Andrew Foyle > Shoosmiths > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Debt Recovery Commercial Litigation


Andrew is a Partner and joint head of our dispute resolution and litigation team based in Edinburgh. His clients are primarily financial institutions for whom he acts in a range of litigation matters, including contractual disputes, general banking litigation, recoveries and the pursuit of professional negligence actions. Andrew also acts for a range of commercial clients and insolvency practitioners. Recent examples of his work include successfully defending a lender in a multi-million pound claim for damages raised against them by a former customer where it was claimed that they had acted negligently in their approach to realisation of securities, strategic advice to a lender in relation to a major remediation project, and a reported case which further clarified the law relating to pre-action requirements under the Home Owner & Debtor Protection (Scotland) Act 2010.

Andrew is a solicitor advocate with rights of audience in the Supreme Courts in Scotland and is a ranked lawyer for Banking Litigation in the Chambers UK Guide, where he is described as being “steady, sensible and pragmatic” as well as having “a breadth of knowledge on litigious matters”. Commentators described him as “very approachable, dedicated to his client and provides very clear and concise legal advice”. Andrew is regularly called upon to speak at external events and conferences on his areas of expertise, and is a regular contributor to publications such as the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland on topics including insolvency and commercial litigation.


Andrew joined Shoosmiths as a partner in 2013 following more than a decade at Edinburgh firm Anderson Strathern LLP where he trained and latterly managed their banking litigation team. Prior to that, Andrew was a researcher at the Scottish Law Commission where his projects included the Report on Poindings and Warrant Sales, and the Report on Diligence.


Law Society of Scotland.


St. Joseph’s College, Dumfries (1988-94); University of Glasgow (1998 LLB Hons); University of Dublin (Trinity College) (1999 LLM); University of Edinburgh (2001 DipLP).


Cycling, hill-walking, reading.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Dispute resolution > Debt recovery

(Leading individuals)

Andrew FoyleShoosmiths

At Shoosmiths, the debt recovery practice maintains its top-tier position in Scotland and is recognized for its broad offering across asset finance, corporate secured and unsecured lending, and invoice finance. Spearheaded by the ‘exceptionalAndrew Foyle who handles debt recovery litigation and is active in regulated financial services matters, the group acts for major banks and debt purchases across the UK, as well as private clients. On the real estate finance side, Sheelagh Cooley is the main contact.

Scotland > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation

Shoosmiths has demonstrable strength across insolvency and finance litigation, acting for a large roster of clients including the Royal Bank of Scotland. The group has seen an increase of activity across professional negligence matters and is jointly led by solicitor advocate Stuart Clubb and Andrew Foyle. Highlighted by clients as ‘excellent‘, the litigation team also handles shareholder disputes and advises on recoveries litigation. Contractual disputes are handled by dual-qualified Ben Zielinski.