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Toby Chandler

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International Arbitration

  • Toby has particular interest and experience in international arbitration. He is presently instructed in a $10 million LCIA arbitration in relation to a dredging contract between a Bahamian and American Company under English law (led by Carlo Taczalski).
  • During pupillage he was involved in a range of arbitration and arbitration related proceedings and is astute at dealing with issues of foreign law and parallel proceedings:
    • Drafted skeleton argument for Tatneft in resisting Ukraine’s attempts to challenge the enforceability of a BIT Award against it
    • Drafted a speaking note for an appeal on behalf of private equity firm MatlinPatterson who were resisting enforcement of an award against in obtained by the Brazilian Airline VRG. Proceedings in the Cayman Islands mirroring procedures under the English Arbitration Act 1996
    • Drafted an application to challenge an arbitrator’s jurisdiction in circumstances with competing arbitration and choice of court clauses
    • Supported arbitrator in preparing their award in relation to a failing medical electromagnet under ICC rules. Panel of Swiss and English lawyers.
    • Supported in the preparation of an award in relation to a Dutch company’s failure to deliver a consignment of meat products
    • Advised on the correct interpretation of a contract of indemnity in an arbitration between two major banking entities
    • Provided advice on the entitlement of an LLP partner to oppose changes in management structures and whether such rights would be analogous to those held by minority shareholders

Selected Cases

International Disputes

Toby has significant experience in international disputes raising issues of jurisdiction, choice-of-law and enforcement of foreign judgments. During pupillage he was involved in the following:

  • Drafted a skeleton argument for a Cayman Islands appeal as to whether there was jurisdiction to grant Norwich Pharmacal relief in support of foreign proceedings
  • Tugushev v Orlov: a £300 million fraud trial concerning the ownership of a substantial fisheries business. Supported on opposing an application for a s9 Arbitration Act stay; preparing documents for a disclosure review exercise of privileged correspondence going back over a 25-year period; providing advice on the nature of a Hunter v Moss trust arising out of extensive amendments to the pleaded case
  • Drafted a summary judgment application in relation to a commercial guarantee issued by a  Western African state and its central bank raising issues of state immunity and the construction of guarantees and on-demand performance bonds
  • PJSC VTB Bank v Laptev [2020] EWHC 321 (Ch): Parallel bankruptcy proceedings where the proposed bankrupt was already subject to Russian insolvency proceedings, raising issues as to choice-of-law and jurisdiction
  • Drafted initial advice and the Particulars of Claim in an international dispute arising out of the sale of a £125 million superyacht in Switzerland
  • Prepared an advice on strike out and a list of issues on litigation in SIB v HSCB Bank relating to dishonesty and the Quincecare duty of care
  • A claim relating to defective heart monitors relating to a Delaware company dissolved under the law of its incorporation

Selected Cases

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  • City University, BPTC, 2019, Very Competent; Lincoln’s Inn Denning Scholar (2018)
  • University of Bristol, LLB, 2015-2018, First Class
    • Editor in Chief, Bristol Law Review; Chair of Debate for Bristol Law Club; Convener of Bristol Debating Union



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