Andrew Ritchie QC

Call: 1985 Silk: 2009

"just awesome in court"

(2021 Legal 500)

Described as approachable, dependable, a classy team player, tough on the issues and hardworking, Andrew has enormous experience in clinical negligence and personal injury law.

In clinical negligence Andrew’s recent cases concerned brain damage at birth, Cauda Equina Syndrome and failure to diagnose cord damage leading to paraplegia.

Andrew’s recent multi-party fatal accident claims include: Gavria & John v BP (2019) the In Amenas terrorist attack case; Richards v TUI (current) the Souse beach murders case.

In occupational health and employers liability litigation he represented the successful widow in Corr v IBC (HL), the leading case on causation and suicide. In road traffic claims and Motor Insurers Bureau law see Lewington v MIB [2017] EWHC 2848 and Rafiq v MIB, CA.

Inquests and Inquiries: Andrew represented 24 families of those murdered in the terrorist attack on Sousse beach in Tunisia at the 6 week Inquest in the High Court in 2017. Andrew also represented the family of Carlos Estrada at the 8 week Inquest into the terrorist attack at In Amenas, Algeria. For most of the 69 witnesses, Andrew led the questioning for the bereaved families.

Legal Texts: Andrew edits volumes 2, 3 and 4 of Kemp & Kemp: Quantum of Damages and in recent years wrote 8 of the chapters in volume 1. He was founding general Editor of Kemp Law Practice and Procedure and is general editor of MIB Claims (Lexis).

Expertise

Andrew has vast experience of medical negligence cases. In recent years these have covered cerebral palsy from mismanagement at birth, paraplegia from spinal injury mismanagement and cauda equina.

Notable Clinical Negligence cases


P v Medway [2015]

Representing a man in his late 50s with bladder cancer who whilst receiving a replacement bladder suffered hemiplegia due to spinal haematoma caused by failed epidural injections for anaesthesia and inadequate onward surveillance post operatively. P ran an investment brokerage raising finance for hedge funds. Loss of opportunity to make future profits was in issue. Settled for £1.7 million plus PPOS for care.

AM v (1) Dr Shah (2) Medway Community Healthcare (3) Medway NHS Foundation Trust [2018]

Representing a 65-year-old retired IT consultant in a delayed diagnosis of cervical spine abscess. The Trust eventually admitted breach of duty and a large settlement was reached.

H v Imperial College Hospital [2017]

Representing a 60 year old man with pre-existing Ankylosing Spondylitis who suffered a missed diagnosis of spinal haematoma and increased spinal chord symptoms as a result. Settled for £1.5 million lump sum.

A v Medway [2016]

representing a mid-60s retired mill manager who Medway Hospital failed to diagnose as having a cervical spine fracture after a fall, settled for £1.5 million plus PPOS of £215,000 pa.

P v Medway [2015]

representing a man in his late 50s with bladder cancer who whilst receiving a replacement bladder suffered hemiplegia due to spinal haematoma caused by failed epidural injections for anaesthesia and inadequate onward surveillance post operatively. P ran an investment brokerage raising finance for hedge funds. Loss of opportunity to make future profits was in issue. Settled for £1.7 million plus PPOS for care.

W v South Yorkshire HA [2012]

Sheffield, acting for a child who suffered athetoid cerebral palsy due to negligence intubation during resuscitation after birth. Approved award: £2 million plus PPOS of £112,400 pa for life.

Andrew leads teams of high quality professionals, solicitors and barristers who identify and construct vital, necessary and appropriate personal injury claims.

Injured people whose lives are ruined or degraded by serious injuries need rehabilitation, help and support. Andrew and his teams work hard to provide real help as well as to evidence these claims, choosing and focussing medical and other experts and gathering documents and witnesses.

Most of Andrew’s work arises from fatalities or serious injuries caused on roads, or at work, or from terrorist atrocities.
Andrew also has a renowned expertise in MIB claims.

Notable Personal Injury cases


BA v CT [2020]

Andrew represented the mother of two children who suffered brain damage and polytrauma as a result of a road traffic accident in which the car rolled. She was not wearing a seat belt. The settlement was approved by the High Court for a lump sum of £7.1 million net of contributory negligence of 15%, covering future loss of earnings, care and new single level accommodation and deputy fees for lack of capacity.

X v Y [2012]

Approved by Eady J, Representing a 16 year old man who suffered severe brain damage in a road traffic accident. Liability admitted, quantum settled at £2.2 million lump sum plus PPOS of £71,000 pa increasing by RPI.

Thornhill v Bagas

[2017] EWHC 1513 (QB) represented a 34 year old man who suffered a road traffic accident at traffic lights. After 7 operations his right leg was amputated below the knee. The Defendants denied liability and the Claimant secured judgment at a trial in June 2017. The Quantum was settled at a JSM on 4.3.2019 for a lump sum of £3 million including two powered BIOM prosthetics with a water limb for life on a 5 year revolving renewal cycle.

B v Wigan [2017]

Representing a male off licence owner in his 50s injured on a road traffic accident who suffered a below the knee amputation. Settled for £2 million.

