Andrew Smith QC

Call 1988

smithqc@exchangechambers.co.uk

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Practice Overview

Andrew has over 30 years of experience of litigation in courts at all levels. He has practised at the Scottish Bar (call 1988, silk 2002) and since 2006 at the English Bar. He took silk in England in 2016 after establishing a busy and successful practice in England as well as Scotland. Andrew has extensive trial and appellate experience in all courts having appeared in an estimated 300 trials and proofs; and well over a hundred appeals.

He has a wealth of court experience, including ten appearances in the Supreme Court as leader, and several in the House of Lords and Privy Council previously. He has represented several clients in applications to the European Court of Human Rights. He has appeared at all levels of court in both Scotland and England.

Andrew has particular expertise and interest in commercial litigation, insurance and professional negligence product liability work (including metal to metal hips, PIP implants, Vioxx and Celebrex litigation, VW emissions claims). He has extensive experience in medical negligence claims and commercial claims in both Scotland and England. He is instructed for a claimant in England, the claim having an estimated value of in excess of $300m, and is working together with US and UK based lawyers to seek multi-jurisdictional pre litigation orders.

He has been rated in the legal directories for several categories (including commercial litigation, professional regulation, medical negligence and personal injury) and praised for his “attention to detail, meticulous preparation and ability to innovate.”

Andrew obtained a qualification in Arbitration from Aberdeen University in 2017, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has appeared in arbitration hearings, and regularly provides advice to clients on contractual matters with a view to protecting their position in arbitration issues.