Year of call: 2012 (Inner Temple); 2010 (Solicitor of England and Wales); 2004 (Victoria)
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Scott has a broad commercial practice. Prior to joining Chambers, he practised as a solicitor in London and Melbourne.

Main areas of practice:

  • Agency
  • Arbitration and related applications
  • Banking & Finance
  • Civil Fraud
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Interim Relief
  • Jurisdiction and Conflict of Laws
  • Economic Torts

Scott has been recognised as a Leading Junior in banking & finance by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 UK.


“He has a formidable intellect and excellent ability to think strategically.”

Legal 500 UK 2016

“An excellent barrister, whose advocacy is top notch.” “He is super organised and pares down the issues in a case well.”

Chambers & Partners UK 2020

IDBI Bank Ltd v IDH International Drilling Holdco Ltd (formerly Essar Shipping and Logistics Ltd) Queen's Bench Division (Commercial Court) [2020] EWHC 3709 (Comm) 11 Dec 2020. Resisting application for US$160m summary judgment (sole advocate).

Midtown Acquisitions LP v Essar Global Fund Ltd [2018] EWHC 2545 (Comm); [2019] 1 All ER (Comm) 631 recognition and enforcement of a NY judgment at common law, double recovery, Henderson v Henderson abuse of process and the effect of an agreed foreign stay, stay of execution (led by David Wolfson QC).

Midtown Acquisitions LP v Essar Global Fund Ltd & Ors [2017] EWHC 2206 (QB). Resisting attempts to use a Boeing 737-700 aircraft for enforcement purposes. Issues arising in relation to the nature of enforcement regime and scope of the HCEO’s powers (led by John Odgers QC).

TJH and Sons Consultancy Limited v CPP Group Plc [2017] EWCA Civ 46. Sole advocate in an appeal concerning the proper construction of a consultancy agreement against the background of a prior employment relationship. Issues concerning the express incorporation of terms, contractual discretion, and proper use of pre-contractual negotiations.

A client of a regional law firm (Ch). Acted for claimant advancing claims of professional negligence and breach of fiduciary obligations. Parallel criminal proceedings (led by Andrew Sutcliffe QC).

A former senior employee (Comm). Acted in the Commercial Court for a senior employee facing personal and proprietary claims and a freezing order arising out of the alleged dishonest misappropriation of company assets. Circumstances in which a senior employee will owe fiduciary obligations, and common law and equitable tracing through London property (led by Jonathan Nash QC).

Abraaj funds litigation. Proprietary, fiduciary and other claims in the Cayman Islands arising out of the collapse of the Abraaj private equity group (led by David Quest QC).

Rooftops South West Ltd & Ors v Ash Interiors (UK) Ltd & Ors [2018] EWHC 2799 (QB). Claim arising out of the unlawful enforcement of a writ during the making of now-axed television program "Can't Pay? We'll Take it Away!".

Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse International & Ors (Comm Court) for the Republic in claims in excess of US $2bn in the Commercial Court for, inter alia, declarations as to the enforceability of sovereign guarantees and damages for bribery, conspiracy, deceit, dishonest assistance and knowing receipt.

  • [2020] EWHC 1709 (Comm). Commercial Court declined to defer to Swiss arbitrators on jurisdiction. Analysis of the authorities on the case-management of stay applications brought under s.9 of the Arbitration Act 1996. Led by Joe Smouha QC and Nathan Pillow QC, leading Ryan Ferro.
  • [2020] 6 WLUK 465. Application granted to correct the name of the sixth defendant and declaration of valid service following corporate evolutions in the UAE. Led by Nathan Pillow QC, leading Ryan Ferro. 
  • [2020] EWHC 2012 (Comm). Scope of the Swiss-law governed arbitration agreements. The judgment addresses recent case-law concerning the proper approach to the identification of the matters in respect of which proceedings are brought and construes the scope of the alleged arbitration agreements applying Swiss law. In the result the Court dismissed the applications brought under s.9. Led by Nathan Pillow QC, leading Ryan Ferro.
  • Unreported judgment giving declaration that an individual director had been validly served pursuant to s.1140 of the Companies Act 2006. Led by Nathan Pillow QC, leading Ryan Ferro.

