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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)

International Arbitration

Andrew has a very extensive international arbitration practice. He has acted in relation to claims concerning projects in the United States, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, Turkey and Hong Kong; and in a substantial number of arbitrations relating to projects in the Middle East (including Qatar, Kuwait, the UAE, Oman and Saudia Arabia). His experience includes large-scale infrastructure projects, oil and gas facilities, process plants, de-salination plants, water treatment and sewerage plants, renewables, airports, roads, railways, shipbuilding, ports, cross-border sale of goods and a number of cases involving substantial insurance losses. He is familiar with a wide range of arbitral rules (ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, EDF, LMAA etc) and contracts (including FIDIC), and he has substantial experience of civil law systems in the Middle East.

Listed as a Leading Silk in Chambers UK (2019) and Legal 500 (2018)

Selected Cases

  • Acting for the EPC contractor in a $200m ICC arbitration in relation to claims for variations, extensions of time 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 in $multi-million LMAA shipbuilding arbitration relating to the design and construction of one of the largest vessels of its kind in the world. The issues arising included the scope of design obligations and the existence and treatment of design defects, payment obligations, the requirements for delivery and the obligations and entitlements to which delivery gave rise, delay (including issues of concurrency), disruption and loss and expense, issues relating to termination, liquidated damages, the operation of clauses relating to retention and security and exclusion and limitation of liability, restitution and waiver and estoppel. London seat and English substantive law
  • Acting on behalf of an African government in connection with a $30 million claim for extensions of time, variations and loss and expense arising out of a major infrastructure project in the first international arbitration (under EDF Rules) held in that country. Local seat and local substantive law
  • Acting on behalf of the contractor in a c$600 million ICC arbitration for arising out of the construction of an airport in the Middle East for (amongst other things) extensions of time (including issues of concurrency), loss and expense and disruption. The claim involves complex jurisdictional issues and detailed consideration of a contract based on the FIDIC Red Book. Middle Eastern seat and local substantive law
  • Acting on behalf of an African government in relation a c$200 million dispute concerning a major public building programme, involving complex issues as to jurisdiction, construction, misrepresentation, frustration, waiver and estoppel
  • 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 EPC project in the Middle East. The substantive hearing was preceded by a jurisdictional hearing as a result of which the initial tribunal resigned, and the main hearing involved complex issues of on-shore and off-shore custom and practice in relation to measurement and pricing and the application of local law. London seat and local substantive law
  • Acting for the employer in a $150m ICC oil and gas arbitration relating to the engineering, procurement 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 £100m LCIA arbitration arising out of a major EPC 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 on behalf of the contractor in a $500m ICC arbitration in relation to the construction of a major international sports stadium in the Middle East under a contract based on the FIDIC terms and conditions. After successfully resisting a jurisdictional challenge based on the alleged absence of timely notification of claims, the contractor pursued claims for variations, extensions of time and loss and expense. UAE seat and UAE substantive law
  • Acting on behalf of the successful Respondent in challenging the tribunal’s jurisdiction in a $multi-million ICC arbitration for variations, extensions of time and loss and expense in relation to the construction of an airport in the Middle East. London seat and English substantive law
  • Acting for the EPC 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. London seat and English substantive law
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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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