Andrew Kinnison

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Andrew joined Birketts in April 2021. He is a Partner in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team.

Andrew is based in our Norwich office.

Andrew specialises in contract disputes. This includes company law (including shareholder and M&A disputes), partnership law (including, particularly, farming partnerships and other professional partnerships), professional negligence, property litigation and insolvency. Andrew originally qualified as a Barrister and is now admitted as a Solicitor Advocate (with rights of audience in all higher courts).

Andrew practised as a Barrister at the Chancery Bar in London. He also worked for more than 15 years in Hong Kong, as a commercial litigation partner with an international City law firm based in the UK. During that time, he managed a range of commercial disputes and arbitrations.

While Andrew always endeavours to resolve a matter without having to resort to court proceedings, if possible, he therefore has considerable experience with court proceedings, both in England and overseas.

This includes appearing as an advocate in a number of cases, both as a solicitor (in Hong Kong, and, to a lesser extent, in England), and as Counsel in England (High Court, and County Court).

A limited selection of the cases in which Andrew has acted as an advocate include:

  1. Snarecroft Ltd v Quantum Securities Ltd [2018] EWHC 2071 (Ch)
    (Before HHJ Paul Matthews, arguing against Mark Warwick QC) 

    Determination as to whether use of a property as a boutique hotel contravened a “residential use” restriction in a long lease of a property.  
  2. Jackson v Feeney [2018] EWHC 1490 (Ch)
    (Before Mr Justice Norris, arguing against Paul Sinclair QC)

    Successful in securing a suspension of an unless order, in the context of a freezing order that had been made in proceedings.  
  3. Re Balendran [2017] EWHC 2672 (Ch)
    (Before Mr Justice Hildyard)

    Successful in securing an extended civil restraint order against the wife of a bankrupt, who had applied to be joined to her husband’s bankruptcy proceedings in order to challenge a possession order in respect of his registered property; but raising the same issue that had been rejected on previous occasions.  The wife’s application was held to be either res judicata or issue estopped on the wider principles in Henderson v Henderson.
  4. Re Japanese Koi Co Ltd [2016] 7 WLUK 278 
    (Before Mr Justice Snowden) 

    Where a company director and a creditor could not agree on the choice of administrator and each proposed a different one, the court appointed independent administrators.
  5. Luk Tsun Yin [2000] 4 HKC 774 [Hong Kong] 

    Annulment and rescission of a bankruptcy order.
  6. A Co –v- B Co [2002] 1 HKLRD 111 [Hong Kong]

    Bank’s duty of confidentiality, with gagging Order, to prevent the bank informing the customer of proposed proceedings against a customer.  
  7. Re Weihong (unreported) 

    (Leading and junior counsel retained for other parties)

    Successful application for arrest warrant and then an injunction, to ensure that former director remained available for the private examination, against payment of money by him in to Court. No cross undertaking in damages was required from liquidators (on whose behalf I was acting).
  8. Re Weihong [2002] 1 HKLRD 541 [Hong Kong]
    (Leading and junior counsel retained for other parties)

    No privilege against self-incrimination for former directors of a company in liquidation, in a private examination (human rights legislation notwithstanding).

Andrew is a Fellow of R3 – Association of Business Recovery Professionals. He also holds a Diploma in Insolvency, with Distinction, from the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Andrew is also a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association.

He qualified as a Solicitor in May 1993.

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