Acting as an expert witness on English law in Swiss proceedings in the Zurich Commercial Court regarding issues of contract and partnership law.

A European listed entity v international bank (Comm Court). Proper calculation of the makewhole amount under a margin facility agreement in a takeover context, economic duress (led by John Odgers QC).

AGPL v AIB Group (UK) plc t/a Allied Irish Bank plc Acted for the Bank on two successful  applications in the TCC for security for costs from a property developer.

Prior to transferring to the bar, as a London solicitor notable cases included:

The Blue Sky litigation, which concerned enforcement of aircraft mortgages in connection with US sanctions issues and involving issues of private international law, Iranian law, US law, Dutch law, and Armenian law: [2009] EWHC 3314 (Comm); [2010] EWHC 128 (Comm); [2010] EWHC 631 (Comm); [2011] EWCA Civ 544; [2011] EWCA Civ 771.

Lomas v Firth Rixson [2010] EWHC 3372 (Ch); [2011] 2 BCLC 120. Briggs J’s first instance decision in relation to the proper construction of s.2(a)(iii) of the 1992 ISDA Master Agreement.

Anthracite v LBSF [2011] EWHC 1822 (Ch), concerning the proper construction of bespoke early close-out provisions in two cash settled put options incorporating the 1992 ISDA Master Agreement.

IDBI Bank Ltd v IDH International Drilling Holdco Ltd (formerly Essar Shipping and Logistics Ltd) Queen's Bench Division (Commercial Court) [2020] EWHC 3709 (Comm) 11 Dec 2020. Resisting application for US$160m summary judgment (sole advocate).

The RBS Rights Issue litigation (Ch). Long-running group litigation arising out of the £12 billion Rights Issue in 2008. Acted for one of the institutional lead claimant groups (represented by Stewarts Law) in this claim under s.90 of FSMA that the prospectus was misleading and incomplete. The claim settled in December 2016. Main focus on the extent to which the prospectus accurately depicted the credit market exposures on RBS’s balance sheet (then the world’s largest bank). Particular asset classes included CDOs, monolines, leveraged loans, ABS (led by Andrew Onslow QC and Adam Kramer).

A European listed entity v international bank (Comm Court). Proper calculation of the makewhole amount under a margin facility agreement in a takeover context, economic duress (led by John Odgers QC).

Hodell v Clydesdale Bank plc [2018] EWHC 1009 (QB). Sole advocate for bank resisting claims by a property developer, partnership and two companies for breach of an alleged contract to provide long term finance in context of life and critical illness insurance policies, statutory misrepresentations, and an unfair relationship under the CCA 1974. After a five day High Court trial, the claims were dismissed.

Brogden & Reid v Investec Bank plc [2016] EWCA Civ 1031 (CA); [2017] IRLR 90; Leggatt J at first instance [2014] EWHC 2785 (Comm); [2014] IRLR 924. Dispute concerning the existence of oral agreement and proper calculation of bankers' bonuses including the nature and application of the formula for calculating the profit made by the bank’s structured equity derivatives desk (led by Jonathan Nash QC).

AGPL v AIB Group (UK) plc t/a Allied Irish Bank plc Acted for the Bank on two successful applications in the TCC for security for costs from a property developer.

Application to the UKSC for permission to appeal from Chudley & Ors v Clydesdale Bank Plc (t/a Yorkshire Bank) [2019] EWCA Civ 344; [2020] QB 284 (led by Richard Salter QC and Ian Wilson QC).

BIT Claimant v Romania. Complex facts with the usual issues of law (led by Christopher Harris QC).

Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse International & Ors (Comm Court) for the Republic in claims in excess of US $2bn in the Commercial Court. One aspect of this involved resisting arbitration-related challenges to jurisdiction:

  • [2020] EWHC 1709 (Comm). Commercial Court declined to defer to Swiss arbitrations on the issue of jurisdiction. Analysis of the authorities on the case-management of stay applications brought under s.9 of the Arbitration Act 1996. Led by Joe Smouha QC and Nathan Pillow QC, leading Ryan Ferro.
  • [2020] EWHC 2012 (Comm). Scope of Swiss-law governed arbitration agreements determined following a three-day hearing. The judgment addresses recent case-law concerning the proper approach to the identification of the matters "in respect of" which proceedings are brought and construes the scope of the alleged Swiss-law-governed arbitration agreements applying Swiss law. In the result the Court dismissed the applications brought under s.9. Led by Nathan Pillow QC, leading Ryan Ferro.

Arcelormittal USA LLC v Essar Steel Ltd [2019] EWHC 724 (Comm); [2019] 2 All ER (Comm) 414. Recognition and enforcement of a NYC Award, worldwide freezing order in aid of enforcement, and ancillary orders (led by Daniel Toledano QC).

Advising as to grounds of resisting recognition and enforcement of a NYC Award, including issue estoppels arising out of prior foreign decisions.

Acting for Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank in US$1bn claim relating to undisclosed debts, supply-chain finance and the collapse of NMC Health plc [2020] EWHC 3423 (Comm)

Acted in the Commercial Court for a senior employee facing personal and proprietary claims and a freezing order arising out of the alleged dishonest misappropriation of company assets. Circumstances in which a senior employee will owe fiduciary obligations, and common law and equitable tracing through London property (led by Jonathan Nash QC).

Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse International & Ors (Comm Court) Acted for the Republic in the early stages of claims in excess of US $2bn in the Commercial Court for, inter alia, declarations as to the enforceability of sovereign guarantees and damages for bribery, conspiracy, deceit, dishonest assistance and knowing receipt.

Glenn v Watson (Ch). Acted for the sixth defendant which had a minor role in more wide-ranging and long-running fraud litigation before Nugee J.

Price v Craig (County Court, 2020) Personal claims against the administrator of the corporate recipient of the proceeds of a push payment fraud, including negligence, equitable claims, proprietary rights.

Advising a general trading company in relation to personal and proprietary claims arising out of a mistaken payment made because of a push payment fraud.

“Note: Conclusive Evidence Clauses” PLC (2020).

“Implied obligations of good faith and proper purpose” (2019) 1 Journal of International Banking and Financial Law 9.

Chapter “The Regulation of Bank Lending” Odgers QC (ed.) Paget's Law of Banking (15th Ed., 2018) dealing with unfair relationships, regulation of mortgage lending, key statutory protections, implied terms in lending relationships, and the liability of creditor as third party.

Co-author with A Onslow QC “Trends in Securities Litigation: tools available in the UK” Harbour View Spring 2018.

Chapter on unfair relationships/lender liability/consumer credit in Malek QC and Odgers QC (eds.) Paget's Law of Banking (14th ed., 2014).

Co-author with P Lowenstein QC “Disregard the merits? Interim Injunctions under American Cyanamid Co v Ethicon Ltd” in McDougall and Wilson (eds.) Cases that Changed our Lives Vol 2 (2014).

Contributor, S Tolaney QC (ed.) Key Authorities in Banking Law (2013).

“Remoteness and the Usual Undertaking as to Damages” (2011) 127 Law Quarterly Review 180.

“Freezing orders in the Court of Appeal: what safeguards is the respondent entitled to expect?” (2010) 29 Civil Justice Quarterly 19.

University of Oxford - Bachelor of Civil Law (distinction)

Australian National University – Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (first class honours)

Inner Temple

Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)

Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association

Commercial Litigation Association