Tony specialises in the fields of insolvency and restructuring, civil fraud, commercial litigation and company law. His work has a strong international element, and he has substantial experience of cross-border issues arising in connection with foreign insolvencies, pre-emptive relief, receiverships and other asset recovery tools.
Tony is ranked in the leading directories for civil fraud, company law, restructuring/insolvency, chancery commercial and offshore work, and was shortlisted for Insolvency/Company Junior Barrister of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2017. He is identified as (one of two) “most highly regarded” junior barristers for Restructuring and Insolvency in both the 2019 and 2020 editions of Who’s Who Legal.
Recent directories describe him as “A brilliant advocate who can ﬁnd a pathway through very complex cases and can steer the judge to his way of thinking” (Chambers UK Bar 2020) and have said “Nothing gets past him: insofar as advocacy is concerned, he anticipates every possible argument and leaves nothing to chance” (The Legal 500 UK Bar 2020).
Tony is admitted to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, British Virgin Islands, and has been admitted to the bar (pro hac vice) in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Tony’s recent cases include:
- Deutsche Bank v Sebastian Holdings Ltd and Alexander Vik: acting for Alexander Vik (led by Duncan Matthews QC) in the English Commercial Court and in the TCI Supreme Court and Court of Appeal in long-running multi-jurisdictional litigation in connection with the attempted enforcement by Deutsche Bank of a US$250 million judgment.
- Tyndaris v VWM Ltd: acting for the claimant (led by Sonia Tolaney QC) in a £20m dispute in the Commercial Court relating to the performance of an artificial intelligence investment fund, which was identified by the Lawyer of one of the Top 20 cases of 2020, and described as “The first major UK case to involve machine learning. It is expected to be a landmark case on how AI systems are used in business and how associated risks are managed”.
- Alfa-Bank v Emmerson and ors: acting for a Russian bank (led by Paul Lowenstein QC) in proceedings in the British Virgin Islands in connection with steps to identify and preserve assets in support of a high-value, international fraud claim.
- Guriev v Gorbachev: acting for the claimant (led by Paul Lowenstein QC) in an action against a former Russian politician in connection with the ownership a major Russian industrial chemicals conglomerate.
- Re Gerald Smith: acting as sole counsel for enforcement receivers appointed under the Criminal Justice Act 1988 in heavy, multi-party, and multi-jurisdictional litigation connected with the enforcement of the largest ever UK confiscation order obtained by the Serious Fraud Office.
- Walsh v Greystone Financial Services Ltd: acting as lead counsel in a three-week trial in the Chancery Division relating to allegations of deceit and breach of duty against a former financial adviser following investments into fraudulent “film partnership schemes”
- Re Deep Black Drilling LLP: acting for officeholders appointed by the Brazilian court in applications for recognition under the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006 in respect of a group of 37 insolvent entities that were involved in infrastructure projects and oil prospecting, and whose former controllers were convicted of acts of embezzlement and bribery of public officials.
Tony is used to working as part of a larger team and has gained experience of both sides of the profession, having previously worked as an employed barrister in the Advocacy Group of Dentons, a major international law firm.