Andrew is a solicitor advocate giving him rights of audience to appear in the Supreme Courts. He has over a decade's experience in financial sector disputes and insolvency at all levels of the court system in Scotland. He has been involved in some of the most high profile banking disputes of the last few years.
His clients appreciate his proactive and commercial approach to resolving disputes, and his attention to detail.
Recent cases dealt with by Andrew include:
- Carew-Reid v Lloyds Banking Group (2013 G.W.D. 4-113) – acted for a bank in an action against it for damages arising from alleged breach of contract. The action was dismissed due to similar claims having been disposed of in England involving the same party.
- Royal Bank of Scotland v McConnell (2012 SLT (Sh Ct) 58) – acted for a lender in an action for possession, where the issue raised in defence was the meaning of 'default' in the context of the pre-action requirements. Case led to widespread changes in procedure to ensure compliance.
- Royal Bank of Scotland v Hill (2012 G.W.D. 23-459) – acted for a bank in an action seeking to reduce a statutory demand served on it by a customer, which had expired.
- Stephen v Stephen (2011, Peterhead Sheriff Court, Unreported) – acted for a trustee in sequestration in a case where the trustee sought to enter a divorce action raised by the debtor in order to safeguard the debtor's assets, and in particular the family home.
- Accountant in Bankruptcy v Clough (2010 G.W.D. 35-714) – acted for a trustee in sequestration in a defended action for division and sale of a family home.
Andrew has been a partner in Shoosmiths' recoveries services group since June 2013, having joined the firm from Edinburgh's Anderson Strathern LLP, where he managed its banking recoveries team. Prior to that, Andrew was a researcher at the Scottish Law Commission, with a focus on the law on enforcement of decrees.