Andrew Kinnison
Senior Associate
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akinnison@prettys.co.uk

Legal 500 entries have previously described Andrew as a “well respected” litigator, who is “thorough and imaginative” and who “provides invaluable assistance” in working with others in the 1st tier for Commercial Litigation.
Andrew has been described as “an excellent choice”, who “simplifies the legal language” and “does an excellent job in preparing cases”. He has “a firm grasp of insolvency issues”, and has been described as “efficient, capable, sociable and enthusiastic”.

Work Synopsis

Andrew joined Prettys in March 2019. He has a degree in law from Birmingham University.
Andrew originally qualified as a barrister in 1988. He then qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales, and also in Hong Kong, in 1993.
Andrew is now admitted and practises as a Solicitor Advocate, with full rights of audience as a solicitor, in all higher courts (both civil and criminal). He is, perhaps, unique amongst solicitors in the region in that he also has a Diploma in Insolvency from the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (2004, with Distinction).
Immediately before joining Prettys, Andrew was a member of Enterprise Chambers, from which he worked as a barrister at the Chancery Bar in London.
Before that, Andrew worked for more than 15 years as a commercial litigation partner with Holman Fenwick & Willan, an international City law firm, based in Hong Kong, and, for around 8 years, as a partner with Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds.

Personal Synopsis

Andrew is particularly interested in Polar History of the Heroic Age.
When they ask “are you for Scott or for Shackleton”, he would say Shackleton. Shackleton’s ship was lost to the ice in the Antarctic, but he still got all of his crew home alive.
But they ask the wrong question. Andrew agrees with Sir Raymond Priestley: “For scientific discovery give me Scott; for speed and efficiency of travel give me Amundsen; but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton”.
Andrew likes the Jack Reacher books by Lee Child: but dislikes Tom Cruise playing Reacher in the films. Cruise is way too short.

Recent Work

  • Dealt with all types of civil disputes. He has enjoyed a broad range of work over the years, managing a range of commercial disputes and arbitrations.
  • Dealt with issues as diverse as an abandoned donkey, horse safety issues and waste management sites
  • He was part of a team acting on behalf of Danish government interests in an 18 month fraudulent trading trial against former directors of an insolvent company in Hong Kong (that then went to appeal).
  • Acted in a number of claims by liquidators and creditors against companies and their directors; and, on occasion, on behalf of directors defending such claims
  • Acted in relation to claims by and against the vendors of companies under share sale and purchase agreements, including earn out disputes
  • Secured payment to a client that was owed a substantial sum of money by a London Council under the terms of a construction contract
  • Secured the termination of a lease agreement between a car leasing company and a corporate lessee, in relation to a luxury vehicle.
  • Appeared as Counsel in Snarecroft Ltd v Quantum Securities Ltd [2018] EWHC 2071 (Ch) – arguing against Mark Warwick, QC, as to the interpretation of a covenant in a lease, as to whether use for “residential purposes” allowed use as an hotel
  • Appeared as Counsel in Jackson v Feeney [2018] EWHC 1490 (Ch) – arguing against Paul Sinclair QC, and securing the suspension of an “unless” order, to give a company time to make an application objecting to the disclosure of certain documents, without facing immediate sanctions from the court
  • Appeared as Counsel inRe Balendran [2017] EWHC 2672 (Ch) – a case in which Andrew obtained a civil restraint order against the applicant, to prevent her from making repeated applications that were without merit
  • Appeared as Counsel in Re Japanese Koi Co Ltd [2016] 7 WLUK 278 – a company director and a creditor could not agree on the choice of administrator. Andrew therefore suggested that independent administrators should be appointed by the court. After some argument, Snowden J made an order to that effect, with a cap on costs that could be treated as an expense of the liquidation

Expertise

  • Commercial disputes / litigation
  • Contract disputes, including shareholder disputes
  • Company law
  • Insolvency
  • Property disputes
  • Professional Negligence
  • Cross-border disputes
  • Alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, expert determination, adjudication and arbitration