Andrew Charman
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Professional Liability Profile

Andrew acts in substantial professional liability claims involving solicitors, accountants and auditors, tax advisers, surveyors and valuers, stock brokers, IFAs, investment managers, architects and civil engineers. He predominantly acts for claimants and his past clients include divisions of General Electric Inc., several national house builders, all of the main lending banks, several building societies and numerous companies, partnerships and individuals.

Andrew’s previous experience as a corporate solicitor at Freshfields in London informs his understanding of complex transactions and financial information. As a former transactional solicitor, he has particular understanding of claims against solicitors arising from commercial transactions and against accountants and tax advisers relating to negligent audits and tax planning. His financial services experience and knowledge of financial regulation from the FCA (and before that the FSA) as well as the Stock Exchange and City Code have led to his involvement in numerous claims against IFAs and stock brokers.

Andrew co-authors a leading practitioner book published by Bloomsbury Professional on claims by shareholders covering unfair prejudice, derivative actions, directors’ duties and other personal claims which may be brought by shareholders: Shareholder Actions.  The first edition was published in January 2013 and the second edition was published in December 2017.

Andrew also writes academic and practitioner works for publication in the areas of his practice including for example in the field of financial law, contract and company law  Misrepresentation and bond issues: liability on the secondary market  in the Butterworths Journal of International Banking & Financial Law (2011, 26(1), 17-19); and in the field of trusts and estates Jones v Firkin-Flood: trustees - how to sell a business and distribute the proceeds in Private Client Business (2010, 3, 181-188). 

  • What-the-Directories-Say

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      • "His knowledge of company law is exceptional. He is very good in court.", "He is able to cut through all of the noise in order to get down to the key issues in a dispute. He will always provide sensible advice upon which you can rely.", "One of the cleverest men at the Bar, but he is also one of the nicest and most down-to-earth people you'll ever meet. He is dedicated and very consistent.", "He is a very good operator and good on paper. He has a lot of experience and is operating on a high level.", "He's very supportive, turns work around very quickly and shows tremendous commitment. He's always available and provides very pragmatic advice." and"He's a real team player and is very commercial.” - Chambers UK 2019
      • “Very bright and comfortable opposite silks.” - Legal 500
      • "If you involve him in a case, it's like strapping on some battery-charged extra brain. He's very calm, unflappable really, and he's got a vast knowledge of company law." "Formidable knowledge in shareholder matters and company law. He's very diligent and reliable. He works to deadlines and honours them. He's also a realistic and straightforward advocate."
      • "A real team player and very commercial." "He is simply superb. He is a very assured advocate, practical, empathetic, great with clients, pragmatic and commercial."
      • "He's excellent with clients, friendly, affable and reasonable from the outset." "Extremely authoritative, collaborative and more than capable of taking on and beating silks." - Chambers UK 2018
      • “A highly rated commercial chancery specialist who is able to draw upon his previous experience as a corporate solicitor at a magic circle law firm.   A noted junior whose instructions cover general commercial disputes as well as professional negligence and company and trusts disputes. He is widely praised for his user-friendly approach, which many sources attribute to his prior career as a solicitor at a magic circle law firm.” - Chambers UK 2016
      • Expertise: "His advice is very practical and very pragmatic, and he is always accessible, which is essential on fast-moving work." "He is good at working in a team, and is a very astute and knowledgeable counsel." "He really is a heavyweight; he can cut through the murky facts and provide clearly thought-out solutions." - Chambers UK 2015
      • Chambers & Partners 2014 states that Andrew, "continues to be noted as a highly experienced senior junior, and often handles cases unled in the chancery division and in the appellate courts."
      • Previous editions described Andrew as “very clever” and stated “Market observers rave about Andrew Charman's knack for relating to clients. Formerly a solicitor in the City, Charman's sophisticated grasp of complex corporate issues – in particular, his "superb" handling of cases involving hefty transactional work – wins him a level of praise extending well beyond the Midlands Circuit” and stated: “Andrew Charman, who as a former solicitor is prized for his ability to see matters from different angles.  An "approachable and strong advocate," he is something of an all-rounder, although he has a bias towards insolvency, professional negligence and general commercial matters” and “Andrew Charman is applauded as "an authoritative presence in court" who "always inspires confidence." Sources say he combines great client relationships with the valuable insight he gained from being a former transactional solicitor.
      • Andrew is also recommended by Legal 500 for Chancery, Commercial, Insolvency and Banking work.

  • Recent-Experience

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      • Advising and representing a national house builder in a claim against a national firm of solicitors in connection with the negligent drafting of an option notice
      • Acting for a specialist lender in a multi-million pound surveyor's negligence claim relating to the development of a hotel and complex of beach-side apartments in Salcombe (settled at mediation)
      • Acting for a specialist lender in a multi-million pound surveyor's negligence claim relating to a large development site (settled following mediation)
      • Representing an individual in a claim against an international firm of accountants for negligent tax advice based on overseas residence and utilisation of double tax treaties (settled at mediation shortly before trial)
      • Represented General Electric in a £15 million solicitors' negligence claim (settled)
      • Representing a private lender in a £2 million solicitors’ negligence and breach of trust claim
      • Representing a businessman in a £750,000 claim for negligent investment advice
      • Advising and representing a commodities broker in a claim for auditor’s negligence
      • Advising and representing a haulage group in a claim for negligent tax advice
      • Advising and representing individuals in claims for negligent tax and investment advice relating to investment in film partnerships
      • Representing a widow in a multi-million pound claim against solicitors for negligent drafting of will trusts (settled at mediation shortly before trial)
      • Representing an auto components company in a multi-million pound claim for negligent auditing and accountancy advice

  • Reported-Cases

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      • Accident Assistance Ltd v Hammond Suddards Edge [2005] EWHC (Ch) 202, [2005] PNLR 29 (Hart J.)
      • Represented a subsidiary of General Electric in a multi-million pound solicitors' negligence action.

  • Specialist-Areas

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  • Qualifications-and-Appointments

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      • M.A. (Cantab)
      • Formerly a Solicitor in the Corporate Department at Freshfields in London
      • ADR Group Accredited Mediator
      • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
      • Member of the Chancery Bar Association
      • Member of the Midlands Chancery & Commercial Bar Association

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