Andrew read law at Jesus College, Oxford (M.A., B.C.L.). He practises in all aspects of personal injury and clinical negligence litigation, representing both claimants and defendants. He has been appointed to the Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown for the period of five years from 1st November 2012.
Andrew’s recent cases include:-
• acting as led junior for a claimant who elected to have a below knee amputation to address his symptoms of chronic regional pain syndrome that developed following a serious right leg fracture. The claim is worth c.£1.5m (ongoing);
• acting as led junior for a motorist who sustained a serious brain injury and fractured leg when attempting to rescue another motorist in a claim worth c.£1m (ongoing). The case raises interesting issues concerning the scope of the duty owed to rescuers, causation and volenti;
• acting as led junior for a claimant who was rendered quadriplegic when he slipped on an accumulation of mud following flooding on a bridleway (ongoing). The case raises issues of misfeasance in respect of a public right of way and of nuisance;
• acting as led junior for a claimant who suffered a catastrophic psychiatric reaction to a minor head injury. The claim settled at a joint settlement meeting for £390,000 in December 2011;
• acting as sole counsel for a claimant who suffered an acceleration of pre-existing syringomyelia (a rare condition where a cyst or syrinx forms within the spinal cord) following a road traffic accident;
• representing numerous claimants who have suffered serious orthopaedic and / or minor brain injuries as sole counsel in claims worth c.£50,000 to £500,000;
• acting as sole counsel for the dependants in a fatal accidents claim where the deceased was killed by a falling tree on a golf course (ongoing);
• acting as sole counsel for a claimant who sustained a brachial plexus injury to his left shoulder and arm following a road traffic accident in October 2009. An award of £623,977 was achieved at a joint settlement meeting in August 2011;
• acting as sole counsel for a soldier who was injured in an army training exercise in a claim against the Ministry of Defence. The claim raised issues of tomfoolery and volenti and settled in October 2012; and
• Andrew regularly represents defendants in road traffic accident claims involving issues of low velocity impact, fraud and exaggeration.
Andrew is also experienced in advising upon issues of insurance policy coverage relating to personal injury litigation (e.g.: actions against the MIB; the scope of employers’ liability and public liability policies; and matters involving the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Acts 1930 and 2010).