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Andrew Shipley

Call 2017


Andrew joined 9 Stone Buildings in October 2020 on successful completion of his pupillage. He was supervised by Rory Brown, Martin Young, and Peter Shaw QC. He is building a broad chancery and commercial practice and accepts instructions in all core areas of chambers’ practice.

Prior to pupillage, Andrew was Judicial Assistant to the Rt Hon. Lord Justice David Richards and worked for the corporate law resource FromCounsel.

Practice Areas

Insolvency & Company +

Andrew has worked on a wide range of insolvency and company matters, including major claims for breach of a director’s duties. He has appeared as an advocate in the winding up list and, during pupillage, assisted in claims involving fraudulent trading and transactions at an undervalue.

  • Cross-border fraud; misappropriation of company money; contempt of court; contumacious breach of freezing orders; false statements in evidence; fabrications; lying to the court on oath; proceeding in contemnor’s absence. Led by Rory Brown also of 9 Stone Buildings represented Joint Liquidators in their application to commit Sanjiv Varma to prison for his contempts of court, Varma was sentenced to prison for 21 months (Atkinson v Varma [2021] EWHC 592 (Ch)).
  • Committal; Requirement of Intent; Disclosure Obligations; False Statements; Breach of Freezing Orders. Led by Rory Brown represented Joint Liquidators on contemnor’s appeal to the Court of Appeal. The appeal was unanimously dismissed and indemnity costs ordered (Varma v Atkinson [2020] EWCA Civ 1602, [2021] 2 W.L.R. 536)


Private Client +

Andrew has assisted with a wide variety of claims involving wills and trusts including 1975 Act claims, claims disputing the validity of wills, and contentious probate matters involving successful mediation.

Commercial +

Andrew is building a commercial practice both as a sole advocate in the County Court and assisting with High Court matters. He has acted as junior in applications for interim relief and committal for breach of court orders, and assisted with procedural applications including for relief from sanctions.

Land & Property +

Andrew has worked on a variety of property matters. He has assisted with claims for the rectification of the register and beneficial ownership claims as well as issues of landlord and tenant law.

Additional Information

BPTC (Very Competent) – BPP University Law School – 2017
GDL (Distinction) – City Law School – 2016
M.Phil in Medieval History (Pass) – Robinson College, University of Cambridge – 2015
BA (Hons) History (First) – Robinson College, University of Cambridge – 2014

Prizes and Scholarships

Lord Haldane Scholarship – Lincoln’s Inn – 2015
Titular Scholarship and College Prize – Robinson College, Cambridge – 2014


Chancery Bar Association

Andrew Shipley is an independent self-employed barrister registered with the Bar Standards Board of England; whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales which code can be found at www.barstandardsboard.org.uk; has full professional liability insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited (ref BM 2930/081 ) (details of the world-wide cover are provided at www.barmutual.co.uk); is registered for VAT (reg. no. 357429570); and can be contacted during chambers opening hours by telephone at 02074045055 or by e-mail at clerks@9stonebuildings.com.

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