Andrew Marsden

I resolve disputes between people in business together.

I graduated with first class honours in Business Law and obtained the prestigious postgraduate degree of Bachelor of Civil Law at Oxford University. I practised as a solicitor with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before becoming a barrister in 1994. In 2015 I established Commercial Chambers.

I am recognised as a leading practitioner with both specialist expertise and substantial experience in a field that I describe as one of “commercial divorce” and which includes:

  • claims by shareholders for relief against unfairly prejudicial conduct of companies' affairs under section 994 Companies Act 2006
  • claims in respect of breaches of directors’ duties
  • partnership disputes
  • disputes between contracting parties
  • disputes arising from the break-down of business relations
  • claims by commercial agents

I am also an experienced CEDR trained mediator. 

I am included in Band 1 of Chambers UK and the Legal 500. I was also included in the “Chamber 100” list marking me out as one of the very best barristers in the country and I have been nominated as “Barrister of the Year” in Bristol several times

My approach

Commercial, clear and pragmatic

My work

I am happy either to agree fixed fees for specific pieces of work to be carried out (e.g. a fixed fee for a written or oral opinion/advice or for preparation, attendance and advocacy at the hearing of an application/a trial) or to agree that I should charge by reference to the time that a particular pice of work takes me to complete. When a fixed fee is agreed that fee will cover all of my services required to carry out the specific piece of work that I am instructed to deal with. If I am asked to carry out further work there will need to be a further agreement with regard to my fees for that further work. I calculate my fees by reference to an hourly rate of £350 (ex vat). I charge the same for my services whether I am instructed through a solicitor or directly by a client under the Direct Public Access scheme.

I do not usually accept work on a conditional fee basis.

A client may also have to pay solicitors’ fees or expert witnesses’ fees (if such services are required). Court fees will be payable if proceedings need to be issued. In appropriate cases there may be further costs associated with Alternative Dispute Resolution procedures (e.g. mediation). The extent of any such costs cannot reliably be estimated until the precise extent of those services has been identified in any particular case. I will be able to advise as to the extent of any such additional costs when fully appraised of the nature of the particular matter.

About me

I am an expert in company and commercial matters. I have specialist expertise in claims for relief from unfairly prejudicial conduct of a company's affairs under section 994 Companies Act 2006, partnership disputes, disputes between commercial agents and their principals and other contractual disputes.

I have been included in Chambers 100 where they say "Andrew Marsden is amongst the very best juniors practising on the Western Circuit. He has a broad commercial practice and wins especial praise for his work in the company and partnership sphere... Commentators say that he is 'an approachable barrister, with a keen eye to the commercial priorities of a case, who is ready to challenge and question the evidence before him.'"

I am recommended in the top tier in Chambers UK and the Legal 500 where they say:

Andrew is "very in-tune with the needs of his commercial clients." He has "in-depth expertise in corporate, partnership and commercial law disputes." His approach is considered "sensible, very clear and extremely helpful." He has an "unfailingly commercial approach and excellent cross-examination skills." An "extremely articulate and forceful advocate", "one of the best pound-for-pound commercial barristers in town." "Tenacious and thoughtful" and possessed of "great people skills", solicitors appreciate his "close, hands-on involvement in cases" and

his "clear, incisive advice." Commended for his "client-friendly manner" and "trenchant advice and assiduous approach", it has been said that "he has an air of gravitas about him, and a good manner with clients." "He will make a very good judge one day." He is a "deeply impressive barrister who prepares fully, is fantastic with documents and is commercially minded."

He is "a commercially focused barrister who is excellent on his feet." He "impresses across a broad range of disputes, including partnership, corporate and contractual issues." Andrew is "technically spot-on" and is known for taking a "sensible and pragmatic approach" to his work. "He gives clear and compelling advice." He "thinks things through to the nth degree." A "renowned shareholder dispute specialist."

He is "one of the leading authorities on commercial agency." He provides "targeted and transparent advice." He is "always very commercially aware and gets to the nub of the issue at hand." He "never misses a point."

What my clients say

I have instructed Andrew Marsden on numerous occasions on behalf of a range of clients and the service he gives is guaranteed to be excellent. He gets on with clients, identifies the issues quickly and focuses on the commercial realities of a case. He gives no nonsense advice and is equally impressive in court arguing a client’s position. I cannot recommend Andrew Marsden highly enough – one of the best commercial barristers around
Richard Gore
Director, Gregg Latchams Ltd.

I wanted to write to you outlining my appreciation for your support over the three years or so whilst dealing with a most demanding claim against my company. Throughout the process you offered very clear & detailed advice, alongside a high level of understanding. My previous experience of such matters has been minimal and your support throughout was so important and appreciated. Thankfully, the end result was very positive allowing the closure of what had been a very difficult journey. On behalf of Matthew & Myself, may I extend my sincere appreciation for your professional support 
Tony Ruddle
Managing Director, Avalon Motor Company Limited

I have worked with Andrew over a number of years on a variety of complex commercial disputes. I have consistently found him to be efficient, responsive, bright, commercial in his approach, well-prepared, excellent with the clients and tenacious when in Court. Highly recommended
Roger Isaacs
Partner, Milsted Langdon LLP

Andrew's advice is not only technically excellent from a legal perspective but always reflects his acute sense of commercial pragmatism. It therefore represents great value for money. No matter how complex the issues, he has an uncanny knack of explaining them to clients in a manner that is helpful and easy to understand. Equally his advocacy is fluent, clever and impressive, which is probably why he has developed a well-deserved reputation for being the "go-to" Counsel for shareholder, partnership and commercial disputes

Tom Read
Partner, Temple Bright

Professional & academic

BA Business Law (1st Class)

BCL (Oxon)


(Formerly also a Solicitor)

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Shareholder Protection From Unfair Prejudice: (1) Jurisdiction; and (2)Practice and procedure

Shareholder Protection From Unfair Prejudice: (3) The elements of “unfairness” and “prejudice”

Shareholder Protection From Unfair Prejudice: (4) Examples commonly encountered in practice

Shareholder Protection From Unfair Prejudice: (5) Remedies; and (6) Offers to purchase/striking out

Law relating to commercial agents part 1

Law relating to commercial agents part 2

Valuation of shareholdings in private companies and other business interests: Part 1

Valuation of shareholdings in private companies and other business interests: Part 2