Andrew Davis specialises in personal injury (particularly claims which are high value / complex), commercial and IT, insurance and property damage. His approach combines getting firmly to grips with the detail of each case whilst always keeping in sharp focus the tactical and financial advantages to be gained or sought. He acts for both Claimants and Defendants in the fields of insurance, property damage and personal injury and for both clients and IT specialists / contractors in the IT field.
He regularly assists in the preparation of and appears at mediations in each of his areas of practice.
Andrew has been recognised by the Legal 500 as the Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence Junior of the Year in the Legal 500’s 2019 awards.
Andrew acts in both contentious and non-contentious matters. He has acted in a wide range of commercial and contractual disputes in the Court of Appeal, Commercial Court, Mercantile Court, Queen’s Bench Division, Technology and Construction Court and County Courts.
More notable recent claims include those arising out of the sale and supply of goods and services, claims brought by and against estate agents and employment agencies and recovery claims. He acted for Foxtons in OFT v Foxtons (the Renewal Commission test case) prior to litigation, in the High Court and in the Court of Appeal. He has provided commercial advice to others in respect of the consumer protection legislation and the enforceability of terms. He has also recently acted in a multi-million pound international pharmaceutical product licensing dispute, which involved contentious issues (including jurisdiction) and non-contentious issues, including the drafting of replacement agreements and settlement agreements.
Non-contentious work includes drafting, advising on proposed contractual wordings and advising on appropriate steps to be taken in ‘pre-emptive’ commercial issues.
In relation to IT claims, he has experience in a wide variety of claims including cases involving consulting, hardware and software provisioning and integration (including complex systems). These have ranged from small IT consultancy / provisioning contracts to multi-million pound IT integration contracts. Having a background in IT before the Bar, he has a particular interest in claims with an IT, scientific or technical nature.
Andrew regularly deals with policy and coverage disputes of all types whether as freestanding claims (including declaratory relief) or forming part of commercial, construction or personal injury disputes.
Other than policy interpretation, issues have included non-disclosure, late (and non) notification, rights and duties of insurers in respect of (and against) their policyholders, fraud and brokers’ duties. He acts for both insurers and policyholders in claims of all values, both alone and with a Leader. He has a particular specialisation in the insurance aspects of the compulsory motor insurance provisions both in the UK and the EU.
He has also advised in relation to claims before the Financial Ombudsman Service.
Catastrophic Injury Claims
Andrew is very experienced in both brain and spinal injury claims. He has appeared in high profile claims which have included such issues as life expectancy (and the appropriate method for calculating of life expectancy multipliers – in particular Burton v Kingsbury and Crofts v Murton), competing care regimes, interim payments (including Eeles Schedules / Counterschedules and evidence), Ogden adjustments, local authority care provision and reverse indemnities. He regularly advises on periodical payments, including issues such as indexation and amendments to the Model Order; he has also advised extensively on issues of ‘security’ for the purposes of the Damages Act, including with regard to foreign insurers.
He is well used to the conduct, preparation and settlement of claims both with and without a Leader. He regularly appears in mediations and settlement conferences. In addition to the Reported Cases set out under the link to the left, Andrew has been actively involved over the last year in the settlement of several claims with gross values in excess of £1m (as sole counsel) and one in excess of £6m.
He lectures widely on catastrophic claims and the Ogden Tables and is particularly interested in the practicalities of the law and maths of how the Tables are best implemented to each client’s advantage.
Chronic Pain & Similar Conditions
Andrew’s practice increasingly involves cases of chronic pain syndrome, psychologically mediated chronic pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, CRPS, somatic disorders and other related conditions, to the extent that he now has particular experience in the area. He regularly advises on and has fought a number of such claims (for both sides). He has lectured on the relevant issues and has developed significant experience in dealing with the lay and expert issues which arise and, in particular, in advising as to appropriate tactics which can be adopted / deployed.
Andrew has advised on, settled and fought a number of high value fatal accident cases, including several cases with multi-million pound dependency claims.
Employers’ Liability & Public Liability Claims
He undertakes the full range of claims including claims against local authorities and public services, occupiers’ liability, manual handling, workplace accidents, workplace stress, workplace bullying, defective work equipment and highway tripping accidents. He also regularly advises on related insurance issues.
International Claims & Jurisdiction
Andrew has extensive experience in advising and advocacy in claims regarding accidents abroad and other foreign / holiday claims, including PL, EL, occupiers’ liability, motor claims and product liability; and in respect of both UK nationals and foreign nationals (injured both in the UK and abroad). He regularly represents parties in claims of all sizes up to those of maximum severity and has experience of injuries in a number of European and non-European jurisdictions.
He is well-used to advising on the law and tactics of issues of applicable law, jurisdiction (including cases of competing / multiple jurisdiction) and appropriate forum; and in representing parties in hearings with regard to such issues.
He regularly deals with foreign law and other experts with regard to issues of liability, quantum and tactics.
He also has significant experience in respect of accidents occurring offshore, on ships, yachts and installations, both in an advisory role and at trial.
Road Traffic & Fraud
He has wide experience in cases of all values and complexities, including those involving expert reconstruction evidence. He has regularly advised in respect of the compulsory insurance scheme, the MIB (both uninsured and untraced drivers) and issues of liability, insurance and jurisdiction in international cases. He regularly advises in cases (RTA and other claims) suspected of involving fraud and lectures widely on surveillance and fraud issues.
Andrew is experienced in industrial disease claims, including Noise Induced Hearing Loss, mesothelioma, WRULD, VWF, HAVS, asthma, COSSH and dermatitis.
Andrew has also undertaken and still undertakes claims involving product liability, in particular claims arising out of product design, and claims under the Criminal Injuries Compensation schemes.
Andrew acts for both Claimants and Defendants in property damage cases. He has long experience of claims involving damage by fire / explosion, flood and contamination, including fraudulent claims.
He has also conducted a significant number of tree root-induced subsidence claims of all sizes, from minor losses to multi-million pound claims, together with consequential claims, including boundary disputes and tree ownership / maintenance responsibility. Claims have related to damage to single buildings up to an entire London terrace.
As a result of his experience in this area, he is well accustomed to dealing with complex issues of causation, Party Wall issues and issues arising out of the suggested negligence of construction professionals advising both claimants and defendants in such cases.
- Andrew Davis awarded Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence Junior of the Year at The Legal 500 UK Awards 2019
- Legal 500 UK Awards 2019
- High value interim payment applications with a negative discount rate
- Settlement in JR v Sheffield Hospitals: Roberts v Johnstone remains in suspended animation
- Inns of Court School of Law (1995 – 1996)
- LLB Hons, University of Birmingham (1990 – 1994)
- Commercial Bar Association
- London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
- Personal Injury Bar Association
“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 UK Bar 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 UK Bar 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
“He has detailed knowledge of the application of the Brussels Regulation and Rome II.”
Chambers & Partners 2015
“He’s very clever and hard-working, and impresses both in conference and on paper.”
Chambers & Partners 2015
“He is fantastically responsive. Just what a solicitor in this field needs nowadays.”
Legal 500 2015
“He is adept at handling complications in already high-value claims, and is good on cases with elements of fraud.”
Chambers & Partners 2014
“Fully expected to go far.”
Legal 500 2014
“Instructing solicitors praise him for his balanced approach to cases.”
Chambers & Partners 2013