Year of call: 2012
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Anthony’s practice spans a variety of commercial work, including banking, civil fraud, company and insolvency cases.  He has appeared unled in the Court of Appeal and the main Rolls Building courts, in matters ranging from interim injunctions to multi-day trials.  He also works with a variety of leaders in larger cases and has experience of LCIA and ICC arbitrations.  He takes a practical approach to both litigation and advice, and pursues his clients’ interests wherever that leads.

Recent instructions include representing the Grant Thornton defendants (led by Adrian Beltrami QC) in the £1.5 billion conspiracy claim brought by Robert Tchenguiz, one of The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of 2018; and a wide range of unled trials including an eight-day Chancery trial of an unfair-prejudice dispute.

Anthony has undertaken extensive pro bono work and was nominated for the ‘Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year’ award in 2018.

Before coming to the Bar, Anthony spent seven years as a research analyst at Deutsche Bank, specialising in merger arbitrage and equity derivatives.


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Banking and Property

Banking, including retail, commercial and investment banking, particularly mortgages and corporate charges, guarantees, consumer credit, credit-reference agencies, bills of exchange, sale-and-purchase agreements, LMA terms and ISDA Master Agreements; and complex possession claims and co-ownership

  • Sole junior (led by John Jarvis QC) in a dispute about a lender’s failure to advance a loan and the lender’s attempts to change the terms of the loan
  • Sole junior (led by Matthew Hardwick QC) in an ICC arbitration concerning bills of exchange
  • Sole counsel for the lenders in separate four-day and three-day trials of possession claims raising points of consumer-credit law, unfair relationships and the mortgagee’s right to possession
  • Sole counsel in the Crown Court in confiscation proceedings resulting from a mortgage fraud (having acted for two years in the parallel civil proceedings)
  • Drafted a claim for possession against trespassers in a part-residential, part-commercial property after the vendor failed to deliver vacant possession
  • Appeared pro bono in a four-day County Court trial of a claim for a debt under an oral loan agreement (and advised on disposing of parallel bankruptcy proceedings)
  • Acted pro bono over the course of 18 months in defending a party to a co-ownership deed from a claim for possession and sale, and helped to achieve a settlement

Financial Services

Financial-services regulation, particularly misselling of swaps, investments, pensions, mortgages and PPI, and professional conduct

  • Assisted a major bank with the quantum element of the FCA Review, and assisted in the ‘skilled person’ review of another major bank
  • Advised a variety of banks and customers on the merits and quantum of misselling claims

Civil Fraud

Civil fraud, conspiracy, unlawful interference and tracing

  • Part of the counsel team (led by Adrian Beltrami QC) for Grant Thornton UK LLP and two of its partners in the multi-billion-pound conspiracy claims brought by Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz in the Commercial Court, both of which were ultimately withdrawn (in the latter case only at trial)
  • Sole counsel in an international-fraud claim in the Queen’s Bench Division, including drafting a 24-page Defence

General Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

Commercial contracts, particularly sale of goods, factoring and settlements

  • Sole counsel in a three-day Chancery trial of a £6 million claim resulting from the settlement of a fraud dispute
  • Sole counsel in a $2.5 million LCIA arbitration regarding the factoring of international-trade receivables
  • Acted for the buyer of an expensive aquarium in a dispute in the London Mercantile Court

Insolvency

Insolvency, both individual and corporate, particularly statutory demands, applications under the Insolvency Act 1986, and claims involving insolvent companies

  • Appeared pro bono for the debtor in a Chancery appeal against the dismissal of a bankruptcy petition: HMRC v Freitas [2016] EWHC 1433 (Ch), [2016] BPIR 1179
  • Sole junior (led by John Odgers QC) in a Chancery dispute about the ownership of an insolvent company
  • Appeared for the creditor in an application to restrain presentation of a winding-up petition

Company and Partnership

Company and partnership disputes, particularly questions of agreements between the shareholders or partners

  • Sole counsel in a four-day Chancery trial concerning the existence of a partnership
  • Sole counsel in £1.7 million unfair-prejudice proceedings and as co-counsel in related contract and copyright proceedings, resulting in an eight-day trial of liability, at which both sides obtained permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal: Potamianos v Prescott [2018] EWHC 1924 (Ch)
  • Drafted a 24-page Defence in a directors’-duties claim relating to an alleged international investment-fraud

Professional Negligence

Professional negligence by investment managers, auditors, valuers and solicitors

  • Advised investors on a potential negligence claim against an investment manager

Procedural Matters

Important procedural matters, particularly injunctions, summary judgment, third-party debt orders, international enforcement and appeals

  • Resisted an application for an injunction that would have prevented a liquidator executing an order for sale
  • Appeared as sole counsel in a Queen’s Bench appeal against the registration of a foreign judgment: Reeve v Plummer [2014] EWHC 4695 (QB), [2015] ILPr 19

Director in Deutsche Bank’s Equity Derivatives Strategy Group

  • Advised on investments in mergers and other special situations
  • Worked on the valuation of derivatives (including a peer-reviewed article for Risk magazine)
  • Twice voted a top-ranked analyst in Institutional Investor’s All-Europe Research Team surveys
  • Received the internationally recognised ‘Chartered Financial Analyst’ Charter

Education

LLB (Nottingham Trent University) – First Class Honours (2012)

GDL (City University) – Distinction, second in year (2011)

MMath (Trinity College, Cambridge) – Distinction (1999)

MA Mathematics (Trinity College, Cambridge) – First Class Honours (1998)

Scholarships and Awards

Hardwicke Award; Lord Brougham, Lord Mansfield and Levitt Scholarships (Lincoln’s Inn, 2010-12)

Times Law Awards, first prize (2011)

Senior scholarship (Trinity College, Cambridge, 1997)

  • Paget’s Law of Banking (14th ed) – contributor to chapters on Protecting and Disclosing Information, and Lien and Set-Off
  • Banking group companies: which entities are caught by the Special Resolution Regime?  (2015) 30 Journal of International Banking and Financial Law 97
  • Practical steps to avoid claims for misselling financial products, Practical Law, 22 April 2016

COMBAR

Chancery Bar Association (committee member)

LCLCBA

Bar Pro Bono Unit

French, German (reading)