Our Team

Max Hotham
Of Counsel
  • Banking & Finance Litigation
  • Commercial Arbitration/ Litigation
  • Commercial & Contractual Disputes
  • Tax
Qualifications & Education
  • Cardiff University
  • Law Society of England and Wales

Max has advised in relation to a broad range of disputes, often involving financial services and an international element. He is currently acting on behalf of two lenders who are seeking to recover over USD200 million in connection with the ‘Tuna Bond’ scandal in the Republic of Mozambique.

He has recently helped secure summary judgment for a private equity fund in proceedings brought against a borrower in relation to facilities totalling EUR25 million. He was part of the team that advised the Bank of Portugal in relation to its successful interventions in both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in April 2018.

Max has also acted for companies and individuals who have been the subject of worldwide freezing orders. He has also been involved in multinational litigation on behalf of a Luxembourg liquidator, relating to claims that funds invested in bonds via two Luxembourg-based SPVs, which were ultimately backed by US life settlements market assets, had been misappropriated.

Max also has a developing contentious tax practice concerned with a range of taxes and with experience of handling Closure Notices and appeals through to First Tier Tribunal and beyond, Accelerated Payment Notices and what is believed to be the first appeal which will involve consideration of GAAR Notices. He is involved in ongoing appeals for UK utility companies in relation to capital allowances on expenditure concerned with energy storage, an appeal in relation to land remediation relief in connection with contaminated land, and appearing in the Court of Appeal in relation to film trading.

Max has considerable experience in high-value actions by individuals and businesses for the mis-selling of interest rate protection products by banks, and has also advised a number of clients in relation to the FCA interest rate hedging review scheme, helping to achieve settlements of several million pounds.


Max graduated from Cardiff University, and joined a niche financial services practice where he completed his training contract and spent a further two years upon qualification. Max joined Enyo Law in November 2011.

Reported cases
  • Northern Gas Networks Limited -v- The Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs  [2020] UKFTT 121 (TC)
  • Cheshire Cavity Storage 1 Limited & Anor -v- The Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs [2019] UKFTT 498 (TC)
  • URENCO Chemplants Limited & Anor -v- The Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs [2019] UKFTT 522 (TC)
  • AMC III Purple B.V. -v- Amethyst Radiotherapy Limited [2019] EWHC 1503 (Comm)
  • Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited -v- Nordsee Offshore MEG I GmbH [2019] EWHC 1655 (Comm)
  • Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation Fund & Ors -v- Novo Banco S.A. [2018] UKSC 34 on appeal from [2016] EWCA Civ 1092
  • Degorce -v- The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs [2017] EWCA Civ 1427
  • Avonwick Holdings Limited & Ors -v- Mikhail Shlosberg [2016] EWCA Civ 1381
  • Parish & Anor -v- The Danwood Group Limited [2015] EWHC 940 (QB)
Professional Associations
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA)
Apr 25, 2024
UK Supreme Court confirms anti-suit relief in favour of foreign-seated arbitration proceedings
In the most significant decision in the arbitration world since Enka v Chubb, the Supreme Court has confirmed this week...
Apr 10, 2024
The big freeze: Unitel SA v Unitel International Holdings BV & Anor
Mr Justice Bright has provided a useful reminder as to the hurdles that need to be overcome to secure a...
Mar 6, 2024
English High Court hands down significant judgment regarding an online auction of a blockchain-based NFT
The High Court has handed down judgment in Amir Soleymani v Nifty Gateway LLC. The background In 2021, Mr Soleymani,...
Feb 6, 2024
Anna Brownrigg speaking at Thought Leaders 4 Disputes: Financial Institutions Litigation
Anna Brownrigg will be speaking alongside a panel on Analysing the Rise of ESG Risks in Financial Institutions Litigation at...