Andrew Hutcheon



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Andrew Hutcheon

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Andrew joined Watson Farley & Williams in 1990. He specialises in commercial and financial litigation and international arbitration. Andrew has experience in a broad range of commercial and financial disputes but has a substantial track record in the natural resources, offshore oil & gas, energy and shipping, aircraft and transport sectors.

In the natural resources field Andrew has recent disputes experience in areas of commodities trading, trade finance and mining investment disputes. Andrew’s experience in the offshore oil & gas and energy areas covers construction, drilling and service agreement disputes, as well as wider industry disputes such as judicial review in relation to the UK Gas and Electricity Marketing Authority and bilateral investment treaty disputes. Andrew’s shipping experience covers joint venture agreements, shipbuilding, MoA, charterparty and other dry shipping disputes including competition law related disputes.  He has recent experience in advising major LNG carriers and SPVs in both charterparty and financial agreements.

Andrew has represented major corporations such as JP Morgan, Teekay, Vivendi, Vitol and Norsk Hydro in international arbitrations with the ICC, LCIA, VIAC and other institutions and London High Court proceedings.

Andrew has experience in funded dispute work and has conducted litigation for claimants with part funded ATE cover and on conditional fee arrangements.

Andrew is recommended in the latest edition of Legal 500 UK, where he is described as a “sophisticated and tenacious litigator” who “leads by example”, is “quick to grasp the client’s commercial priorities” and is “incredibly knowledgeable about international trade and navigates multi-jurisdictional complexities with ease”.

Experience Open

    Andrew’s recent experience includes:
    • Representing MRI on a successful appeal to the English Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal in relation to an award made by a London Metal Exchange (LME) arbitration tribunal on a US$10m case concerning a copper concentrates contract.
    • Acting on behalf of administrators (Ernst & Young) of International Consolidated Metals Limited in relation to a professional negligence High Court claim against former administrators arising from the pre-pack sale of a polymetallic mine in South America.
    • Acting for Rabobank International in relation to disputes arising out of the infamous Qingdao warehousing fraud.
    • Acting for Conapro Dena BMS sal against the government of the Gambia in relation to a $30m claim in respect of oil products.
    • Acting for the supplier in an LCIA arbitration in relation to a long term coal supply agreement to a power station.
    • Advising Norwegian bondholders in relation to the enforcement of mortgages over offshore supply vessels and advising in relation to issues concerning the ownership of on-board equipment.
    • Acting on behalf of major LNG carriers in relation to charterparty, lease and loan agreements disputes.
    • Advising a German bank in relation to enforcement of various loans and guarantees arising out of arrangements for KG owners.
    • Advising an ICT services group in relation to various contentious issues arising following the purchase of a cloud management business.
    • Acting in two international arbitrations in relation to disputes arising out of defence procurement representative agreements.
    • Acting for a client in enforcing the terms of a settlement agreement entered into following a dispute concerning non-payment of invoices under a licence agreement for the acquisition of seismic data in West Africa.
    • Acting on behalf of a Chinese shipowner in relation to an appeal from an LMAA arbitration award relating to speed and consumption warranties.
    • Acting on behalf of major oil trading company, Vitol, in a Commercial Court claim concerning the implementation and operation of a large prepayment facility as part of a long term supply agreement for Nigerian crude from a new field.
    • Successfully representing Teekay LNG in proceedings before the Commercial Court in relation to an LNG joint venture, and subsequently bringing proceedings to enforce a share pledge to satisfy the claim.
    • Defending Zeus Petroleum Limited, an international oil and gas exploration business, in relation to a US$12m High Court claim brought by a drilling and rig management company under a letter of commitment for the provision of a semi submersible rig in the North Sea.
    • Defending a rig bareboat charterer in London arbitration in relation to unpaid hire and sanctions issues concerning the rig.
    • Acting for a rig owner in LCIA arbitration relating to unpaid hire and “damage to the hole” provisions in the rig charterparty.
    • Acting for Teekay Hummingbird in a High Court claim relating to disputed fees in a FEED agreement.

Education Open

  • University of Sydney, LLB
  • Tulane University, LLM – Admiralty

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • “Disputes in the energy & natural resources sector”, Financier Worldwide.
  • “International enforcement of judgments and arbitration awards”, Financier Worldwide
  • Marine Money Geneva Forum.

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA)
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • London Shipping Law Centre (LSLC)

Employment Record Open

  • Joined Watson Farley & Williams in 1990

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