Anthony Pavlovich

Anthony Pavlovich

Call: 2012

"3 Verulam Buildings is first-class."

- Chambers & Partners UK Bar (2022)

“The set boasts some of the strongest practitioners in the market.”

- Chambers & Partners UK Bar (2022)

Practice Overview

Anthony’s practice spans a variety of commercial work, including banking, civil fraud, company and insolvency cases. He has appeared unled in the Court of Appeal and the main Rolls Building courts, in matters ranging from interim injunctions to multi-day trials.  He also works with a variety of leaders in larger cases and has experience of LCIA and ICC arbitrations. He has been appointed to the SFO’s B Panel for Proceeds of Crime and International Assistance work.

Recent major instructions include:

  • Acting for Swiss securities firm Leonteq (led by Tony Singla QC) in defending a large investment misselling claim in the Commercial Court
  • Represented NatWest Bank (led by Adam Kramer QC) in successfully defending a claim for money received following an authorised push-payment fraud: Tecnimont Arabia Ltd v National Westminster Bank Plc [2022] EWHC 1172 (Comm)
  • An eight-day liability trial of a shareholder dispute, followed by a three-day appeal in the Court of Appeal, and a five-day quantum trial, all unled: Potamianos v Prescott [2018] EWHC 1924 (Ch) and [2019] EWCA Civ 932

Anthony has undertaken extensive pro bono work and was nominated for the ‘Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year’ award in 2018.

Before coming to the Bar, Anthony spent seven years as a research analyst at Deutsche Bank, specialising in merger arbitrage and equity derivatives. He is able to use this experience in his work at the Bar, both for cases requiring specialist knowledge and to provide a general understanding of how banks and corporates act.

Banking, including retail, commercial and investment banking, particularly mortgages and corporate charges, guarantees, consumer credit, credit-reference agencies / data protection, money laundering, bills of exchange, trusts, LMA terms and ISDA Master Agreements; and complex possession claims and co-ownership

  • Senior junior (led by Tony Singla QC) for Leonteq in defending a complex misselling claim in the Commercial Court; the claim involves detailed analysis of the numerous causes of action, as well as of the structured products said to have been missold
  • Sole junior (led by Adam Kramer QC) for NatWest Bank in a claim relating to a $5 million authorised push-payment fraud; the judgment helped to develop the law of unjust enrichment in analysing the claimant’s case as to why the recipient bank should be liable: Tecnimont Arabia Ltd v National Westminster Bank Plc [2022] EWHC 1172 (Comm)
  • Sole junior (led by Matthew Parker QC) for an Azeri company suing its bank, BNP Paribas, for losses arising from a $7 million authorised push-payment fraud
  • Sole junior (led by Andrew Sutcliffe QC) for Worldpay defending claims by customers on the basis of suspected money-laundering
  • Sole junior (led by Andrew Sutcliffe QC) in advising a company on the GDPR implications of complying with a request for information from an enforcement agency
  • Sole counsel for a major bank defending discrimination claims by customers on the basis of suspected money-laundering
  • Sole junior (led by John Jarvis QC) in a dispute about a lender’s failure to advance a loan and the lender’s attempts to change the terms of the loan
  • Sole junior (led by Matthew Hardwick QC) in an ICC arbitration concerning bills of exchange
  • Sole counsel for the lenders in separate four-day and three-day trials of possession claims raising points of consumer-credit law, unfair relationships and the mortgagee’s right to possession: Goldhill Finance Ltd v Berry [2018] 10 WLUK 480
  • Sole counsel in the Crown Court in confiscation proceedings resulting from a mortgage fraud (having acted for two years in the parallel civil proceedings)
  • Acted pro bono for a beneficiary of a trust over shares that were sold as bona vacantia, including in a three-day Chancery trial
  • Appeared pro bono in a four-day County Court trial of a claim for a debt under an oral loan agreement (and advised on disposing of parallel bankruptcy proceedings)
  • Acted pro bono over the course of 18 months in defending a party to a co-ownership deed from a claim for possession and sale, and helped to achieve a settlement

Financial-services regulation, particularly misselling of swaps, investments, pensions, mortgages and PPI, and professional conduct

  • Assisted a major bank with the quantum element of the FCA Review, and assisted in the ‘skilled person’ review of another major bank
  • Advised a variety of banks and customers on the merits and quantum of misselling claims

Civil fraud, economic torts, proceeds of crime and tracing (appointed to the SFO’s Proceeds of Crime International Assistance Panel B in December 2020)

