Commercial lawyer (solicitor) and accredited mediator with 40 years’ experience in practice.
Specialist in commercial agency, distribution, joint venture and regulatory matters, especially in relation to the UK and EU wine and spirits trades.
Available as a mediator for the following kinds of disputes:
international agency, distribution and joint ventures
compensation and indemnity claims under the Commercial Agency Regulations
commission and other claims under the Commercial Agency Regulations
international sale of goods
commercial contracts and joint ventures
insolvency claims, eg retention of title
company and partnership disputes, especially partner and shareholder exits
business, share and goodwill valuation disputes
Qualified as a solicitor 1978. Set up APP Law, Solicitors in 1994. Handled one of the very first termination compensation claims by a UK wine importer under the Commercial Agents Regulations 1993. Developed a niche specialism in UK and EU wine trade work, and also, latterly, spirit drinks.
Member of the International Wine Lawyers Association (aka the AIDV), and the UK Wine & Spirits Trade Association. Trained and accredited at the London School of Mediation in 2017. Civil Mediation Council registered mediator.
Experience in practice
Andrew has experience of a wide range of contentious and non-contentious commercial work of all the above kinds. mostly acting for business owner-managers. He acted in two recent House of Lords/Supreme Court cases on agency law, both connected with the wine trade:
Lonsdale v Howard & Hallam (HL 2007) – the leading case on the assessment of compensation for commercial agents under the 1993 Regulations. Represented the Winemakers Federation of Australia as intervenor.
Angove v Bailey (UKSC 2016) – now the leading case on when an agency is and isn’t revocable (in which the Supreme Court also clarified the law on constructive trusts). Represented Angove, the eventual winner.
Why choose Andrew for your mediation?
Andrew brings a powerful combination of skills and experience to the role of mediator in commercial cases. He is strong on numbers, accounts and tax issues. This can really make a difference in commercial disputes – e.g. when it is necessary to reality-test a commercial agency compensation claim based on a business valuation. Likewise in cases involving disputed share and business valuations, especially where the existence or value of goodwill is an issue between the shareholders or partners.
Andrew understands that business owner-managers want a straightforward, pragmatic and commercially sensible approach to problem-solving. It also helps if they feel the mediator has been around the block a few times himself, and seen what can happen when the lawyers and the courts get to work.
Andrew is based in the South West of England. He will travel anywhere within reason to conduct mediations.
“Big thanks for your efforts in ensuring finalisation of the deal. Without your skilful handling we would still be going round in circles.”
“Andrew has more of a handle on accounting and tax issues than the average lawyer. Also the ability and willingness to tackle things that seem difficult, novel or unusual with an open mind and really get to the bottom of them.”
“Excellent at keeping things moving proactively.”
“Terrific – knowledgeable, practical, resourceful.”
“Did an excellent job getting to the real essence of the problem and confronting it effectively to bring it to a swift conclusion. We would still be negotiating with the distributor now had Andrew not been involved.”
"Andrew's running of the process was nothing short of exemplary. It is hard to see how a better outcome could have been achieved"