Since his earliest days of his practice (when he was instructed in a £100m claim arising out of a fire at a chicken food processing factory in Birmingham) Andrew has dealt with numerous high value claims arising from fires, explosions, floods, subsidence, defective design and product liability and has detailed grasp of the expert evidence required in these often highly technical cases.
Andrew acted for Chubb Insurance PLC, one of the successful claimants in the litigation arising out of the 2005 Buncefield explosion which caused in excess of £1BN-worth of damage. Following the determination of the issue of liability in the Buncefield claims and having successfully handled Chubb’s claims worth in excess of £16m, Andrew was instructed in five further Buncefield claims on the issue of quantum, one of which was a claim for in excess of £17m involving the rebuilding and repair of in excess of 25 separate commercial premises. Andrew brought each of these cases to a conclusion achieving successful settlements for his clients.
He has seen recent success in two large TCC actions, Brit Inns Ltd v BDW Ltd  EWHC 2143 (TCC);  EWHC 2489 (TCC) which provided a wake-up call to the recovery sector of the insurance industry and Mueller Europe Ltd v Central Roofing (South Wales) Ltd  EWHC 237 (TCC) where he achieved a £23.5m judgment for his clients.
Many of Andrew’s property damage cases (especially those concerning flooding) are for or against public bodies and raise complex questions of law regarding the exercise of statutory duties and powers. In all these areas he has acted both for insurers in subrogated recovery claims and for the indemnity insurers of construction professionals.
Notable Property Damage cases
Mueller Europe Ltd v Central Roofing (South Wales) Ltd  EWHC 237 (TCC)
Instructed by the Claimant’s insurers in respect a wholly subrogated claim arising out a fire to a large copper tubing manufacturing factory in Wolverhampton. The trial on all issues of liability and quantum was held in 2013 and included a substantial material damage claim and a complex business interruption claim. Andrew was successful in obtaining a £23.5m judgment for his clients (Instructed by Kennedys).
Brit Inns Ltd v BDW Ltd & J Reddington  EWHC 2143 (TCC) Coulson J;  EWHC 2489 (TCC)
Instructed by the Defendant and Third Party in this subrogated claim brought by the Claimant’s insurers and an additional claim brought by the insured, in respect of flooding to commercial premises in South London. The case involved a substantial material damage claim and a complex business interruption claim brought in respect of the start-up business. Andrew successfully defended this claim achieving a judgment sum substantially below the amount paid out by Brit Inn’s insurers to its insured and obtained punitive costs orders against the Claimants.
K v P (2012 - ongoing TCC)
Instructed in this £30m claim by the purchaser of a hotel being built by the defendant developer in Wembley, London. The primary issue is whether practical completion of the project was achieved within the timeframe and in accordance with the terms of the contract and the purchaser’s entitlement to the return of the deposit monies in the event that it did not (Instructed by Stephien Lake).
Marks & Spencer Group Plc v Exel Ltd & Don Bur Ltd (2012 TCC - ongoing)
Instructed in this £2m+ claim brought by M&S in respect of the fire damage to its stock and the associated losses caused by interruption to its business. The fire originated in the donkey engine compartment of an HGV vehicle sold by Don Bur to M&S and occurred when at Exel’s warehouse in Coventry. Exel provided warehouse, sortation and transportation services to M&S (Instructed by Berrymans).
Blackwater Marina Ltd v Straightedge Manufacturing Ltd (2012 TCC - ongoing)
Instructed by the Claimant in this £500K action arising out of a fire which originated in the Defendant’s furniture building factory and caused destruction of the Claimant’s adjacent boat building and repair facilities. The case involves detailed arguments as to the origins of the fire and the responsibility for the cause and spread of the fire (Instructed by Berrymans).
Silenzio Panels Ltd v Eurocom Ltd (2012 TCC - ongoing)
Instructed by the Defendant in this delay and disruption and defects claim arising out of upgrade works being undertaken to the London Underground at Charing Cross and Embankment Underground stations (Instructed by Clyde & Co).
