Practice

Edward practises in all areas of Chambers’ work, with a particular emphasis on commercial and company litigation and arbitration.

Edward’s work frequently involves an international element and he has experience of litigation on and off-shore.

Before coming to the Bar, Edward read for a degree in law at St John’s College, Cambridge and for the BCL, a masters in law, at Christ Church, Oxford. He won a range of scholarships and prizes for his performance during that time. After completing his degrees, Edward taught contract law part time at St John’s College, Cambridge, and spent a year in the commercial legal department of a major law firm, gaining experience of non-contentious advisory work and drafting. During pupillage, Edward gained experience of all areas of work undertaken in Chambers.

Practice areas

Commercial dispute resolution

Edward advises and acts in a range of different types of commercial disputes. He has been involved in high value disputes both in the English courts and in foreign jurisdictions.

Edward has experience as a trial advocate without a leader, but he is also frequently instructed as part of a larger team.

The following are brief summaries of some of the commercial cases in which Edward has recently been involved.

  • Re Viking River Cruises Limited – a $1 billion claim seeking relief for minority shareholders of a Bermudian company under §193 (compulsory share purchase) and §111 (oppression) of the Bermudian Companies Act 1981, and breach of share option agreements (assisting John Brisby QC and Donald Lilly).
  • Sportsdirect.com Retail v (1) Sigubjornsson (2) Guru Invest SA – representing Sports Direct in a dispute regarding its Icelandic franchise operation (assisting Richard Hill QC).
  • Rangers Football Club v SDI Retail Services Limited – representing Sports Direct in its well publicised dispute with Rangers (assisting Richard Hill QC).
  • Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Limited v Trety SA – representing Nissan in relation to a €13 million claim against a supplier (sole counsel).
  • Robert Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton et al – assistance in the defence of c.£2 billion claim by the Tchenguiz brothers arising out of the collapse of one of the major Icelandic banks.
  • Philip Mould Limited v Nicholas Bagshawe – claim for rescission for misrepresentation of the sale of a piece of valuable artwork (assisting Paul Greenwood).
  • LB Europe Limited v (1) Cartobol (2) Ginjaume – a dispute concerning the termination of an international supply agreement (sole counsel).
  • Islamic Investment Company of the Gulf (Bahamas) Limited v Symphony Gems & ors – a case concerning the attempts of judgment creditors to commit a judgment debtor to prison for contempt of court through CPR Part 71 proceedings (assisting Alastair Tomson).
  • Advice and representation at an arbitration concerning a dispute over the terms of a loan agreement (sole counsel).
  • Advice and representation at a mediation to determine an angel investor’s shareholding in an internet start up (sole counsel).
Company law

Edward has experience of company litigation across a range of issues and subjects, and frequently lectures on aspects of Company law.

The following are brief summaries of some of the company law cases in which Edward has recently been involved.

  • Re Viking River Cruises Limited – a claim seeking relief for minority shareholders of a Bermudian company under §193 (compulsory share purchase) and §111 (oppression) of the Bermudian Companies Act 1981, and breach of share option agreements (assisting John Brisby QC and Donald Lilly).
  • Sportsdirect.com Retail v (1) Sigubjornsson (2) Guru Invest SA – representing Sports Direct in a dispute regarding its Icelandic franchise operation (assisting Richard Hill QC).
  • Rangers Football Club v SDI Retail – representing Sports Direct in its well publicised dispute with Rangers (assisting Richard Hill QC)
  • Advice and representation at a mediation to determine an angel investor’s shareholding in an internet start up (sole counsel).
  • Advice and representation in a shareholders dispute which fought in the Chancery Division (sole counsel).
  • Advice to the executors of a substantial estate concerning its administration through a British Virgin Islands holding company (assisting George Bompas QC).
Offshore litigation

Edward accepts instructions in relation to offshore litigation in all areas of his practice. Edward’s work frequently involves an international element and he has experience of offshore litigation.

Edward’s recent offshore experience includes:

  • Re Viking River Cruises Limited – a claim seeking relief for minority shareholders of a Bermudian company under §193 (compulsory share purchase) and §111 (oppression) of the Bermudian Companies Act 1981, and breach of share option agreements (assisting John Brisby QC and Donald Lilly).
Banking & finance

Edward has experience of a range of disputes concerning issues of banking and finance, including:

  • Advice as sole counsel concerning the mis-selling of various financial products.
  • A claim by a high-net worth individual against the foreign exchange trading services provided to her by the private banking department of a major bank operating in Monaco (assisting Sharif Shivji).
Financial services

Edward has significant financial services experience. He has spent time seconded to the FCA, which gave him considerable insight into the regulation of financial services, and particularly the regulation of the growing peer-to-peer lending industry. During pupillage, Edward was also involved in a number of enforcement actions brought by the FCA.

Fraud – civil

Edward has advised in relation to a number of disputes which have involved elements of fraud. His experience includes:

  • Village Heating Limited v Chris Goldie – application for a freezing injunction (sole counsel).
  • Playboy Club London Ltd v Banca Nazionale Del Lavoro SPA [2014] EWHC 2613 – a dispute which arose in the context of the defrauding of the Playboy Club in London by a fraudster using a number of forged cheques (assisting Andrew de Mestre).

 

Insolvency & restructuring

Edward regularly appears in the Companies Court in relation to corporate insolvency matters. He has experience of validation orders, winding-up petitions, and various aspects of the proof of debt procedures. His other experience includes:

  • Advice as sole counsel to liquidators as to the prospects of claims against former directors regarding various antecedent transactions.
  • A claim for around £80 million by joint liquidators of a company against a major energy provider in the context of warranty schemes issued to consumers for various white goods (assisting Paul Greenwood).
  • Enta Technologies Ltd v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2014] EWHC 548 (Ch) – drafting of grounds of appeal against this judgment of the Companies Court concerning the relationship between the Companies Court and the First-tier Tribunal (Tax) in the context of a winding up petition (assisting Sarah Harman).

 

Additional info

Career & appointments

Edward is a member of the Commercial Bar Association and the Chancery Bar Association.

Publications

Contributor to “Mithani: Directors’ Disqualification”.

Edward is co-author (with Andrew Rose) of a series of Practice Notes on jurisdictional issues published by LexisPSL.

Education & Awards

MA – St John’s College, Cambridge
BCL – Christ Church, Oxford
Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship – Lincoln’s Inn
Lord Denning Scholarship – Lincoln’s Inn
Rebecca Flower Squire Scholarship – University of Cambridge (for first class performance)
James William Squire Scholarship – University of Cambridge (for first class performance)
Prior Scholarship – St John’s College, Cambridge (for first class performance)
Wright Prize – St John’s College, Cambridge (for a first ranking in the top third of firsts awarded by the University, and for ranking 7th in the University)
E.C.S. Wade Prize – University of Cambridge (for the highest mark in the year in Administrative Law)
A.J. Iacovides Prize – St John’s College, Cambridge (for the highest mark in the year in International Law)