Vaghji v MarkerStudy [2012]

Representing a one legged man who worked as a bus driver who lost his other leg in a road traffic accident. Recovering £1,300,000 in damages.

Corr v IBC [2008] UKHL 13

Representing the successful Claimant in her Fatal Accident Act claim arising from the suicide of her husband caused by the Defendant’s negligence 6 years earlier. Employers liability, kind of harm, forseeability and causation.

Notable MIB cases


Lewington v MIB [2017]

EWHC 2848, Andrew won the appeal against the MIB arbitrator’s decision. This case effectively destroyed the “off road vehicle” defence run by insurers and the MIB for decades to avoid paying compensation to the innocent victims of road accidents just because the offending driver was in an off road vehicle.

Habtu v Mckenzie & MIB [2012]

The Claimant who Andrew represented was injured in a road traffic accident by an uninsured driver. He suffered severe brain injuries, hip fractures and needed constant care and support with a case manager. Case settled for £1 million plus periodical payments of £72,500 per annum for life.

Carswell v Sec of State & MIB [2010] EWHC 3230 (QB)

Representing a widow asserting that the Untraced Drivers Agreement 2003 was drafted in breach of European Law because it fails to provide adequately for the claimants legal costs.

Phillips v Rafiq & Motor Insurers Bureau [2007] EWCA Civ 74

Fatal accident claim, interpretation of the Uninsured Drivers Agreement 1999 – representing the successful widow of the deceased could claim damages from the MIB despite her husband knowing that the driver was uninsured.

Miller v QBE [2006] EWHC 1529

Statutory interpretation of the Road Traffic Act 1988 S.145 – the Claimant police officer was not an employee of the insured hence able to claim compensation from the insurer under S.151 for his serious injuries when a criminal ran him down in a police car.

A v MIB [2012]

Appeal to the arbitrator against an award of £1,900,000 made by the MIB in a hit and run case under the Untraced Drivers Agreement 1996. The arbitrator Frank Burton QC, increased the award to £2,600,000.

Andrews v MIB [2012] (Mr Justice Stuart-Smith QC)

Lawtel. Appeal to an arbitrator against the MIB refusal to make any award to a paraplegic man under the Untraced Drivers Agreement 2003. 3 day hearing. Award: the MIB were held liable and ordered to pay the costs in full, not as limited by the Untraced Drivers Agreement 2003.

Notable Inquests & Inquiries cases


Croydon Tram Crash Inquest

Andrew is representing the families of some of those killed in the Croydon tram crash at the Inquest in 2021.

Inquest Into the terrorist attack at Sousse, Tunisia 2017

Andrew Ritchie QC represented the families of 22 UK citizens murdered at the RIU Imperial Marhaba Hotel, Sousse, Tunisia during the 5 week inquest. The narrative verdict forms the springboard for the current civil action against TUI by 84 claimants which Andrew leads.

Inquest into the terrorist attack at In Amenas, Algeria 2015

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. Andrew led the questions posed by the relatives 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.

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  • BA Magdalene College, Cambridge
  • Barrister; Arbitrator; Mediator

  • Fellow of APIL
  • Member of PIBA
  • Member of CIArb

  • QC 2009
  • Chair of PIBA 2014-2016
  • Head of Chambers 2013-2019
  • Legal Services Commission appeal panel 1997-1999
  • Fellow Magdalene College Cambridge and College Advocate

"He is fantastically astute and absolutely at the top of his game. An incredibly talented advocate."

2021 Chambers & Partners

"Star Silk 2021"

Chambers and Partners

"A powerhouse, no-nonsense QC who is able to grasp difficult matters quickly."

2020 Chambers & Partners

"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."

(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."

Claimant client

"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

"Very personable and easy to deal with."

2021 edition (Personal Injury Star Individual)

"He is fantastically astute and absolutely at the top of his game. An incredibly talented advocate."

2021 edition (Personal Injury Star Individual)

"He has immense attention to detail and always gets the job done - he is a go-to barrister for an honest and upfront approach."

2021 edition (Personal Injury Star Individual)

"A powerhouse, no-nonsense QC who is able to grasp difficult matters quickly."

2020 edition (Personal Injury Star Individual)

"He is phenomenal in personal injury litigation. He's good with clients and very bright." "A standout silk with a fine reputation for handling the full panoply of clinical negligence cases."

2019 edition

"Fantastically astute and absolutely at the top of his field. An incredibly talented advocate." "Always prepared to argue difficult points. Sharp, direct and skilful."

2018 edition

"He is incredible, no waffle to him at all. He knows exactly what needs to be done, he's totally precise and concise. He is fantastic and commands the whole courtroom. He's a very skilful advocate, authoritative and fantastic with clients."

2017 edition

"He is the cream of the crop, a no-nonsense QC who cuts right to the key issues. When you have a high-value clinical negligence claim, he can juggle complex liability and quantum concerns. He is also excellent with experts and good at reassuring with clients."

2014 edition

"He is thoroughly prepared and in my view is just awesome in court."

Legal 500 UK 2021

"He is one of the best barristers around for clinical negligence. He gives clear robust advice and has a no-nonsense approach."

Legal 500- 2019 edition

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