Commercial litigation and arbitration, with wide experience of civil fraud, aviation, banking, financial services, mining and energy-related disputes.
Regularly appears before the High Court, Court of Appeal and arbitration tribunals both with and without a leader.
A Russian speaker, he has appeared in many of the most significant recent cases to emerge from Russia and the CIS such as Yukos Finance v Lynch, Naftogaz v Gazprom, Bank St Petersburg v Arkhangelsky, Mezhprombank v Pugachev, Berezovsky v Abramovich, BTA Bank v Ablyazov, and numerous confidential and LCIA, ICC and SCC arbitrations. These are often heavy, multi-jurisdictional disputes involving extensive factual and expert evidence and issues of foreign law.
His aviation practice includes leasing, financing, insurance, slot regulation, injunctions and passenger claims. He also sits as an arbitrator, and is a member of the Lists of Arbitrators of the Russian Arbitration Center, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, and the Asian International Arbitration Center in Kuala Lumpur.
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Russian and CIS Arbitration Network; COMBAR
Lessons from Huawei v ZTE (Italian Antitrust Review, 2017); Liability for property fraud (Journal of Professional Negligence, 2017); Liability for negligent investment advice following extraordinary market turmoil (Journal of Professional Negligence, 2013); Advantages and disadvantages of arbitration CIS disputes in Western Europe (Transnational Dispute Management, 2012); Regulation EC 261/2004 and ‘extraordinary circumstances’ Air and Space Law, 2009).
King’s College, Cambridge (BA Modern and Medieval Languages, first class with distinction, first in university; choral scholar).