Recognised as a Leading Individual by the Legal 500, with business nous Ashkhan provides legal and commercial direction to his clients.
He has a long track record of successive wins and major settlements in the High Court, Court of Appeal and International Arbitrations.
Ashkhan has full rights of audience as a Solicitor Advocate of the Supreme Court in England. He has been called to the Bar in England and admitted as a Solicitor Advocate (non-practising) in the British Virgin Islands (Supreme Court of the Eastern Caribbean).
Approachable, very commercial and fiercely loyal, Ashkhan is repeatedly instructed and recommended by clients and other lawyers because he understands and is in touch with their needs. He always seeks to empower clients and is a plain speaker who gets straight to the point. Standing shoulder to shoulder with his clients he aims to get unresolved disputes before a Judge or Arbitrator without delay. He works with lawyers from all over the world, and in particular the USA.
He primarily acts for entrepreneurs and multinationals and leads a team of 40 fee earners at CANDEY.
Andrew is a specialist in shareholder disputes, company law and insolvency. He has acted for clients and teams all over the world including Russia, US, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Europe, Equatorial Guinea and the Caribbean. He regularly receives instructions and referrals from other international lawyers particularly in Russia, the Caribbean and US.
Chairman & Partner
A founding Partner of CANDEY, Nigel was Managing Partner & Chairman of Tarlo Lyons during the time when that firm experienced dynamic growth. A highly experienced commercial litigator by background, Nigel has wide knowledge of the commercial legal sector and, together with members of the Management board, leads the strategy of the firm
Muhammed Haque QC
Mo Haque QC is a highly experienced and client-focussed commercial litigator. He practised at the English Bar for eighteen years, during which period he took Silk (in 2015). He then spent time with a premier law firm in the British Virgin Islands. The Caribbean Legal 500 described him as a “first class heavyweight”. Missing the weather, he returned to the UK and joined CANDEY in 2019.
James is an accomplished Solicitor Advocate with a wealth of experience in advising clients from a range of sectors on complex and high value commercial disputes. He has extensive familiarity with proceedings brought both in the English High Court and under a variety of institutional arbitration rules. Most of his work has typically involved a cross border element, Russia and the CIS in particular. James acts for a diverse array of individuals, office-holders and corporates. After taking a First, he trained and qualified at Herbert Smith, which included a 6 month secondment to its Moscow office, before spending almost a decade in the London offices of two top tier US practices prior to joining CANDEY in July 2017.
Richard is an experienced litigator who consistently achieves success for clients across a broad range of commercial disputes. He acts primarily for clients in the High Court and international arbitrations, and has extensive experience in relation to injunctions, IP & IT, partnership disputes, shareholder and share sale disputes, civil fraud and trust claims, professional negligence and restraint of trade.
Leo is a partner and commercial litigator with extensive experience running High Court proceedings and trials. He acts for a broad range of clients comprising start-ups (including 2019 KPMG Best British Tech Startup), corporate finance houses, entrepreneurs and individuals. He has a track record of acting in complex, high value actions in both general commercial and shareholder disputes.
Yuri is a specialist in complex litigation and arbitration across multiple jurisdictions including Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan (and other CIS countries) the Middle East and Africa for both corporations and individuals. Actions range from multi-million dollar multi-jurisdictional fraud claims through to shareholders disputes, partnership disputes, foreign law claims, enforcing foreign judgments, construction disputes, actions for and against directors, defamation, breach of contract, tort and insolvency.
Partner & Barrister
Lionel is an English barrister and Australian solicitor with 13 years of experience advising clients in commercial litigation, international arbitration, public international law and human rights. His clients include sovereign States, corporations, NGOs and individuals. He regularly appears as advocate and has acted as a member of the counsel team, sole junior to a leader, sole counsel and as counsel leading junior counsel. He holds a Bachelor of Civil Law, MPhil (with distinction) and a doctorate in law from the University of Oxford where he studied as a Rhodes scholar. As an undergraduate he was awarded a double first and graduated first in his year at the University of Tasmania.
Laurence is a plain speaking commercial lawyer. After completing the BCL at Oxford University, Laurence trained and worked at Linklaters and subsequently moved to Baker & McKenzie. Laurence advises on all aspects of commercial law as well as Intellectual Property and Competition Law.
Audrius trained at Brick Court Chambers and is admitted to the Bars of England and Wales (2003) and the British Virgin Islands (2009). Formerly a partner at Quinn Emmanuel. Audrius is experienced in a broad range of disputes, both in commercial litigation and arbitration. He has represented clients in contractual disputes in contexts as varied as claims for breach of profit sharing agreements; shareholder and co-investor disputes; claims for breach of service contracts; or exclusive agency agreements. Fluent in Russian, he has acted in a number of very large disputes related to parties or assets based in Russia and the CIS.
