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Andrew Rigney KC

Call 1992 • KC 2010

"Exceptionally intelligent, extremely hard-working, impeccably mannered, a brilliant advocate, a wise strategist, and a thoroughly decent human being..."
(Legal 500, 2022)

Andrew Rigney KC is joint Head of Chambers

Andrew specialises in high value, complex litigation and international arbitration in the fields of construction, energy, insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence, property damage, commercial and conflicts of laws.

He is listed in Chambers Global 2023 and Legal 500 EMEA 2024, and as a global and national leader in Who’s Who Legal 2023. 

In Chambers UK 2024 and Legal 500 2024 he is listed as a Leading Silk in the fields of:

  • International arbitration
  • Construction
  • Energy & natural resources
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Professional negligence
  • Property damage

Andrew was shortlisted by Chambers UK for the award of Construction Silk of the Year in 2017 and International Arbitration Silk of the Year for 2021; and by Legal 500 for the award of Construction and Energy Silk of the Year for 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. He has recently been shortlisted by Legal 500 for English Bar in the Middle East: Construction Silk of the Year 2024. He is described in these Directories as:

“a fantastic QC” , an “eminent”, “absolutely brilliant” and “go-to” silk who is “sought after by clients around the globe”, “exceptional”, “phenomenal”, “a brilliant mind”, “an encyclopaedic brain”, “supremely clever”, “an intellectual heavyweight”, “incredibly intellectual”, “fiercely and exceptionally intelligent”, “extremely bright”, “incredibly gifted”, “astonishingly able”, “charm personified”, “impeccably-mannered”, “a true gentleman”, “one of the top QCs”, “absolutely first-rate”, “unflappable”, “incredibly responsive”, “an absolute pleasure” and a “delight” to “work with”, “fantastically user-friendly”, “a solicitor’s dream”, “exceptionally hard-working”, with “incredible legal skills and commercial acumen”, and a “truly impressive”, “brilliant”, “exceptional”, “superb”, “incredibly effective” and “top class” advocate who is “absolutely at the top of his field”, with a “razor-sharp intellect”, and a “devastating” and “ruthless” cross examiner who “gets the law right first time, every time”

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Qualifications


  • 1986-1989: Christ’s College, University of Cambridge (MA, English Tripos).
  • 1998-1990: Japan Exchange and Teach (“JET”) Programme: British Government/Japanese Government programme teaching English near Tokyo.
  • 1990-1991: The City University (Diploma in Law – with Distinction).
  • 1991-1992: Gray’s Inn: Uthwatt Scholar, Moots Award.
  • 1993: Gray’s Inn United States Moots Tour.

Memberships


  • LCIA, COMBAR, TECBAR, SCL, SCL (Gulf), LCLCBA, PNBA

Recommendations


“He’s actually one of the cleverest barristers I know and work with, combined with a genuine charm. He has an encyclopaedic brain.”…. “Andrew Rigney is simply second to none. His advocacy is brilliant, and his ability to distil complex issues into clear and concise advice and advocacy is very impressive.” … “He has fantastic knowledge and commercial understanding with excellent client skills.”

Chambers & Partners, 2024

“Andrew Rigney is my first choice of counsel on any case. He is absolutely brilliant – hard-working, easy to work with and astonishingly able.” … “He really nails cross-examination and his success rate is incredibly high.” … “He’s a solicitor’s dream, frankly. He’s responsive, brilliant and enormously effective.”

Chambers & Partners, 2024

‘Andrew’s intellectual strength goes without saying. But in addition, Andrew is a superb advocate with his quiet understated style belying a razor-sharp cross-examiner. He has turned a judge 180 degrees to his way of thinking on a number of occasions with persuasive but straightforward and very well-constructed arguments. Lastly, he is without any doubt the most client and solicitor-friendly KC at the construction Bar.’

Legal 500, 2024

‘Exceptional advocacy which is very clear, concise and persuasive. Very nice manner and easy to work with, reliable and available.’ … “Very hard working and not afraid to roll up his sleeves. He is excellent with clients and provides practical and commercial advice, always having the client’s objectives in mind. Really at the top of his game.”

Legal 500, 2024

‘Andrew’s contributions to the team are always invaluable – impressive intelligence and exceptional oral advocacy skills. His ability to present complex legal arguments in a clear and concise manner is truly impressive. His willingness to go above and beyond to ensure a positive outcome does not go unnoticed. User-friendly, sharp and creative, Andrew sees things that others don’t, and his work ethic is second to none.’

Legal 500, 2024

“Andrew is extremely bright, exceptionally hardworking, incredibly charming and an absolute pleasure to work with. He has a rare quality of being very charming in his dealings with the tribunal so as to command respect at all times, yet at the same time conducting cross-examination robustly and aggressively as required… His work is meticulous, considered and precise, and solicitors and lay clients really value what he has to say… Andrew is detail oriented and an excellent communicator. He is also charming; the sort of silk who you want to introduce to clients as you know they will warm to him…Happy to roll his sleeves up, he is extremely bright and grasps the technical detail of energy disputes incredibly quickly, and his advocacy is impressive…Great to work with and meticulous in his analysis. Andrew becomes a real team member and there are no airs and graces.”

Legal 500, 2023

“.. eminent silk…sought after by clients around the globe…a brilliant mind with a great eye for detail. A delight to work with…fiercely intelligent, can recite case law in his sleep…an exceptional and superb advocate…very impressive when cross-examining expert witnesses … absolutely at the top of his field… incredibly responsive and very on top of the detail… a true gentlemen – very hard-working and charming while also being a very effective cross-examiner…”

Chambers & Partners, 2023

“Exceptionally intelligent, extremely hard-working, impeccably mannered, a brilliant advocate, a wise strategist, and a thoroughly decent human being…”… “Extremely personable, focused and brilliant, supportive and thoughtful of instructing counsel, a pleasure to work with.”… “Attentive, thoughtful, commercially-minded, intelligent and very easy to work with, he commands great respect from his peers.”

Legal 500, 2022

“an eminent” and “go-to” silk with an “unbelievable interest in the detail of a case”. “He is phenomenal…exceptional team player..” “ Andrew is fantastic….very experienced advocate….pleasure to work with” “… an exemplary QC with.. incredible legal skills and commercial acumen” “…an incredibly effective advocate” and “fantastically user-friendly”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“Tremendous: enthusiastic, hardworking, smooth with clients and imbued with a calm authority.”

Legal 500 EMEA, 2021

“…extremely thorough and clever…a ruthless cross-examiner… phenomenally good with clients… gives them comfort and confidence…an absolute pleasure to work with, extremely accommodating and willing to go the extra mile…very impressive, calm and intellectual… respected lawyer who is well liked by judges…his standout strength is his technical ability and his breadth of knowledge across insurance, construction and arbitration issues… a superb command of the subject matter of any case…”

Chambers & Partners, 2021


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