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Andrew Davis QC

Call 1996 • QC 2021

“He is very tough and a good, forensic barrister.”; “His technical ability and attention to detail are very impressive and he is always on top of his game.”
(Chambers & Partners, 2021)

Product Liability

Andrew has acted alone and, when he was Junior, with a Leader in numerous products claims in both serious injury and property damage claims. He is particularly interested in claims with an engineering and scientific background, although has acted in a wide range of claims.

Claims he has dealt with have involved a very wide array of products from vehicles to leisure equipment to appliances to foodstuffs. His most recent claims include the alleged failure of a motorcycle braking system on a ‘hybrid’ custom motorcycle said to have resulted in catastrophic injuries for the rider; a claim in respect of the failure of a lorry tyre in France which gave rise to a dependency claim advanced in the region of €200m; a claim in respect of allegedly unsafe hang gliding equipment which was claimed to have failed mid-flight; a very substantial claim in respect of allegedly defective pumping equipment the failure of which resulted in serious flooding; and a claim for allegedly poisoned fish served in a restaurant, where the supplier for whom he acts sits in a long chain of supply. All gave rise to highly complex scientific and engineering issues. He typically acts for insurers / manufacturers but also acts for Claimants.

Andrew has also been involved in claims involving major public and private technical products and projects, including claims in respect of a defective underslung bridge gantry; and a complex warehouse materials distribution and picking system.

Andrew is well-used to, and particularly enjoys, dealing with the often complex mechanical, technical and/or epidemiological issues which arise and exploring and marshalling the lay and expert evidence required.

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Qualifications


  • (1990 – 1994) University of Birmingham, LLB Hons
  • (1994 – 1995) University of Manchester, Part-time law tutor and research into the ethics and law of foetal research
  • (1995 – 1996) Inns of Court School of Law

Memberships


  • Personal Injury Bar Association (Executive Committee member and Membership Officer)
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association

He is an accredited advocacy trainer, teaching advocacy at Gray’s Inn.

Recommendations


“A very perceptive and intelligent barrister. He is incredibly helpful and approachable and has a sound and commercial mind. He also makes his clients feel reassured and in very safe hands in the cut and thrust of litigation.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“Andrew is an extremely sophisticated and effective operator.”

Legal 500, 2022

“Undoubtedly one of the standout senior juniors in personal injury.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He is very tough and a good, forensic barrister.”; “His technical ability and attention to detail are very impressive and he is always on top of his game.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“He’s incredible on his feet in court and is really good at producing strong summaries for clients.” “Very good on detail, manages experts and evidence adroitly, drives decent outcomes and is a very good advocate.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

“His attention to detail on complex jurisdictional matters is second to none.”

Legal 500, 2020

“He is always in control and never shies away from a challenge”

Legal 500, 2019

“He is extremely knowledgeable in this field and has a good, clear advocacy style…He takes an analytical approach to everything he does, marrying top-notch technical ability with a mastery of technology to ensure that clients have everything they could possibly require.”

Chambers & Partners, 2019

“Andrew has a brain the size of Canada and excellent knowledge. He is always happy to assist and very good with clients. He has significant experience on issues of applicable law and is a joy to instruct. He has achieved exceptional results for us.”

Chambers & Partners, 2018

“He’s extremely bright, cuts through the issues quickly and is extremely good in court…He is disarmingly charming, bright, able and a wonderful negotiator.”

Chambers & Partners, 2017

“He is very good on cases where machinery failure causes injury.”

Chambers & Partners, 2016

“Quite simply the best communicator with his instructing solicitor.”

Legal 500, 2016


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