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Prettys Solicitors Ipswich

Andrew Kinnison

Andrew Kinnison

I originally qualified as a barrister in 1988, and then as a solicitor in England & Wales in 1993.  I am now admitted as a Solicitor Advocate, with full rights of audience as a solicitor, in all higher courts (both civil and criminal).  I am perhaps unique amongst solicitors in the region, in that I also have a Diploma in Insolvency, from the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (2004, with Distinction).

Immediately before joining Prettys, I was a member of Enterprise Chambers, from which I worked as a barrister at the Chancery Bar in London.  Before that, I worked for more than 15 years as a commercial litigation partner with Holman Fenwick & Willan, an international City law firm, based in Hong Kong (where I am admitted as a non-practicing solicitor), and, for around 8 years, as a partner with Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds.

I deal with all types of civil disputes.  I have enjoyed a broad range of work over the years, managing a range of commercial disputes and arbitrations.  My practice has tended towards contractual disputes, insolvency, company law (including shareholder disputes), professional negligence and property litigation.  It is sometimes easy to cover most of those practice areas in one case if, for example, a company has property and becomes insolvent; not least if the company has become insolvent having entered into a transaction on the basis of bad advice.

Legal 500 entries have previously described me as a “well respected” litigator, in the 1st tier for Commercial Litigation, who is “thorough and imaginative” and "provides invaluable assistance". I have been described as “an excellent choice”, who "simplifies the legal language" and “does an excellent job in preparing cases”.  I have “a firm grasp of insolvency issues”, and I have been described as “efficient, capable, sociable and enthusiastic”. 

I therefore work closely with clients to achieve the best and most cost-effective solution to any given case; and my advice is informed by an acute knowledge of what is needed, having stood “in the front line” in the High Court, arguing cases against QCs.

Recent Work Bullets:

I have had a broad range of work over the years, having dealt with cases involving issues as diverse as abandoned animals, horse safety issues and waste management sites, through to claims by and against the vendors of companies under share purchase agreements, and claims by liquidators and creditors against companies and their directors, including a fraudulent trading action.

While I try to resolve cases, particularly when acting as a solicitor, on favourable terms before a case goes to court, I list below some of the reported cases in which I have appeared as Counsel:

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Personal Synopsis:

I am particularly interested in Polar History of the Heroic Age.  When they ask if you are for Scott or Shackleton, I would say Shackleton; but that is the wrong question.  Amundsen was ultimately better qualified than either of them, and got to the South Pole first.  Some might say Amundsen had an “unfair” advantage: he was a Norwegian who grew up wearing skis.  I say: “Get over it. He won!

I like the Jack Reacher books by Lee Child: but dislike Tom Cruise playing Reacher in the films.  He is way too short.

Andrew Kinnison

Senior Associate

e akinnison@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298219

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