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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)

Professional Liability

Andrew’s wide range of professional indemnity work includes claims against engineers, architects, surveyors, solicitors, quantity surveyors, brokers and accountants, with a particular emphasis on claims arising out of major construction and engineering projects.

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

 

Selected Cases

  • Advising in relation to a £multi-million claim against the architect and the structural engineer in connection with a collapse of a roof at a hotel
  • Advising on a £multi-million claim against the architect and structural engineer in relation to defects in the design and construction of an extension to a factory which resulted in a dust explosion
  • Acting in relation to a £multi-million claim against the main contractor, architect and structural engineer in relation to (amongst other things) the defective design of a leisure centre in the North of England
  • Acting on behalf of engineers in relation to c$100m dispute in relation to the design of a port
  • Advising as to liability of geotechnical engineers in relation to the collapse of a railway cutting in the Midlands
  • Acting in multimillion LCIA arbitration arising out of allegations of defective design in respect of a recycling plant in the Middle East
  • Acting on behalf of the insurers of an employer in a £multi-million claim against architects and engineers in relation to the design of a London hospital arising out of a major fire
  • Acting in $multi-million LMAA shipbuilding arbitration relating to (amongst other things) the design of one of the largest vessels of its kind in the world
  • Acting in £multi-million LCIA arbitration in relation to a claim against designers of a water treatment plant in Eastern Europe
  • Acting in relation to a £multi-million dispute in relation to the design of a flood alleviation scheme in South East England
  • Acting in a £multi-million oil and gas dispute in the TCC in relation to (amongst other things) the design a FPSO as part of a $5billion project
  • Acting in relation to a claim arising out of the design/specification of bathroom tiles for a luxury hotel
  • Advising in relation to £multi-million final dispute in relation to (amongst other things) the design of a sewerage treatment plant in the UK involving (amongst other things) the applicability of limitation of liability clauses
  • Advising architects in relation to a £multi-million claim by the employer against architects and engineers in relation to a residential development
  • Advising on £multi-million claims against architects and engineers arising out of a major fires at factories and schools
  • Acting in a £multi-million claim against engineers in relation to a hospital development (including the design of the CHP system)
  • Advising in relation to £multi-million claim against structural engineers in relation to a railway upgrade
  • Acting on behalf of engineers in a £multi-million TCC claim in relation to the design of a tram network in south east England
  • Acting on behalf of engineers in £multi-million claim arising out of flooding to major new road
  • Advising on behalf of engineers in relation to a £100 million dispute arising out of the collapse of the Gerrards Cross tunnel
  • Acting in a $several hundred million ICC arbitration in relation to the design of a major renewable energy plant in Europe giving rise to issues in relation to design
  • Acting in a £multi-million claim against architects and structural engineers arising out of a building conversion
  • Advising in relation to £50 million lender’s negligence action against surveyors in relation to a substantial book of mortgage loans
  • Acting in £50 million claim against leading firm of solicitors in relation to its conduct of the defence of various sets of proceedings regarding foreign currency exchange outlets on behalf of the same clients by the same claimant
  • Acting on behalf of risk assessors in £multi-million litigation arising out of the insurance of the US version of “Who wants to be Millionaire?”
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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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