Sellars & Others v Network Rail & Others (2011 TCC - ongoing)
Instructed by 7 Claimants in this actions arising out of flood damage to several domestic properties in the North of England during the floods of June 2007. The case involves technical issues relating to the causation of the flood by reason of the Defendant’s temporary works being undertaken to reline a culvert (Instructed by Eversheds).
British Transport Police Authority v Prima Health & Safety Ltd (2011 TCC - ongoing)
Instructed by the Claimant in this claim arising out of a fire at the Claimant’s forensic laboratory during the use of an ethanol finger print dyeing bath. The claim centers around the COSHH and DSEAR risk assessments provided by the Defendant in respect of the Claimant’s Fingerprint Dyeing Procedure (Instructed by Berrymans).
WPP Group Ltd v John Sisk & Sons Ltd (2011 TCC - ongoing)
Instructed by the Claimant in this action in respect of £1.5m water damage claim caused by the Defendant’s pavement works which were taking place directly above the Claimant’s subterranean computer and communications room (Instructed by Weightmans).
Volkswagen Group UK Ltd v (1) Dencora Construction & (2) PDR Construction Limited (TCC 2011 - settled)
Instructed by Volkswagen in this claim arising for damages arising from the failure of a roof in high winds at a newly built Volkswagen/Audi car showroom. The construction of the premises had been subject to a design and build contract (Instructed by Kennedys).
ING (UK) Listed Real Estate Nominee (No.1) Ltd v Magna Park Management Ltd (2010 - Settled)
Instructed in this substantial £150m multi-party fire action by the freeholders of a large (“super”) warehouse that was leased to Primark and contained in excess of £50m of Primark’s stock that was destroyed in the fire (Instructed by Berrymans Lace Mawer, led by Robert Moxon Browne QC).
Kent County Council v W H Griggs Electrical Contractor Limited (TCC, 2009 - 2010 settled)
Andrew acted for the first defendant Griggs in this multi-party claim by Kent CC for the £2.5m rebuild cost of a school destroyed by a fire alleged to have been caused by the failure of a single component light fitting installed by the electrical contractor Griggs. Allegations of blame passed down the contractual chain (Instructed by Berrymans).
Buncefield Litigation  EWHC 540 Comm
Represented Chubb Insurance PLC and its insured in this £1BN property damage claim arising out of the explosion of an oil storage depot in 2005. Andrew handled both the liability and quantum aspects of each of Chubb’s 12 claims worth in excess of £16m (Instructed by Cozen O’Connor).
Hertfordshire Council v Total Oil PLC (TCC - Settled 2010)
Instructed by Hertfordshire County Council in respect of their claim arising out of the damage caused to the public highways surrounding the Buncefield refinery caused by the explosion and the wider damage and contamination which resulted from the use of chemicals and foam during the fire fighting stage (Instructed by Kennedys).
Brixton Investments & Others v Total Oil PLC (TCC - Settled 2010)
Instructed by Brixton Investments in respect of their claim arising out of the damage caused to three separate commercial sites close to the Buncefield refinery and involving damage to in excess of 25 buildings and principally to wall and roof cladding.
Europa Shop Fitting Ltd v Total Oil PLC (TCC - Settled 2009)
Instructed by both Europa and their insurers in respect of their claim for the cost of demolishing and rebuilding their office and manufacturing headquarters. The claim was worth in excess of £2m.
Trademark v Total Oil PLC (TCC Settled 2009)
Andrew acted for Trademark in respect of its uninsured losses arising out of the damage caused to its business premises and consequential commercial losses.
Decorum Borough Council
Andrew advised Decorum in respect of their economic losses arising from the involvement of their properties and use of their resources following the Buncefield explosion.
MJ Cordin & Ors v Newport City Council (LTL 30/6/2009)
Application of Rylands v Fletcher strict liability to a local authority which had created a reservoir on its land from which there was an escape of water causing flooding, notwithstanding reservoir was for the general good of inhabitants of the area (Instructed by Dolmans).
Quinetic Holdings Ltd v BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd (2008, TCC, settled)
£1.5m action in respect of fire damage to a property leased to the MOD, and arising out of classified experiments with a plasma stealth demonstrator (Instructed by Beachcroft LLP).