Dispute Resolution

Andrew Park is a very experienced commercial litigator with a track record of successfully running cases at all levels, including right up to the UK Supreme Court.  He has the skills and experience necessary to help clients achieve desired outcomes quickly and cost efficiently.

Andrew was involved in two of the most important 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.

Andrew’s running of the process from day one to the end was nothing short of exemplary.  It is hard to see how a better outcome could have been achieved.”  Read the full case study

Trips to the Supreme Court are not the norm, however.  Andrew’s default objective is to achieve a successful outcome for the client without the need for any court proceedings at all, and that is how the majority of his cases are concluded.  He has successfully represented clients in this way in a wide range of drinks trade-related dispute scenarios, often with an international or cross-border element, for example in relation to:

  • termination of agency, distribution and joint venture agreements
  • compensation and other claims under the UK Commercial Agency Regulations
  • sale of goods and other commercial contracts
  • insolvency claims, e.g. retention of title
  • companies and partnerships, in particular exits and break-ups
  • business and goodwill valuation disputes.

Andrew has considerable experience of representing clients in commercial mediations as an advocate, and is himself a Civil Mediation Council-registered and accredited mediator.

“We would still be negotiating with the distributor now had Andrew not been involved.”  Read the full case study

“Once again, many thanks for your highly skilled work on this lengthy litigation.   I have enjoyed working with you and always find you to be thorough, patient, excellent at explaining the legal concepts and empathetic to the various stakeholders.  The key for me is that you are completely engaged with the case and the people involved and at times have been as emotionally invested at the rest of us which I think is quite rare for professional service providers of all kinds.”  Read the full testimonial

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss what you need and how Andrew might be able to help you.