Duncan took a First from Pembroke College, Oxford. Duncan is a commercial disputes lawyer, with experience of courts and arbitral tribunals in the UK, the EU, Switzerland, the Caribbean, the Middle East and the US. He has particular expertise in financial services disputes, fraud and asset recovery, insolvency and restructuring.
Ben Wells is a Solicitor Advocate and a fluent Russian speaker. The majority of his work is focused on Russian-speaking clients. Ben is experienced in international arbitration and dispute resolution related to commercial contracts, sale and carriage of goods, trading, investments, banking, company and shareholder disputes.
Kofi specialises in acting for corporates and individuals in their most significant, complex and hard-fought disputes. He has extensive experience of investigating and advising on potential claims, obtaining and enforcing court orders and judgments and negotiating high-value settlements – in each case with complete focus on the client’s commercial objectives. After Worcester College, Oxford, Kofi spent 7 years at Linklaters and 4 years at Macfarlanes prior to joining CANDEY.
Mei has a broad range of experience in general commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Mei has acted for high profile individuals as well as in company related disputes; including minority shareholder and director disputes. Mei has significant court experience, and has had cases in both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Serene is a seasoned commercial litigator with extensive experience in general commercial litigation, financial services litigation and insolvency-related matters. She has acted on a broad range of international and domestic disputes, across a number of sectors, including breach of warranty claims, shareholder and company-related disputes, civil fraud claims, cross-border contractual disputes and complex financial services disputes. Serene has significant experience in running High Court proceedings for a range of clients, from private individuals to large multi-national corporates. She offers clients practical and commercial advice and often resolves complex disputes through mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Sam studied law at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, receiving the George Long Prize for obtaining the highest university mark in Civil Law II. After graduating, he taught contract and tort law to undergraduates at the University of Cambridge, and land law to undergraduates at King’s College, London. Sam is called to the Bar of England and Wales (Gray’s Inn, 2014).
William gained a First at undergraduate level and a Masters with Distinction from King’s College London prior to obtaining a Doctorate, followed by the GDL and BPTC at the University of Law, London. He received the University of Law’s Prize for the highest mark in Dispute Resolution. He was awarded a Lord Denning Scholarship and Hardwicke Entrance award by Lincoln’s Inn and gave the response to the Treasurer of Lincoln’s Inn as the student who had achieved the highest mark for the BTPC at Call.
Yahia joined CANDEY after training and practising as a solicitor at Linklaters. Prior to that he studied Law at the University of Cambridge. His practice focuses on cross-border international arbitration and commercial litigation and he has particular expertise in the commodities, technology and banking sectors. He has acted for a range of multinational corporations and financial institutions in arbitration proceedings under the LCIA Rules and before the High Court and Court of Appeal.
Emily has acted on a broad range of complex, high value international and domestic commercial disputes. Her experience encompasses banking and finance disputes, freezing injunctions, non-party costs orders, contractual claims, shareholder disputes and sports disputes. Emily has significant court experience in both the High Court and Court of Appeal. She has also assisted clients in resolving disputes through mediation and other forms of ADR.
Petar is a Solicitor Advocate with experience in complex and high-value commercial disputes before the English High Court and under a variety of institutional arbitration rules (LCIA, ICC, ICSID, Swiss Rules, UNCITRAL and ad hoc). His work mostly involves a cross-border element, in particular relating to Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan (and other CIS countries) and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining CANDEY Petar worked at dispute resolution boutiques and a US law firm in London (UK) and as an assistant to a prominent Swiss arbitrator in Geneva (Switzerland). Petar holds a Master in international affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva, Switzerland) and a double degree (LLB/Maîtrise) in English and French law from the University of Leicester (UK) and the University of Strasbourg (France). In addition to English, Petar is fluent in Bulgarian, Russian and French.
Sonia studied law at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge. She is a commercially aware litigator who is client focused at all stages of litigation and alternative dispute resolution. She acts for a range of clients from private individuals to large corporate bodies both in the UK and abroad. Sonia has experience in bringing proceedings in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and under a variety of institutional arbitration rules.
Maninder has assisted on a wide range of cases at Candey, and has developed particular experience in acting for clients in high value commercial litigation and arbitration. Prior to joining Candey, Maninder was awarded a First in Law from the University of Kent and completed his LPC at BPP Law School.
Adam completed his legal studies and undertook the LPC at BPP London in 2018. Adam has a range of experience working in various in-house legal teams as well as commercial law firms in UK and Turkey. He is fluent in Russian and Turkish.
Yana completed the LPC at BPP University with distinction in 2018.
Prior to that, Yana obtained PhD in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and taught law in Ukraine. She has profound interest in commercial law developed through International MBA and experience gained at the investment management company in London.
