Professional practice

Freddie has a busy commercial practice. He is regularly instructed in some of the most high- profile and high value commercial and civil fraud disputes in the Commercial Court, including:

  • The 10-week trial of ENRC v Dechert & Serious Fraud Office [2022] EWHC 1138 (Comm) (led by Clare Montgomery KC and Nathan Pillow KC), one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2021;
  • The Kingdom of Sweden v Serwin, Bishop, Gergeo & Ors, a €115m fraud claim brought by the Swedish pension authority, in which Freddie acted as sole counsel.
  • General Dynamics UK Ltd v The State of Libya [2022] EWHC 501, an application to set- aside arbitration enforcement for failure of full and frank disclosure of state immunity (led by Lucas Bastin KC).
  • Navigator Equities Ltd v Deripaska [2020] EWHC 1798 (led by Nathan Pillow KC), a committal application and an abuse of process strike out application;
  • ArcelorMittal USA v Ruia & Others [2020] EWHC 3349 (led by Paul McGrath KC), a c. $1.5 billion fraud claim;
  • A v B [2022] (sole counsel), an application for Bankers Trust relief and a gagging order against a cryptocurrency exchange arising out of a crypto fraud.

Freddie also acts regularly in High Court commercial employment matters and applications for injunctive relief. He appears frequently as sole advocate in the employment tribunal in unfair dismissal claims, as well as discrimination and harassment claims under the Equality Act. Recent cases include: Red Bull Racing v Fallows (led by Daniel Oudkerk KC); and Stroma Building Control v Barr [2021] EWHC 239 (led by Daniel Oudkerk KC).

Freddie also has a developing public law practice. He has experience of judicial review (Newby Foods v FSA led by Hugh Mercer KC), and has advised on a number of public law matters, including human rights challenges, the Russia Sanctions Regulations 2019, the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020 (led by Dan Sarooshi KC), and on diplomatic and consular immunity.

 

