Jeremy specialises in commercial and modern chancery law. He is described in Chambers and Partners as a “superb advocate” whose “expertise in chancery, commercial and banking matters is a useful complement to his insolvency skills”. He has been ranked as 'Leading Junior' for Commercial Litigation and Insolvency in The Legal 500 2020.
Jeremy’s practice spans a broad range of commercial chancery and insolvency matters. It encompasses company law (including directors misfeasance), shareholder and joint venture disputes, banking law, sale of goods (both international and domestic), fraud (with an emphasis on asset recovery) and all aspects of general commercial law. He also has a specialisation in cross-border insolvency issues particularly in relation to the shipping, commodities, insurance and aviation sectors. Jeremy has advised and / or appeared for key parties in OW Bunker, Hanjin Shipping, STX Pan Ocean, Alpha Insurance and Arik Airlines. He regularly appears in the Chancery Division as well as in the Commercial and Circuit Commercial Courts. Jeremy often works in conjunction with Counsel from other jurisdictions and with experts.
Many of his cases involve a cross-over between ‘modern’ chancery and commercial litigation.
Jeremy was admitted to the New York Bar in 1996 and has worked as a New York lawyer for blue chip law firms in Manhattan and then the City.
"He is excellent - tactically astute, client-friendly and knowledgeable."(Legal 500, 2020)
"A very clever and determined opponent."(Legal 500 2019)
"An exceptional junior to work with."(Legal 500 2019)
"...Very good tactically, very realistic and very client-friendly." "He gives excellent commercial, pragmatic advice and has a winning client manner..."(Chambers UK, 2018)
"...He has excellent client skills combined with tactical awareness and a pragmatic approach...."(Legal 500, 2017)
“He is able to articulate complex legal issues into everyday language, and always takes a pragmatic and well-reasoned approach to his work.”
“Good for legally complex disputes where the client faces a real fight.”(Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2017)
"...Great in a crisis and clearly a senior junior in high demand..."(The Legal 500 2016)
"...excellent commercial all-rounder, who is responsive, informal and good with clients" "He's good for legally complex disputes where the client faces a real fight.."(Chambers UK Bar 2016)
"...impressive with clients and really sharp in terms of his work..."(Chambers UK Bar 2015)
"...very quick and responsive; a pleasure to work with..."(The Legal 500 2015)
“...always pragmatic and efficient” and as “having an assured manner...”(Chambers UK Bar 2014)
"...pragmatic and bullish litigator" who delivers "thorough and analytical advice aimed at meeting the client's needs..."(Chambers UK Bar 2012)
Jeremy has a broad commercial and modern chancery practice with substantial experience in shareholder and joint venture disputes, directors misfeasance, derivative proceedings, disputes arising from share and asset purchase agreements, warranty claims and fraud (with an emphasis on asset recovery). Jeremy also has wide experience of all types of applications for interim injunctive relief including Freezing Orders and Search and Seize Orders. Illustrative cases include:
Jeremy has extensive experience in insolvency law. He acts in and advises on a wide variety of cross-border insolvency issues in particular in relation to insolvency / restructuring in Chambers’ core areas of shipping, commodities, insurance and aviation. Jeremy has advised and / or appeared for key parties in OW Bunker, Hanjin Shipping, STX Pan Ocean, Alpha Insurance and Arik Airlines. Jeremy regularly advises and represents clients in the following areas: directors misfeasance; directors disqualification; retention of title clauses; all aspects of cross-border insolvency including recognition and enforcement of overseas insolvency proceedings; sub-freight liens; preferences; transactions at undervalue, phoenix companies and applications under section 423, IA 1986; all aspects of company administrations (including pre-pack administrations); compulsory winding up petitions; applications to rescind winding up orders; validation orders and the sale of assets from insolvency practitioners (and claims arising from such agreements). Jeremy’s insolvency practice frequently crosses over with and complements his commercial litigation practice. Illustrative cases include:
