Barrister | Arbitrator | Mediator
Personal Injury Law: Star Silk: Chambers and Partners 2020. Band 1: Legal 500 (PI);
Winner of the Chambers UK Personal Injury / Clinical Negligence Silk of the Year 2015.
Winner of the Legal 500 Personal Injury / Clinical Negligence Silk of the Year 2014.
Described as approachable, dependable, warm with clients, a classy team player, focussed on the issues and hard working, Andrew has enormous experience in clinical negligence claims; personal injury law and long multi party catastrophic event Inquests.
Andrew's clinical negligence practice has recently involved cases concerning cerebral palsy caused by hypoxia at birth, failure to diagnose, urology, Spinal cord injury, cardiology and neurosurgery.
In the personal injury field Andrew has vast experience in catastrophic brain and spinal injury claims, fatal accident claims (for example Gavria & John v BP 2019), amputation claims, occupational health litigation, employers liability litigation (for example Corr v IBC, the suicide case, HL); Road Traffic claims, Motor Insurers Bureau law (for instance Lewington v MIB  EWHC EWHC 2848 and Road Traffic Insurance law (for instance Rafiq v MIB, CA).
Andrew is general editor of volumes 2, 3 and 4 of the leading Personal Injury text Kemp & Kemp: Quantum Of Damages and in recent years wrote 8 of the chapters in volume 1 and 2 liability chapters in Vol 2.
Andrew represented many victims of the Paddington rail disaster in their civil claims. He currently representes 5 bereaved families at the Croydon Tram crash Inquest. Andrew represents 12 bereaved families and 67 injured British nationals injured by the AL Qaeda terrorist attack on Sousse beach in Tunisia in their civil claims against TUI. He represented the families at the 6 week Inquest in the High Court in 2017. Andrew also represented the family of Carlos Estrada before the coroner at the 8 week Inquest into the Al Qaeda terrorist attack at In Amenas, Algeria. For most of the 69 witnesses, Andrew led the questioning for the bereaved families. The coroner's verdict included many findings of fact which highlighted the lack of security at the facility. Andrew represented two families in their civil claims against BP (settled without admission of liability).
Granted temporary rights of audience of the Cayman Island bar Andrew has experience of personal injury litigation in the Cayman Islands.
Andrew is trained and approved by the Bar Council to accept instructions directly from clients.
Andrew is a qualified PIcArbs Arbitrator and a trained and qualified Mediator.
Andrew is recommended in Chambers and Partners guide to the legal profession for many years, now as a grade 1 Queen's Counsel. Fellow professionals have commented over the years as follows:
Recommended in the Legal 500 UK Client's Guide to the Legal Profession for many years. Fellow professionals commented as follows:
"It has been an absolute pleasure to work with you on this case, and to say that you have all gone above and beyond for the clients would be an understatement. I can honestly say that I’ve never worked with members of chambers who’ve put their hearts and souls into a case in the way which you all did." (Jennifer Lund, Partner at Irwin Mitchell).
I just wanted to email to say how grateful I am for everything you have done on my case. Not many that are or have been in my situation have had the opportunity have someone as amazing as you defend them. Thanks to you and the outcome we received they won't have to worry on that front now.
A client, Charlie Lewington (September 2018)
thank you for your assistance in my case in conjunction with the rest of the legal team from Barcan Kirby.
At last, there was closure in Jan 2018 after a very stressful three and a half years for me and you managed with their help in obtaining my compensation. I think I am finally getting my life back together and managing to move.
Once again could not have done it without you.
"Thank you for your assistance in my case in conjunction with the rest of the legal team from Barcan Kirby.
At last, there was closure in January 2018 after a very stressful three and a half years for me and you managed with their help in obtaining my compensation. I think I am finally getting my life back together and managing to move.
Once again could not have done it without you."
"I wanted to say a sincere thank you for your brilliant performance as my advocate on Monday 4th December 2017. It was extraordinary to see such a skilful advocate succinctly and calmly representing the arguments. You are one of the few QC's that I can say have the ability to command an audience, be passionate, persuasive and deliver and I have used many as a Junior since I was called in 1991."
A Barrister client who was acquitted by the Inns of Court Tribunal of all BSB charges (2017).
"I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation for your invaluable work on my daughter S's case following her MVA in the UK in October 2009.
Having just settled the case after four and a half long years, I have been most impressed by both your and Daryl’s professionalism, patience, understanding, flexibility and humour despite the challenges faced with us residing 'down under'.
I have particularly appreciated you ensuring each step in the legal process was explained, in 'layman's' terms to ensure my discussions with S resulted in informed decisions being made.
As S’s 'litigation friend', your and Daryl’s approach gave me assurance and confidence during a very unfamiliar and challenging time – we could not have asked for a better representative.
Throughout the entire process, I have felt supported and well informed and it was evident we were all working together towards a common goal - S's best interest and to secure and protect her financial future.
Thanks to you both, S is now in a position to move forward in life and enjoy a more positive future."
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Andrew is passionate about ADR. He created PIcArbs the only arbitration system for personal injury and clicnial negligence claims in England and Wales and combined with collaborators, created the ADR e-filing software with DEF (disputes e-filing).
Andrew is a qualified PIcArbs Arbitrator and provides arbitrator services in personal injury and clincical negligence claims. For a copy of the arbitration agreement please click here.
Please contact Andrew's clerks for the fees for each service.
Andrew qualified as a mediator in 2019 and provides mediation services in personal injury and clinical negligence and workplace disputes. He is also registered with the Civil Mediation Council as a mediator.
Andrew's mediation agreement is available: click here.
Andrew provides neutral evaluation services in personal injury and clinical negligence claims.
Andrews NE agreement is available: Click here
Andrew is representing the families of some of those killed iin the Croydon tram crash at the Inquest.
Andrew Ritchie QC represented the families of 22 UK citizens murdered at the RIU Imperial Marhaba Hotel, Sousse, Tunisia during the 5-week inquest in the High Court in January / February 2017.
Press coverage includes:
Andrew Ritchie QC represented the family of Carlos Estrada before HM Assistant Coroner Nicholas Hillyard QC at the Inquest into the deaths at the BP gas facility at In Amenas in Algeria caused by a terrorist attack carried out by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb under the leadership of a man known as "Mokhtar Belmokhtar" and another known as "Lamine Bouchneb". Andrew led the questions posed by the relatvies of the deceased.
The verdict delivered in January 2015 contained many findings of fact about inadequate risk assessment, inadequate security and the total lack of armed guards at the gates to the accommodation facility.
The case report summary from Lawtel is available here.
The news item released on 18th February is available here.