Andrew Burns QC

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Andrew specialises in complex commercial, employment and industrial disputes, particularly injunctions, and has featured in some of the leading appellate cases in employment law and trade disputes in recent years. Two of Andrew’s cases were included in Personnel Today’s ‘Six employment law decisions that will shape 2019: Kostal v Dunkley and Ali v Capita.

Andrew acted for Royal Mail in its injunction to prevent the national postal strike, in a number of recent airline and airport disputes and appeared for Birmingham City Council in the recent bin workers’ strike. He has acted in industrial action disputes for British Airways, London bus companies, BT, Post Office, Fujitsu, South West Trains and Citylink. He has recently appeared in both of the first two European Works Council appeals and has numerous appearances in business cases in the DIFC Courts and Court of Appeal in Dubai.

He is a leading silk in insurance and reinsurance disputes appearing in the Supreme Court in Durham v BAI (Run Off) Ltd (the Employers' Liability Policy Trigger Litigation), in asbestos insurance cases such as Redman v Zurich and acted in litigation relating to 9/11 reinsurance disputes (Simmonds v Gammell and Allianz v Tonicstar).


Called 1993 Middle Temple; Bencher 2018; Silk 2015; Crown Court Recorder 2009

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Andrew is a co-author of the Law of Reinsurance with Colin Edelman QC (2nd Ed. 2013) and Bean on Injunctions (13th Ed. 2018). He is co-general editor of Discrimination Law (Bloomsbury Professional).