller QC and Keir Howie are both involved. At the junior end, Michael Ryan and Michael Holmes are on opposing sides of a significant banking fraud dispute. A ‘fearless advocate, creative tactician and strategist‘, Andrew Pearson is a rising star in chambers.

London Bar > Shipping

(Rising stars) Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew Pearson 7 King’s Bench WalkUnfailingly reliable, industrious, thoughtful, and a very safe pair of hands.

‘A very good set with barristers of a very high standard’, 7 King’s Bench Walk is noted for its work on high-profile shipping matters. A particular highlight of the last year for the set was the 52-day Commercial Court case Brillante Virtuoso (Suez Fortune Investments Ltd & Piraeus Bank AE v Talbot Underwriting Ltd & others), featuring Peter MacDonald Eggers QC, Tim Jenns and Richard Sarll against Jonathan Gaisman QC and Richard Waller QC. In other work, litigation related to the Atlantik Confidence involved Robert Bright QC and David Bailey QC, while Siobán Healy QC and Marcus Mander acted in the long-running OW Bunker litigation. Andrew Pearson is a rising star in the set.