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

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Andrew FoyleShoosmiths

Shoosmiths‘ sizeable debt recovery team is recognised by clients and peers alike for its extensive service offering covering all debt types such as asset finance, mortgage shortfall, insolvency recoveries and invoice finance alongside consumer, commercial and corporate secured and unsecured lending. This far-reaching specialism makes the practice an attractive partner for banks and other lenders, debt purchasers and corporates, while private clients are also part of its roster. With a team including three solicitor advocates, including team head Andrew Foyle, who predominately acts for financial institutions, it is also well versed in carrying out its own advocacy.