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Andrew Rigney QC

Call 1992 • QC 2010

"incredibly clever...a joy to work with, and a very gifted cross- examiner."
(Chambers UK)

Andrew Rigney QC has an extensive domestic and international practice, which encompasses a wide range of civil and commercial work. He specialises in large-scale disputes involving complex factual and technical evidence, leading large multi-disciplinary (and often multi-national) teams of lawyers and experts.

Andrew’s areas of expertise include (i) construction and engineering disputes (both in the TCC and in domestic and international arbitration) including, amongst other things, large infrastructure projects, ports, shipbuilding, airports, hotels, roads, rail, process plants, water treatment plants, de-salination plants, sewerage plants, waste energy plants, CHP and renewables (ii) energy and natural resources (both onshore and offshore) (iii) international arbitration (iv) insurance and reinsurance (v) professional indemnity work (in particular engineers, architects, surveyors, solicitors and accountants) (vi) property damage and (vii) commercial litigation including sale of goods, financial instruments, aviation leasing agreements and product liability.

He is familiar with a wide range of standard forms (including JCT, ICE, NEC, FIDIC, IChemE, PPC, TPC, ACE, RIBA etc) and PFI contracts, and a wide range of arbitral rules (ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, EDF and LMAA etc); and he has acted in relation to claims concerning projects in the United States, the Caribbean, Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, Turkey, Hong Kong and the Middle East (including the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia) as well as in the United Kingdom.

So far as coverage work is concerned, he has extensive experience of disputes involving CAR/EAR policies (including, in particular, the operation of DE and LEG clauses (and clauses based on them)) and Public Liability, Product Liability and Employers’ Liability policies; and he has acted in relation to some of the largest domestic and international losses.

Andrew also has extensive experience of conflicts of laws and jurisdictional challenges (including cases involving the Brussels Regulation and Rome Regulations), and substantial experience of civil law systems in the Middle East, including issues of Egyptian, UAE, Qatari, Kuwaiti and Omani law.


Andrew is listed in Who’s Who Legal 2018 and Chambers Global 2019, and Legal 500 EMEA 2019, and is recognised as a Leading Silk and by Chambers UK 2019 and Legal 500 2018 in the fields of:

  • International Arbitration
  • Construction
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Property Damage
  • Professional Negligence

Andrew has been shortlisted by the Legal 500 for the award of Construction and Energy Silk of the Year for 2017, 2018 and 2019 and by Chambers and Partners for Construction Silk of the Year in 2017.

He is described in these Directories as “an eminent silk”, “exceptional”, “supremely clever, “an intellectual heavyweight”, “incredibly gifted, “charm personified”, “one of the top QCs”, “absolutely first-rate”, “an absolute pleasure to work with”, “exceptionally hard-working”, a “truly impressive” and “top class” advocate with a “razor-sharp intellect”, and a “devastating” and “ruthless” cross examiner.

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


  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Technology and Construction Bar Association (former Committee member)
  • Society of Construction Law
  • Society of Construction Law (Gulf)
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • LCIA


“Eminent silk who regularly acts in high- value litigation and arbitration in the UK and internationally. His work on construction cases in the energy sector elicits particular praise…exceptional service…real team player… a considerable intellect, great attention to detail and very incisive cross-examination…A truly impressive advocate”

Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2019

“Intellectual heavyweight, impeccably polite, a top-class advocate and gets the law right first time, every time…. Intellectually very sharp….charming, diligent, courteous, incredibly hardworking – just an all round delight to work with.”

Legal 500 2018

“He is exceptional, particularly on construction and engineering cases…”

Legal 500 2018

“He has all of the qualities you want in a silk: intellectual ability, good advocacy and incredibly sound advice. He’s invariably excellent…Very measured and very thoughtful. He has a very sensible approach to all the issues.”

Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2018

“An extremely nice person to deal with, who in spite of his pleasant demeanor is utterly ruthless in cross-examination. He appreciates that the devil is in the detail and focuses on the key points…Provides quality advice and quality service. He gets very involved and will always give you an honest opinion up front.”

Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2018

“Not only is he an absolute pleasure to work with, he is extremely intelligent and hard-working…One of the most user-friendly and technically gifted insurance silks. He is very calm under pressure, exceptionally hard-working and very enthusiastic.”

Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2018

“He is sought after by clients around the globe…Tireless work ethic…an excellent lawyer…He’s ahead of everybody else in the room…Eminent silk technically excellent and exceptionally user friendly.”

Chambers UK 2017

“ of the top QCs in this field – he is intellectually sharp, a real team player, great on his feet, an incisive cross-examiner and fantastic with clients.”

Who's Who Legal UK Bar: Construction 2017

“His infectious energy and drive make him a class act in court…An outstandingly clever barrister.”

Legal 500 2016

“Absolutely first-rate and a delight to work with.”

Chambers UK 2016

“He has a razor-sharp intellect and fantastic attention to detail.”

Legal 500 2015

“A charming and persuasive advocate, a first rate mind and meticulous preparer….supremely gifted, charm personified… supremely clever…incredibly gifted…a devastating cross examiner…”

Legal 500 2014, 2013, 2012

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