A Legal 500 Leading Hall of Fame Individual with legal and business nous Ashkhan leads the team at CANDEY.
A solicitor and barrister he has a long track record of successive wins and major settlements in Court proceedings and International Arbitrations.
With a particular interest in lawyers' rights and access to justice, CANDEY has recently sued in its own name in 5 cases in the UK and BVI Courts of Appeal and in the Supreme Court.
Leading cases include CANDEY v Crumpler, Supreme Court, December 2022, a Supreme Court blueprint on solicitors rights to be paid first from the fruits of litigation. In the Court of Appeal in 2017 in parallel proceedings he established the right of lawyers to charge monies in Court which right survives insolvency, providing a road map for clients to pay both security for costs and fund litigation with one cash sum, instead of two. He has pushed for the Courts to allow clients to assign claims to their lawyers in CANDEY v Miller (splitting the proceeds with the client), Court of Appeal, March 2022. In CANDEY v Tonstate Group & Ors, Court of Appeal May 2022, he exposed the inequality between Claimants and Defendants, with Defendants being held unable to instruct lawyers on a contingency basis. CANDEY v. Bosheh & Salfiti, July 2022 involving a dishonest solicitor is the leading case on privilege and a client’s right to hide behind privilege to conceal criminality.
Along with the Inns of Court he is a staunch believer in the principle that everyone should have the right to legal representation regardless of their means or nationality. English law, as the UK’s prized export asset, is globally recognised as the gold standard choice of law in international business because it is just, fair and independent. He is concerned to ensure that this reputation is protected. He regards the recent ban on journalists’ and public relations firms’ ability to advocate on behalf of sanctioned entities, as an unconstitutional restriction on free speech and intends to challenge it.
Ashkhan trained at K & L Gates, and is also 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.
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