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Andrew Rigney QC

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Andrew has an extensive domestic and international practice which encompasses a wide range of civil and commercial work. He specialises in large-scale disputes involving complex factual and technical evidence, leading large multi-disciplinary (and often multi-national) teams of lawyers and experts. He is recognised as a Leading Silk in the fields of Construction, International Arbitration, Insurance & Reinsurance, Property Damage and Professional Negligence, and he was recently shortlisted for the award of Construction Silk of the Year (2017 & 2018).

Andrew’s areas of expertise include (i) construction and engineering disputes (both in the TCC and in domestic and international arbitration) including, amongst other things, large infrastructure projects, ports, shipbuilding, hotels, roads, rail, process plants, water treatment plants, de-salination plants, sewerage plants, waste energy plants, CHP and renewables (ii) energy and natural resources (both onshore and offshore) (iii) international arbitration (iv) insurance and reinsurance (v) professional indemnity work (in particular engineers, architects, surveyors, solicitors and accountants) (vi) property damage and (vii) commercial litigation including sale of goods, financial instruments, aviation leasing agreements and product liability.

He is familiar with a wide range of standard forms (including JCT, ICE, NEC, FIDIC, IChemE, PPC, TPC, ACE, RIBA etc) and PFI contracts, and a wide range of arbitral rules (ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, EDF and LMAA etc); and he has acted in relation to claims concerning projects in the United States, the Caribbean, Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, Turkey, Hong Kong and the Middle East (including the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia) as well as in the United Kingdom.

So far as coverage work is concerned, Andrew has extensive experience of disputes involving CAR/EAR policies (including, in particular, the operation of DE and LEG clauses (and clauses based on them)) and Public Liability, Product Liability and Employers’ Liability policies; and he has acted in relation to some of the largest domestic and international losses, including in the Middle East, United States, Hong Kong and Europe.

Andrew also has extensive experience of conflicts of laws and jurisdictional challenges (including cases involving the Brussels Regulation and Rome Regulations), and substantial experience of civil law systems in the Middle East.