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Andrew Williamson

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Catastrophic injury.


Andrew specialises in defending multi-million pound catastrophic claims. He deals with RTA, EL, PL and fatal claims as well as a number of cases involving actions against the police and otehr public authorities. The majority of cases involve brain injuries, spinal injuries or amputations and they tend to be valued in excess of £1 million. Current clients include several of the largest UK insurers together with the MIB.

Andrew regularly provides training, both internally and externally. He has a particular interest in high value quantum calculation and the issues surrounding this including life expectancy, financial investment, periodical payment orders and the use of technology for efficient calculation and case management.

Andrew’s recent highlight cases include:

Wilton v Bettison & QBE 2019 (unreported) - The claimant motorcyclist suffered a severe leg injury with significant risk of amputation, leading to a potentially multi-million pound claim. He was overtaking a fully laden livestick lorry on a hill when he alleged the lorry moved to the right causing him to lose control and go under the lorry which then ran over his leg. The claim was successfully defended at trial at Plymouth County Court.

Carter v Kingswood Learning and Leisure Group Limited [2018] EWHC 1616 (QB) - The claimant sought damages following an abseiling accident in which she alleged that an abseiling accident had caused a later vertebral artery dissection and stroke leading to life changing injuries. The case was successfully defended at a High Court trial. HHJ Foskett determined that there was no breach of duty.

T v S 2018 - The claimant was rendered incomplete paraplegic after being hit by a lorry. Liability was admitted. The pleaded claim exceeeded £20 million including a significant claim associated with playing polo both pre and post-accident. The claim was settled at a JSM.

F v N 2018 - The claimant suffered a severe brain injury. A multi-million pound claim was founded on the basis that, but for the accident, the claimant would have become the Managing Director of his father's business. After several failed attempts at settlement due to the distance between the parties, the claim was settled at mediation.


Trained Ben Hoare Bell LLP; qualified 2007; joined BLM 2010; partner 2014.


William de Ferrers School, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex; Newcastle University (BA Hons Ancient History and Archaeology, First); Northumbria University (Postgraduate Diploma in Law, Commendation); Northumbria University (Legal Practice Course, Distinction).


Windsurfing, reading, travel.

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