Winner of the Chambers UK Personal Injury / Clinical Negligence Silk of the Year 2015.
Winner of the Legal 500 Personal Injury / Clinical Negligence Silk of the Year 2014 / 2015.
Described as approachable, dependable, a classy team player, hard on the issues and hard working, Andrew has enormous experience in clinical negligence and personal injury law. In the last 12 months he has recovered more than £10 million in lump sum damages for injured clients with continuing periodical payments orders in addition.
Andrew's clinical negligence practice has recently involved cases concerning cerebral palsy caused by hypoxia at birth, failure to diagnose, urology, cardiology and neurosurgery.
In the personal injury field Andrew has vast experience in fatal accident claims, occupational health litigation (especially mesothelioma claims), employers liability litigation (for example Corr v IBC, the suicide case, HL) road traffic claims, Motor Insurers Bureau law and Road Traffic Insurance law (for instance Rafiq v MIB, CA). Andrew edits volumes 3 and 4 of the leading Personal Injury text Kemp & Kemp: Quantum Of Damages and in recent years wrote 8 of the chapters in volume 1.
Many of Andrew's reported cases concern catastrophic injury claims involving brain damage, spinal injury and PTSD, for instance he represented many victims of the Paddington rail disaster.
Andrew represented the family of Carlos Estrada before the coroner at the 8 week Inquest into the terrorist attack at In Amenas, Algeria. For most of the 69 witnesses Andrew led the questioning for the bereaved families. The coroners verdict included many findings of fact which highlighted the lack of security at the facility.
Granted temporary rights of audience of the Cayman Island bar Andrew has experience of personal injury litigation in the Cayman Islands.
Andrew is trained and approved by the Bar Council to accept instructions directly from clients.
Andrew is recommended in Chambers and Partners guide to the legal profession for many years, now as a grade 1 Queen's Counsel. Fellow professionals have commented over the years as follows:
Recommended in the Legal 500 UK Client's Guide to the Legal Profession for many years. Fellow professionals commented as follows:
"It was fantastic to work with you on this one and I am deligthed at the result we managed to achieve. Thank you for all your help and guidance over the time you were instructed.
I was very pleased that I was able to instruct you in a high value catastrophic case that we could really get our teeth into and look forward to working with you again in future on something similar."
"I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation for your invaluable work on my daughter S's case following her MVA in the UK in October 2009.
Having just settled the case after four and a half long years, I have been most impressed by both your and Daryl’s professionalism, patience, understanding, flexibility and humour despite the challenges faced with us residing 'down under'.
I have particularly appreciated you ensuring each step in the legal process was explained, in 'layman's' terms to ensure my discussions with S resulted in informed decisions being made.
As S’s 'litigation friend', your and Daryl’s approach gave me assurance and confidence during a very unfamiliar and challenging time – we could not have asked for a better representatives.
Throughout the entire process, I have felt supported and well informed and it was evident we were all working together towards a common goal - S's best interest and to secure and protect her financial future.
Thanks to you both, S is now in a position to move forward in life and enjoy a more positive future."
Andrew Ritchie QC represented the family of Carlos Estrada before HM Assistant Coroner Nicholas Hillyard QC at the Inquest into the deaths at the BP gas facility at In Amenas in Algeria caused by a terrorist attack carried out by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb under the leadership of a man known as "Mokhtar Belmokhtar" and another known as "Lamine Bouchneb". Andrew led the questions posed by the relatvies of the deceased.
The verdict delivered in January 2015 contained many findings of fact about inadequate risk assessment, inadequate security and the total lack of armed guards at the gates to the accommodation facility.
Andrew Ritchie QC represented the families of 22 UK citizens murdered at the RIU Imperial Marhaba Hotel, Sousse, Tunisia during the 5 week inquest in the High Court in January / February 2017.
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