Jeremy has a broad commercial and modern chancery practice with substantial experience in sale of goods (both international and domestic), guarantee and indemnity disputes, shareholder and joint venture disputes, directors misfeasance, and fraud (with an emphasis on asset recovery). Jeremy also has wide experience of all types of applications for interim injunctive relief. Illustrative cases include:
Jeremy has a wide range of experience in advising and representing claimants and defendants in corporate and commercial fraud matters (including cases involving allegations of bribery) from before the commencement of proceedings through to trial. The business sectors in which Jeremy has acted to date include the pharmaceutical industry, property development, shipping, aviation, computer/software, insurance, freight forwarding and general manufacturing sectors. Most of his cases involve a significant international element. Jeremy has appeared in numerous applications for freezing and proprietary injunctions (in addition to the occasional Search and Seize injunction) as well as representing both applicants and respondents in applications for disclosure (both pre and post-commencement of proceedings), Norwich Pharmacal applications and applications under the Bankers Trust jurisdiction. Jeremy also regularly acts for companies and directors in cases where it is alleged that the directors have misappropriated corporate assets/opportunities in breach of their fiduciary duties. Illustrative cases include:
Jeremy regularly advises and appears in a broad range of banking and finance disputes both on behalf of and against banks and finance companies. The areas in which he is instructed include: claims under guarantees and indemnities, sale of goods (both international and domestic); bills of exchange and cheques, the recovery of monies mistakenly paid by banks, and hire purchase and conditional sales agreements. Jeremy also advises on the enforceability of high value loans under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 / Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, and associated regulations. Illustrative cases include:
Jeremy has a wide range of experience in professional negligence mainly in the solicitors, valuers / surveyors, company directors and financial advisors sectors. Jeremy is familiar with all aspects of professional negligence actions from inception (including tactical issues arising from the Pre-action Protocol (including Part 36 / Calderbank offers)), the typical interim applications that arise in such actions, through to favourable settlement and / or trial.
His professional negligence practice is complemented by his modern Chancery practice where he often advises on questions of share valuation in the context of, among other things, shareholder disputes.
Almost all cases on which he advises involve complex questions of expert evidence as to quantum. Many also include questions of contributory negligence and claims for contributions from third parties or co-defendants.
Illustrative cases include:
Jeremy appears in a variety of insurance matters (with a particular emphasis on trade credit policies, fire policies and other property insurance).
Jeremy has an established international arbitration practice and experience in LCIA, ICC, LMAA, statutory arbitration (including under the Grocery Code) and ad hoc arbitrations and appeals / permission to appeal applications concerning arbitral awards. Recent cases since 2015 include “the Res Cogitans” under LMAA Rules, an insurance coverage dispute in the ICC for £15M, a USD100M shipbuilding dispute (ad hoc arbitration), a £2m claim under the Grocery Code involving a leading supermarket chain and a £5M “African-wide” accountancy partnership dispute in the LCIA.
"He is excellent - tactically astute, client-friendly and knowledgeable."(Legal 500, 2020)
LLB, Edinburgh University (1992). Diploma in Legal Practice (Scotland) (1993). BCL, University College, Oxford (1994). LLM, Harvard Law School (1995).
Scottish Studentship. Legal Mooting Champion, Edinburgh University (1993).
Supervisor of Contracts Law and Tort: King’s College, London: 1999-2000.
Spanish (working knowledge).
Jeremy regularly gives lectures and in-house seminars to solicitors and other professional groups. He regularly gives talks/seminars both in the UK and overseas. He is on the editorial board of International Corporate Rescue.
Commercial Bar Association.
Chancery Bar Association.
Professional Negligence Bar Association.
Insolvency Lawyers' Association.
Reading and travel.
Jeremy was an associate at the US law firms Debevoise & Plimpton, New York office (1995 to 1998) and Kirkland & Ellis, London office (1998 to 2000).