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 arising out of very substantial projects 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, a number of international airports, the de-commissioning of a nuclear power station, a naval base, a co-location headquarters for the Ministry of Defence, hotels, roads, rail, process plants, water treatment plants, de-salination plants, sewerage plants, (ii) energy and natural resources (both onshore and offshore) including waste energy plants, CHP and the largest renewables plant of its kind in the world (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, the Indian sub-continent, 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 wide 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 (including Business Interruption); and he has acted in relation to some of the largest domestic and international losses. He had been advising in relation to the effect of COVID-19 in the context of a number of worldwide Business Interruption and Material Damage wordings, and was instructed by Zurich in the FCA coronavirus test case (FCA v Arch et al), a landmark insurance claim to determine whether certain non-damage BI wordings provide cover in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first instance judgment of Flaux LJ and Butcher J is at  EWHC 2448 (Comm) and  Lloyds Rep IR 527, and the judgment of the Supreme Court is at  UKSC 1.
Andrew also has substantial experience of conflicts of laws and jurisdictional challenges (including cases involving the Brussels Regulation and Rome Regulations), and of civil law systems in the Middle East, including issues of Egyptian, UAE, Qatari, Kuwaiti and Omani law.
Andrew is listed as a global and national leader in Who’s Who Legal 2020 and is listed in Chambers Global 2020, and Legal 500 EMEA 2021. In addition, he is recognised as a Leading Silk and by Chambers UK 2021 and Legal 500 2021 in the fields of:
- International Arbitration
- Energy & Natural Resources
- Insurance & Reinsurance
- Property Damage
- Professional Negligence
Andrew has been shortlisted by Chambers and Partners for Construction Silk of the Year in 2017 and by the Legal 500 for the award of Construction and Energy Silk of the Year for 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and was recently shortlisted by Chambers and Partners for International Arbitration Silk of the Year 2021.
He is described in these Directories as “a fantastic QC” and “an eminent silk” who is “sought after by clients around the globe”, “exceptional”, “supremely clever”, “an intellectual heavyweight”, “very bright”, “incredibly gifted’, “charm personified”, “one of the top QCs”, “absolutely first-rate”, “unflappable”, “an absolute pleasure and a delight to work with”, “exceptionally hard-working”, a “truly impressive”, “superb” and “top class” advocate with a “razor-sharp intellect”, and a “devastating” and “ruthless” cross examiner who “gets the law right first time, every time”.View full profile »
- Crown Office Chambers ranked in Chambers Global 2021 for Construction
- Supreme Court hands down its judgment in COVID-19 test case – Andrew Rigney QC and Caroline McColgan
- 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
“Extremely bright and meticulous – a first-class silk!”; “He is ferociously hardworking, utterly charming, forensic, responsive and eloquent.”; “A fantastic QC with a great eye for detail”
Legal 500, 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
“…extremely clever, invariably charming, incredibly hardworking and a persuasive advocate”; “a fantastic QC with a great eye for detail; his client care is second to none”; “unfailingly diligent, charm personified, willing to roll his sleeves up and get in the trench with you…”
Legal 500, 2020
“Eminent silk…incredibly intellectual, phenomenally hard-working and accessible…phenomenal in his client handling and willingness to roll his sleeves up; a superb advocate…very thorough, very rigorous, very clear and a delight to work with…he is sought after by clients around the globe…very bright, easy to work with and a team player…unflappable and an excellent advocate…”
Chambers & Partners, 2020
“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, 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, 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, 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, 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 & Partners, 2017
“..one 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