Practice

Josh joined Chambers in October 2021 after the successful completion of his pupillage under the supervision of Gregory Denton-Cox, Tiran Nersessian, Tom Gentleman, and Donald Lilly. He is building a broad commercial chancery practice across the full spectrum of work done by Chambers.

As a pupil, Josh gained experience of a wide range of work within Chambers’ specialisms. Particularly notable matters included:

Commercial dispute resolution: Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse and ors. A claim alleging bribery and unlawful means conspiracy arising out of a sovereign financing transaction. As a pupil, Josh assisted Tom Gentleman (led by Andrew Hunter QC and Sharif Shivji QC).

Company law: Financial Technology Ventures II (Q) LP & Others v ETFS Capital Limited [2021] JCA 176. The appeal of a first instance finding of unfair prejudice, and the consequential awarding of a share buyout, in the Royal Court of Jersey. As a pupil, Josh assisted Gregory Denton-Cox, led by Michael Todd QC, in preparing for the hearing of the appeal and the cross-appeal in the Jersey Court of Appeal.

Insolvency & restructuring: Darty Holdings SAS v Carton-Kelly [2021] EWHC 1018 (Ch). An application to strike out a preference claim on the basis that the payment which constituted the preference post-dated the transaction which severed the connection between the parties. As a pupil, Josh assisted Tiran Nersessian (led by Andreas Gledhill QC) in drafting the skeleton argument and preparing for the hearing.

Before coming to the Bar, Josh read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Magdalen College, Oxford, and undertook two summer internships at JP Morgan in UK Mergers & Acquisitions and FX Trading respectively. Josh retains a particular interest in finance, especially in its digital frontiers. He recently advised an NFT (non-fungible token) project on the drafting of its whitepaper.

Practice areas

Commercial dispute resolution
  • Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse and ors A claim alleging bribery and unlawful means conspiracy arising out of a sovereign financing transaction. As a pupil, Josh assisted Tom Gentleman (led by Andrew Hunter QC and Sharif Shivji QC)
  • Advising a company on the prospects in relation to an alleged conspiracy to divert its business (as a pupil, assisting Tom Gentleman)
  • Drafting a defence for two companies to a claim alleging non-payment of a debt (as a pupil, assisting Andrew de Mestre QC)
Company law
  • Financial Technology Ventures II (Q) LP & Others v ETFS Capital Limited [2021] JCA 176  The appeal of a first instance finding of unfair prejudice, and the consequential awarding of a share buyout, in the Royal Court of Jersey. As a pupil, Josh assisted Gregory Denton-Cox, led by Michael Todd QC, in preparing for the hearing of the appeal and the cross-appeal in the Jersey Court of Appeal
  • Advising a company on whether the claims of a debtor were barred by the terms of its company voluntary arrangement (as a pupil, assisting Tom Gentleman)
  • Advising a company shareholder on defending an unfair prejudice petition arising from alleged misappropriation of business (as a pupil, assisting Tom Gentleman)
  • Advising a company on whether it had validly removed a director under s. 168 of the Companies Act 2006 (as a pupil, assisting Tom Gentleman)
Fraud – civil
  • Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse and ors A claim alleging bribery and unlawful means conspiracy arising out of a sovereign financing transaction. As a pupil, Josh assisted Tom Gentleman (led by Andrew Hunter QC and Sharif Shivji QC)
  • Drafting a Points of Claim in an asset tracing claim under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (as a pupil, assisting Tiran Nersessian)
Insolvency & restructuring
  • Darty Holdings SAS v Carton-Kelly [2021] EWHC 1018 (Ch) An application to strike out a preference claim on the basis that the payment which constituted the preference post-dated the transaction which severed the connection between the parties. As a pupil, Josh assisted Tiran Nersessian (led by Andreas Gledhill QC) in drafting the skeleton argument and preparing for the hearing
  • Re Brooklands Trustees Limited [2020] EWHC 3519 (Ch) A trial of disqualification proceedings brought against two directors of a company providing self-invested personal pension schemes. As a pupil, Josh assisted Tiran Nersessian in drafting the skeleton argument and preparing for the trial
  • Re Bell Pottinger Private Ltd [2021] EWHC 672 (Ch) Advising as to whether members of a limited liability partnership could be subject to disqualification proceedings under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 (as a pupil, assisting Tiran Nersessian)
  • Drafting a response to the reply to cost submissions made to an arbitral tribunal, arguing that they fell as provable debts under the Insolvency Rules 2016 (as a pupil, assisting Donald Lilly)
  • Advising a company on whether the claims of a debtor were barred by the terms of its company voluntary arrangement (as a pupil, assisting Tom Gentleman)
Offshore litigation
  • Advising on the ability of a Bermudian entity to escape a series of contracts (as a pupil, assisting Donald Lilly)
  • Advising on the prospective status of a surviving debt to a partial credit bid under the Bermudian insolvency regime (as a pupil, assisting Donald Lilly)
  • Advising on the possibilities available to a trustee to advance funds within a Nevis-domiciled international purpose trust (as a pupil, assisting Donald Lilly)
  • Assisting Donald Lilly, as a pupil, with proceedings in Gibraltar and the UK relating to the insolvent estate of the late Boris Berezovsky

Additional info

Education & awards

Education

2020: BPTC, BPP Law School (Very Competent)

2019: GDL, City Law School (Distinction)

2017: BA, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Magdalen College, Oxford (First Class)

Scholarships and Prizes

2019: One Chancery Lane Prize for Tort Law, City Law School

2019: Cassel Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn

2019: Advocacy Scholarship, BPP Law School

2018: Haldane Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn

2016: Exhibition, Magdalen College, Oxford

Mooting

2020: Winner, National BPP Moot

2020: Runner-up, Lincoln’s Inn Inter-Provider Moot

Languages

Spanish (non-native fluent; DELE C1 certified)