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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)

Energy & Natural Resources

Andrew’s extensive energy & natural resources practice includes large scale projects in the United Kingdom and overseas. He is familiar with a wide range of standard forms and a wide range of arbitral rules; and he has acted in relation to claims concerning projects in the United States, the Caribbean, Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Middle East (including the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia) as well as in the United Kingdom. In addition, Andrew has substantial experience of civil law systems in the Middle East.

Listed as a Leading Silk in Legal 500 (2018)

 

Selected Cases

  • Acting for the contractor in a $200m ICC arbitration in relation to claims for variations, extensions of time (including issues of concurrency) and loss and expense relating to the design and construction of a polysilicon plant in the Middle East, including issues as to design obligations, liquidated damages, limitations of liability clauses and waiver and estoppel. London seat and English substantive law
  • Acting for the Japanese sub-contractor in a £30 million ICC arbitration in relation to the construction of a substantial process plant in the north east of England relating to variations, delay (including issues of concurrency), loss and expense and disruption
  • Acting for the employer in a $150m ICC oil and gas arbitration relating to the design and construction of a major Gas Processing Plant in the Middle East, involving (amongst other things) issues relating to variations, delay (including issues of concurrency), loss and expense, notices, waiver and estoppel and liquidated damages. London seat and English substantive law
  • Acting for the employer in a $3billion ICC oil and gas arbitration relating to the measurement and valuation of work in connection with a very substantial project in the Middle East. The substantive hearing was preceded by a jurisdictional hearing as a result of which the initial tribunal resigned. London seat and local substantive law
  • Acting in a £multi-million oil and gas dispute in the TCC arising out of a project for the design and construction of a FPSO as part of a $5billion project involving issues as to design, extensions of time, variations, loss and expense and the operability of a liquidated damages clause
  • Acting for the employer in a £100m LCIA arbitration arising out of a major oil and gas project in the Middle East, involving claims for extensions of time (including issues of concurrency), loss and expense and variations, and questions relating to the proper construction of clauses providing for the limitation of liability and exclusive remedies. London seat and local substantive law
  • Acting in £multi-million dispute arising out of a PFI contract in relation to construction of a gas pipeline in the UK
  • Acting in a $multi-million LCIA arbitration arising out of the design of a water treatment plant in Eastern Europe involving issues as to design and quality and fitness under the Sale of Goods Act 1979 and the Supply and Sale of Goods Act 1982
  • Acting in relation to a $multi-million dispute concerning the construction of a major plant in the US in involving issues as to the effect of certain warranties and limitation of liability clauses
  • Acting on behalf of the contractor in relation to a $several hundred million ICC arbitration concerning a major renewable energy plant in Europe giving rise to issues as to design and issues under the Sale of Goods Act 1979 and the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 as to quality and fitness, as well as issues in relation to limitation of liability and exclusive remedies provisions
  • Acting in relation to a £multi-million dispute arising out of the application of a clause providing for relief from liquidated damages during interim operation in connection with a waste to energy plant constructed under a PFI project in the UK
  • Acting on behalf of the contractor in a £40 million TCC dispute in relation to defects in the design and construction of a CCGT power station in the UK
  • Advising in relation to a £multi-million TCC claim relating to the design and operation of a CHP system at a hospital constructed under a PFI contract in the UK
  • Acting in relation to a £tens of millions dispute arising out of the construction of a CCGT power station in the Caribbean involving (amongst other things) questions as to the applicability of an exclusive remedies clause
  • Advising in relation to a $multi-million dispute arising out of the decommissioning of nuclear power station in Eastern Europe
  • Advising in connection with matters of contractual construction in connection with a $50 million dispute relating to a power plant project in Asia
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Qualifications


  • 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)

Memberships


  • 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

Recommendations


“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

“..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

“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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