Andrew De Mestre QC > Chambers of George Bompas QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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

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, unfair prejudice petitions and other shareholder disputes. Recent cases include: Deutsche Trustee Co Ltd v Duchess VI CLO BV [2019] EWHC 737; Hosking v Apax Partners LLP [2019] 1 WLR 3347; Re Peak Hotels and Resorts Ltd [2019] 1 WLR 2145 and [2017] EWHC 1511; Playboy Club London v BNL SA [2018] UKSC 43 and [2016] EWCA Civ 457; Singularis Holdings Ltd v Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Plc [2018] 1 WLR 2777; Credit Suisse Asset Management v Titan Europe 2006 – 1 Plc [2016] EWCA 1293; BNY Mellon Corporate Trustee Services Ltd v LBG Capital No.1 Plc [2016] UKSC 29; Re Windermere VII CMBS Plc [2016] EWHC 782; Global Energy Horizons Corp v Gray [2014] EWHC 2925 and [2015] EWHC 2232, 3275.

Career

Called 1998, Middle Temple; contributor to OUP Annotated Companies Acts.

Languages

French.

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association (Committee member; Chair Pro Bono sub-committee); COMBAR.

Education

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

Leisure

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

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

A ‘first-choice chambers’ for commercial Chancery work, 4 Stone Buildings is a ‘go-to’ set for company, insolvency, and financial services disputes, with junior barristers who have ‘very sharp minds’ and are ‘uniformly good’. Andrew de Mestre QC took silk in 2019 strengthening chambers at the senior end. Led by senior clerk David Goddard, the clerking team is described as ‘responsive, helpful, user friendly, and commercially minded’. First junior Jason Doyle and clerks Ben Lashmar and Ryan Tunkel are highly regarded by instructing solicitors. Offices in: London

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew de Mestre QC4 Stone BuildingsCharming, down-to-earth and highly responsive, with first-rate client-care skills.

4 Stone Buildings houses a strong complement of highly experienced banking silks and juniors. The set can often be found on complex mandates, usually with an insolvency or regulatory bent. Notable cases included Singularis Holdings Limited v Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited, in which Robert Miles QC and Andrew de Mestre QC represented the claimant, and Jonathan Crow QC the respondent. Richard Hill QCSharif Shivji and Alastair Tomson also represented the claimaint in Al Khorafi v Bank Sarasin-Alpen before the DIFC.

London Bar > Insolvency

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew de Mestre QC4 Stone BuildingsSuperb at getting into the forensic detail of spreadsheets and models.

4 Stone Buildings‘ members have developed strong practices in insolvency and restructuring work, including representations of the UK government. Jonathan Crow QC recently appeared in PST v OW Bunker; a major case for the shipping industry that raised issues including the application of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 to any contracts which include a retention of title clause and a licence to consume. Tiran Nersessian is also recommended, and has a broad practice of private and government instructions, including acting as sole counsel to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs before the Court of Appeal in Botleigh Grange v HMRCAndrew de Mestre QC took silk in 2019 and recently acted for the liquidators of Hellas Telecommunications. Meanwhile, Sharif Shivji acted for the claimants, the liquidators of various BVI companies, in Stephen Akers v Deutsche Bank AG, winning a €200m settlement for the clients following accusations that Deutsche Bank sold toxic and complex credit derivative instruments.

London Bar > Company and partnership

(Company - 2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew de Mestre4 Stone BuildingsDrafts beautifully and works seriously hard.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew de Mestre QC4 Stone BuildingsHe has an extraordinary ability to marshal the facts of a case combined with an incisive grasp of the law.