Andrew Savage



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Andrew Savage

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Andrew qualified as a Solicitor in 1997 and became a Partner at Watson Farley & Williams in 2004. He was appointed Head of Litigation and Arbitration in 2007 and specialises in commercial and finance disputes and international arbitration.

He has acted for and against state entities including the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Zambia and the Government of Pakistan. The arbitration and litigation cases he has advised on have related to finance, insolvency, energy, insurance (for policy holders), fraud, commodities, shipping, construction, IT and art theft.

Andrew has been recommended in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500. He is cited as “an excellent lawyer” in the latest edition of The Legal 500 and “very good with clients” and “a very able performer” in the latest edition of Chambers and Partners.

Experience Open

    Andrew experience includes acting for:
    • The liquidators of a European financial institution on various very high value and contentious matters concerning the close out mechanism under the ISDA Master Agreement in High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings.
    • A Korean EPC contractor in connection with a £multi-million claim relating to the construction of a combined-cycle power plant in Ghana. Advising on arbitration claims under the EAR policy and contractual disputes.
    • Investors in a number of investment treaty cases.
    • A family office in a claim arising out of an aborted off market structured shares investment through offshore vehicles involving issues arising under a professional indemnity insurance policy.
    • Hydro Aluminium in a major LCIA arbitration involving allegations of fraud and parties from Russia and Tajikistan which became entangled in one of the biggest Commercial Court cases of the era. Following its successful conclusion, political risk insurers were successfully pursued through a further LCIA arbitration.
    • The Government of Pakistan before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in Dallah Real Estate v The Ministry of Religious Affairs, Government of Pakistan in successfully resisting the enforcement of an ICC arbitration award rendered in Paris relating to a circa $300m payment. Andrew was also involved in resolving related court proceedings in Paris. The case is one of the leading arbitration cases in the UK and is renowned internationally.  Watson Farley & Williams was awarded “Court Win of the Year” by Global Arbitration Review for its role in the matter.
    • An English company in a joint venture dispute involving the Republic of Zambia arising out of a mining concession in Africa. The dispute was arbitrated under the UNCITRAL rules.
    • A Dubai-based broker of financing for African telecoms deals in two LCIA arbitrations against a Chinese telecommunications company.
    • The Bank of Scotland and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in US$90m SIAC arbitration and related court proceedings in India and Singapore. The case concerned loans to a Greek shipping group and shipbuilding contracts.
    • Britannia Bulk Plc (in liquidation) in proceedings before both the High Court and the Court of Appeal. The case concerned the interpretation of key ISDA Master Agreement provisions and the appeal, which was heard in conjunction with three other cases, has been welcomed for the clarity it provides for users of that agreement.
    • Sealion Shipping Ltd, the representative of a group of former employers, in relation to a High Court claim by the trustee of the Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund (MNRPF). This complex and high-profile matter was listed as one of the top 20 cases for 2014 by The Lawyer.

Education Open

  • 1993-1995: York College of Law CPE & LPC
  • 1989-1992: St Anne’s College, Oxford University, BA Hons Politics Philosophy & Economics

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Lloyd’s List
  • Global Arbitration Review

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • LCIA
  • IBA
  • ICC

Employment Record Open

  • 2004 – present: Partner, Watson Farley & Williams
  • 2000 – 2004: Associate, Watson Farley & Williams
  • 1997 – 2000: Associate, Frere Cholmeley Bischoff (merged with Eversheds)
  • 1995 – 1997: Trainee, Frere Cholmeley Bischoff

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