ExperienceAndrew heads up our award-winning General Insurance team in Scotland. He works with insurers, self-insured corporates and public bodies to defend them from catastrophic injury, casualty and motor claims in Scotland. He also defends clients from health and safety prosecutions and represents them at fatal accident inquiries.
Having worked in this field for more than 20 years Andrew is a recognised expert. He works with clients on their Scottish claims strategy, delivering measurable results in terms of reduced indemnity spend and shorter lifecycles.
He has acted for the Scottish Government in Thomson v the Scottish Ministers which set the limits on the state's liability for the actions of an independent third party. He also acts for prison authorities, defending prisoner claims, EL claims and at fatal accident inquiries. In 2017 he gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament on the Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) Scotland Bill. He is currently the Regional Representative for FOIL (the Forum of Insurance Lawyers) in Scotland and he sits on FOIL's large loss sector focus team.
Andrew provides training to insurers, public bodies and other professionals on insurance claims and litigation. He contributed to Lord Gill's review on Scottish court reform, and the Taylor review on reform of costs in Scotland. For several years Andrew was a Fiscal for the Law Society of Scotland, prosecuting solicitors for professional misconduct before the Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal. He is occasionally instructed as an expert witness in cases involving solicitors' negligence. He is ranked in the 2018 edition of the Chambers which describes him as "incredibly impressive. He has a fantastic grasp of the law in relation to insurance and also has a very strong grasp of his client's interests".
- FOIL (the Forum of Insurance Lawyers).
- Sits on the Scottish sector focus team for catastrophic injury.
- Former tutor in Civil Court Practice at the University of Edinburgh.