Examples of Recent Cases
  • ENRC v Dechert & Serious Fraud Office (led by Clare Montgomery KC and Nathan Pillow KC), one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2021;
  • Navigator Equities Ltd v Deripaska [2020] EWHC 1798 (led by Nathan Pillow KC);
  • ArcelorMittal USA v Ruia & Others [2020] EWHC 3349 (led by Paul McGrath KC), a c. $1.5 billion fraud claim;
  • The Kingdom of Sweden v Serwin, Bishop, Gergeo & Ors (instructed as sole counsel), a €115m fraud claim.
  • Red Bull Racing v Fallows (led by Daniel Oudkerk KC).
  • General Dynamics UK Ltd v The State of Libya [2022] EWHC 501, an application to set-aside arbitration enforcement for failure of full and frank disclosure of state immunity (led by Lucas Bastin).
Arbitration & related court applications
  • Instructed in an HKIAC arbitration of a US$1.5 billion claim arising out of a disputed joint venture deal (led by Jern-Fei Ng KC);
  • General Dynamics UK Ltd v The State of Libya [2022] EWHC 501, an application to set- aside arbitration enforcement for failure of full and frank disclosure of state immunity (led by Lucas Bastin KC).
  • Advised on the removal of an arbitrator under s. 24 Arbitration Act 1996.
  • Instructed on a US$400m SIAC claim arising out of a mining dispute.
Civil fraud & asset recovery
  • ENRC v Dechert & Serious Fraud Office (led by Clare Montgomery KC and Nathan Pillow KC), one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2021;
  • Navigator Equities Ltd v Deripaska [2020] EWHC 1798 (led by Nathan Pillow KC), committal proceedings;
  • ArcelorMittal USA v Ruia & Others [2020] EWHC 3349 (led by Paul McGrath KC), a c. $1.5 billion fraud claim;
  • The Kingdom of Sweden v Serwin, Bishop, Gergeo & Ors (sole counsel), a €115m fraud claim;
  • A v B [2022] (sole counsel), an application for Bankers Trust relief and a gagging order against a cryptocurrency exchange. Freddie has a particular interest in crypto assets and crypto-related disputes. He is a member of CFAAR (the Crypto Fraud and Asset Recovery network) and regularly gives talks on crypto frauds.
Commercial chancery disputes
  • Assisted in advising on the governing law for substantial claims for breach of directors’ duties brought by a Russian incorporated company.
Commercial dispute resolution
  • Instructed in an HKIAC arbitration of a US$1.5 billion claim arising out of a disputed joint venture deal (led by Jern-Fei Ng KC);
  • ENRC v Dechert & Serious Fraud Office (led by Clare Montgomery KC and Nathan Pillow KC), one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2021.
  • ArcelorMittal USA v Ruia & Others [2020] EWHC 3349 (led by Paul McGrath KC), a c. $1.5 billion fraud claim;
  • The Kingdom of Sweden v Serwin, Bishop, Gergeo & Ors (sole counsel), a €115m fraud claim.
Company & insolvency law / corporate recovery
  • Assisted in advising on the governing law for substantial claims for breach of directors’ duties brought by a Russian incorporated company.
Conflict of laws & private international law
  • Advised on the enforceability in England of a United States District of Utah default judgment
  • Advising on the governing law for substantial claims for breach of directors’ duties  brought by a Russian incorporated company.
Employment
  • Acted in the employment dispute Red Bull Racing v Fallows (led by Daniel Oudkerk KC);
  • Acted in an application for injunctive relief arising out of claims for breach of confidence and restrictive covenants [Stroma Building Control v Barr & Others [2021] EWHC 239 (QB)];
  • Acted in a two-day unfair dismissal case [R Patel v IBM];
  • Instructed in a potential £1.5m claim for breach of a settlement agreement, arising out of the termination of an employment contract;
  • Instructed in an unlawful dismissal (redundancy) claim [Gregoratti v Aegila Capital Management].
Energy & natural resources
  • Assisted in preparation for a Court of Appeal hearing which raises issues as to the proper construction of a shareholders’ agreement of a Russian mining and metals company [United Company Rusal Plc v Crispian Investments Limited].
European law & competition
  • Assisted in enforcement proceedings under S.101 Arbitration Act 1996 in respect of a £127m New York Convention Award, which raised issues as to the effect of certain European sanctions regulations;
  • Assistant Editor of the European Human Rights Reports, published by Sweet & Maxwell.
Human rights & civil liberties
  • Advised on issues of consular immunity and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963;
  • Advised on the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020;
  • Advised on the lawfulness of the impact of Universal Credit on recipients of Enhanced Disability Premium.
Insurance & reinsurance
  • Assisted in advising in respect of a possible claim for the total constructive loss of a vessel under the war risks clause of a marine insurance policy;
  • Assisted in advising insurers in respect of a potential claim for pollution liabilities caused by an oil pipeline leak, under a Bermuda Form insurance policy;
  • Assisted in a $30m marine insurance claim, in which the insurers made allegations of scuttling.
International trade, transport & commodities
  • Instructed in a carriage of goods claim arising out of the theft of a consignment of tyres;
  • Assisted in defending a £20m wrongful termination claim arising out of a contract for the provision of coach services [Dunn Motor Traction v National Express Limited].
Media, Art, Entertainment & Sport
  • Assisted in a US$10.75m claim arising out of the sale of an allegedly forged portrait by the Dutch Golden Age painter Frans Hals [Sotheby’s v Weiss Ltd];
  • Assisting in the preparation of a judicial review of DEFRA’s refusal to grant a retrospective import license in respect of a piece of ivory artwork.
Public & administrative law
  • Instructed on judicial review in Newby Foods v FSA (led by Hugh Mercer KC);
  • Advised on issues of consular immunity and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963;
  • Advised on the Russia (Sanctions) Regulations 2019
  • Advised on the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020 Advised on the lawfulness of the impact of Universal Credit on recipients of Enhanced Disability Premium;
  • Assisted in a judicial review of the draft Universal Credit (Managed Migration) Regulations 2018, which raised issues of unlawful discrimination under Article 14 and Article 1 Protocol 1 ECHR [R oao TP& AR v SSWP];
  • Assisting in the preparation of a judicial review of DEFRA’s refusal to grant a retrospective import license in respect of a piece of ivory artwork.
Public international law
  • General Dynamics UK Ltd v The State of Libya[2022] EWHC 501, an application to set-aside arbitration enforcement for failure of full and frank disclosure of state immunity.
  • Advised on issues of consular immunity and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963;
  • Advised on the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020;
  • Assisted in a Court of Appeal hearing which raised issues of construction in relation to the Russian Federation – Ukraine Bilateral Investment Treaty, and in relation to the State Immunity Act 1978 [PAO Tatneft v Ukraine].

 

Shipping & admiralty
  • Assisted in a $30m marine insurance claim, in which the insurers made allegations of scuttling;
  • Assisted in advising in respect of a possible claim for the total constructive loss of a vessel under the war risks clause of a marine insurance policy.
Career

2019: Tenant at Essex Court Chambers

2019: High Court Judicial Assistant

2018: Pupil at Essex Court Chambers (supervised by Emily Wood)

 

Education

2018: BPTC, City University, Outstanding (ranked 7th in the year)

2017: GDL, City University, Commendation

2016: BA History & Politics, University of Oxford, First Class, (ranked 2nd in the year)

 

Awards

2018: Everard Ver Heyden Foundation Prize (City University)

2018: Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn)

2017: Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)

2017: Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln’s Inn)

2017: Public Law Essay Prize (11 King’s Bench Walk)

2017: Postgraduate Law School Scholarship (City University)

2016: Lord Haldane Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)

2016: Gibbs Prize for Politics (University of Oxford)

2016: Final Honours Examinations Prize (New College, University of Oxford)

2014: Academic Scholarship (New College, University of Oxford)

Publications

“How to freeze a cryptocurrency”, Journal of International Banking & Finance Law, 2020, Issue 2