Mr Andrew de Mestre KC > Chambers of George Bompas KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of George Bompas KC
4 Stone Buildings
LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3XT
England

Work Department

Commercial litigation and arbitration with particular emphasis on civil fraud and asset recovery; financial services and banking including CMBS and other securitisation disputes; insolvency and company law including proceedings under the Insolvency Act 1986, directors’ duties, unfair prejudice petitions and other shareholder disputes.

Position

Commercial litigation and arbitration with particular emphasis on civil fraud and asset recovery; financial services and banking including CMBS and other securitisation disputes; insolvency and company law including proceedings under the Insolvency Act 1986, directors’ duties, and shareholder disputes.

Recent cases include: Banca Generali v CFE (Suisse) [2022] EWHC 1450; Re Bulb Energy [2021] EWHC 3735; GEHC v Gray [2021] EWCA Civ 123 and [2020] EWCA Civ 1668; Travelport v WEX [2020] EWHC 2670 (Comm); Stanford International Bank Plc v HSBC Bank Plc [2020] EWHC 2232; Deutsche Trustee Co Ltd v Duchess VI CLO BV [2020] EWCA Civ 521; Singularis Holdings Ltd v Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Plc [2019] UKSC 50, [2019] 3 WLR 997; Hosking v Apax Partners LLP [2019] 1 WLR 3347; Re Peak Hotels and Resorts Ltd [2019] 1 WLR 2145; Playboy Club London v BNL SA [2018] UKSC 43; BNY Mellon Corporate Trustee Services Ltd v LBG Capital No.1 Plc [2016] UKSC 29.

Publications: Contributor to OUP’s ‘Annotated Companies Acts’; Butterworths Journal of International Banking & Finance Law.

 

Career

Queen Mother Scholar of Middle Temple. Called March 1998. Joined 4 Stone Buildings in October 1998. QC in 2019

Languages

French.

Memberships

Commercial Bar Association, Chancery Bar Association (Main committee; Chair pro bono sub-committee).

Education

Sherborne School, Sherborne; Magdalene College, Cambridge (MA).

Personal

Educated at Sherborne School, Dorset and Magdalene College, Cambridge (MA).

Leisure

Sports, particularly cricket (including representing the Bar at the Lawyers’ Cricket World Cup).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Andrew De Mestre KC4 Stone Buildings ‘He is highly intelligent and able to distil the points of significance from voluminous papers with astonishing clarity.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 6

Andrew De Mestre KC – 4 Stone Buildings ‘Andrew is the go-to counsel for complex, challenging and evidence-intensive cases. His ability to take in and synthesize mountains of information is legendary. Andrew can be relied on to spot the points that others miss.’ 

4 Stone Buildings is an ‘outstanding Chancery set‘ which is ‘highly reputable for offshore commercial matters’. Clients note that the ‘juniors, in particular, are of a consistently high calibre‘. Richard Hill KC is leading a large team, including fellow member Andrew de Mestre KC, for the claimants in Travelport and Ors v WEX Inc, concerning two joined claims arising out of WEX’s proposed acquisition of eNett and Optal. Another major mandate has been Faulkner v Vollin Investments Limited, in relation to a dispute between 70 shareholders in a projector technology company and its funder, in which Donald Lilly  and, at an earlier stage, Orlando Fraser KC, represented the respondents.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Andrew de Mestre KC – 4 Stone Buildings ‘Andrew is outstanding with high-end investment banking cases; he isn’t fazed by complex numbers or esoteric structures and will grapple with the detail as well as the big picture.’ 

4 Stone Buildings is ‘an excellent set with strength in depth at all levels’. Its members regularly advise on civil and regulatory banking disputes, as well as major insolvency-related cases. Notable matters include Stanford International Bank (SIB) v HSBC in which Andrew de Mestre KC is representing the liquidators of the Ponzi scheme ran by Allen Stanford in a case (set for trial in 2023) concerning allegations that HSBC breached its Quincecare duties to SIB. In Syndicate Bank v Dansingani John Brisby KC and Alastair Tomson   acted on a long-running litigation on behalf of the UK branch of an Indian bank which went to the Court of Appeal in 2021.

London Bar > Company

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Andrew de Mestre KC4 Stone Buildings ‘The man’s a legend. Strong attention to detail and genuine care with clients.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Andrew de Mestre KC – 4 Stone Buildings ‘Andrew is a pleasure to work with – responsive and commercial with a good grasp of complex issues in the case and the needs of the client.’