Andrew Marsden

I resolve shareholder, director, partnership and commercial agent disputes.

I am included in Band 1 of Chambers UK, the Legal 500 and in the “Chamber 100” list. 

I have been nominated as “Barrister of the Year” in Bristol several times


My approach

Clear, pragmatic and always commercial.

My work

I am a highly experienced specialist in shareholder, director, partnership and commercial agent disputes (including claims for relief from unfairly prejudicial conduct of a company's affairs under section 994 Companies Act 2006 and claims under the Commercial Agent (Council Directive) Regulations 1993).


About me

In "Chambers 100" they say I am "amongst the very best juniors practising on the Western Circuit. He ... wins especial praise for his work in the company and partnership sphere. .. 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 also recommended in the top tier in Chambers UK and the Legal 500 where they say: "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." 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 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."

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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)

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