Roxana was awarded a First in Law from the University of Kent in 2019. During her undergraduate, she was awarded the Scott Moncrief Prize for Best Essay in Social Justice in 2017 and the Clement-Walker Mediation Prize 2019. She is completing the LLM Legal Practice Course at BPP Law and was awarded the Career Commitment Scholarship by BPP in 2020.
Harry graduated from the University of Manchester with a first-class degree in law. He went on to complete the Bachelor of Civil Law at University College, Oxford where he specialised in commercial law, taking options in commercial remedies, restitution of unjust enrichment, and the conflict of laws. Harry was awarded scholarships by the Inner Temple and undertook the BPTC at City Law School. Before joining CANDEY, Harry taught contract and trusts at King’s College London and worked as a research assistant on projects concerning punitive damages in private law and the doctrine of frustration following COVID-19.
Alexander read History at the University of York. He studied the GDL at BPP University, achieving a Distinction, and the BPTC at the University of Law. He was awarded Inner Temple scholarships and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in July 2019. Prior to joining CANDEY, Alexander has experience as an advocate in the County Court.
Magdalena gained a first class History degree from Lancaster University before undertaking her Master of Arts in Law at The University of Law. A Diplock Scholar, she was Called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 2019 following her BPTC LLM. Prior to joining CANDEY she represented claimants as a County Court Advocate during civil enforcement proceedings. Magdalena is also a qualified restorative justice facilitator. In her previous position at a justice charity, she delivered this service to offenders at HMP Lewes.
Sophie read History and English at the University of Auckland (Hons, First Class). She completed the GDL and BPTC at City University, after which she was awarded the Middle Temple Fox Scholarship to work at Canada’s leading litigation firm.
Cettrin joined the firm in 2015 as an apprentice and undertakes her academic legal studies on a part-time basis. She has been involved in numerous cases, assisting with trial preparation and supporting the fee earners with day to day litigation.
Alexander completed his legal studies and undertook the BPTC at City Law School in 2017/18. Alexander has prior experience in the range of work undertaken at CANDEY having previously worked in the BVI office of offshore commercial firms.
Helen studied Russian and Spanish at the University of St Andrews prior to moving to Moscow where she worked for close to ten years. She is a fluent Russian speaker with extensive commercial experience working for a FTSE 20 company both in Russia and the UK. Prior to joining CANDEY, Helen completed her legal studies at the University of Law, achieving a Commendation in the Graduate Diploma in Law and a Distinction in the Legal Practice Course with MSc in Law, Business and Management.
Rory completed his undergraduate law degree at Trinity College, Oxford, before undertaking an LLM at the University of Chicago. He then took the BPTC at City Law School, which he completed in 2019.
Katrin graduated from King’s College London with a First Class Degree in English Law & German Law and subsequently completed a Master’s Degree in Germany, as well as the BCL at the University of Oxford. She was awarded a scholarship during her undergraduate studies and Gray’s Inn’s Wilfred Watson scholarship to undertake the BPTC, which she did in 2019/2020.
Sarah read Law at the University of Nottingham, where she received First Class Honours. Thereafter, she was awarded the Richard Yorke scholarship by Gray’s Inn and went on to complete the BPTC at City University. Outside of CANDEY, Sarah volunteers at the Temple Legal Centre, a charity providing free family law advice.
Andrew graduated with a First in Classics from Durham University, and then completed an MPhil at Darwin College, Cambridge. He then undertook the GDL at City University, achieving a Distinction, and the BPTC at City Law School in 2019/20, receiving scholarships from Gray’s Inn for both.
Max studied Law at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, before undertaking the BPTC at City Law School as a William Shaw Scholar of Gray’s Inn. Max has experience working in boutique law firms and the Belfast office of a major commercial litigation firm.
Matthew studied Undergraduate and Master’s Degrees in Law at St John’s College, Cambridge. During his time as an undergraduate, he was awarded a James William Squire Scholarship and a Wright Prize (for receiving a First ranking in the top 5% of the year). His Master’s specialised in Commercial Law (First Class Honours). He is a Lord Denning Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn and was awarded an Outstanding on the Bar Professional Training Course at City Law School (2018/19).
Omar was awarded a First in Law from the University of Leicester before completing a Master of Laws in Finance at the ILF, Goethe University, Frankfurt. He was awarded numerous undergraduate awards, including the Hawkins Hatton Prize for the best performance in Company Law and recently undertook the BPTC at BPP Law School as an Advocacy Scholar. Prior to joining CANDEY, Omar worked at a leading international law firm, gaining experience in cross-border banking, financial markets and dispute resolution.
Rory graduated with the top first in Theology from the University of Oxford in 2017. After remaining at Oriel College for a master’s degree, achieving a distinction, he was awarded the Jules Thorn and Queen Mother Scholarships by Middle Temple and completed the GDL and BPTC at City Law School.