  • Part of the counsel team (led by Adrian Beltrami QC) for Grant Thornton UK LLP and two of its partners in the multi-billion-pound conspiracy claims brought by Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz in the Commercial Court, both of which were ultimately withdrawn (in the latter case only at the beginning of the 12-week trial)
  • Sole junior (led by Andrew Sutcliffe QC) in an application by the National Crime Agency for a property freezing order and disclosure order under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
  • Sole counsel in a €1.3 million claim in the Circuit Commercial Court regarding an international-payment fraud, involving questions of the Payment Services Regulations 2017 and the Money Laundering (etc) Regulations 2017
  • Sole counsel in an international-fraud claim in the Queen’s Bench Division, including drafting a 24-page Defence

Commercial contracts, particularly sale-and-purchase agreements, sale of goods, factoring and settlements

  • Sole junior (led by Andrew Sutcliffe QC) acting for a package-holiday organiser in claiming £2.9 million in refunds for the cost of flights following the coronavirus pandemic: On the Beach Ltd v Ryanair
  • Sole counsel in a Circuit Commercial Court claim for unpaid invoices, repudiatory breach of contract and negligence, with a £1 million counterclaim: Vissim AS v Nesspoint Ltd
  • Sole counsel in a potential $100 million dispute subject to LCIA arbitration and concerning shareholder agreements and sale-and-purchase agreements
  • Sole counsel in a three-day Circuit Commercial Court trial and four interlocutory hearings regarding a claim for commission that had been clawed-back: Wales v CBRE [2020] EWHC 16 (Comm)
  • Sole counsel in a three-day Chancery trial of a £6 million claim resulting from the settlement of a fraud dispute: Sait v Durbar [2017] 4 WLUK 438
  • Sole counsel in a $2.5 million LCIA arbitration regarding the factoring of international-trade receivables

Insolvency, both individual and corporate, particularly statutory demands, winding up, administration, enforcement by liquidators / trustees in bankruptcy, and claims involving insolvent companies

  • Sole counsel for investors in an application by administrators for an order for sale of property under paragraph 71, schedule B1, Insolvency Act 1986
  • Sole counsel for a pension provider in resisting a claim by a trustee in bankruptcy for the bankrupt’s pension, including questions of the anti-deprivation principle and Scots law
  • Appeared pro bono for the (alleged) debtor in a Chancery appeal against the dismissal of a bankruptcy petition: HMRC v Freitas [2016] EWHC 1433 (Ch), [2016] BPIR 1179
  • Appeared for the creditor and (alleged) debtor in various applications to restrain presentation of winding-up petitions

Company and partnership disputes, particularly questions of agreements between the shareholders or partners, company valuation, directors’ duties / disqualification and the register of companies

  • Sole counsel in £1.4 million unfair-prejudice proceedings and co-counsel in related contract and copyright proceedings, resulting in an eight-day trial of liability and five-day trial of quantum: Potamianos v Prescott [2018] EWHC 1924 (Ch) and [2020] EWHC 3465 (Ch); sole counsel in the three-day appeal in the Court of Appeal [2019] EWCA Civ 932
  • Advised a company involved in a merger as to the implications of a share buyback and the lack of a shareholder register
  • Sole junior counsel (led by Hefin Rees QC) in an eight-day trial of an unfair prejudice claim, raising issues of property- and company-valuation: Yusuf v Yusuf [2019] EWHC 90 (Ch)
  • Sole counsel in a four-day Chancery trial concerning the existence of a partnership
  • Appeared for a company seeking to remove unauthorised references to it in the register of companies
  • Drafted a 24-page Defence in a directors’-duties claim relating to an alleged international investment-fraud
  • Advised a former director pro bono on proceedings to disqualify him

Professional negligence by investment managers, accountants, valuers and solicitors

  • Drafted a 40-page auditor’s negligence claim (led by a QC at another commercial set)
  • Advised investors on a negligence claim against an investment manager and drafted particulars of claim
  • Advised a bank on a potential negligence claim in respect of a pension plan
  • Drafted a defence for solicitors accused of giving negligent advice
  • Drafted a defence to counterclaim for accountants accused of negligence while acting as experts

Director in Deutsche Bank’s Equity Derivatives Strategy Group

  • Advised on investments in mergers and other special situations
  • Worked on the valuation of companies and of derivatives (including a peer-reviewed article for Risk magazine)
  • Twice voted a top-ranked analyst in Institutional Investor’s All-Europe Research Team surveys
  • Received the internationally recognised ‘Chartered Financial Analyst’ Charter
  • French
  • German (reading)