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Andrew Burns KC 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 including Malone & Ors v British Airways Plc, ASLEF v London Midland, RMT v Serco, and Prophet plc v Huggett. Two of Andrew’s cases were included in Personnel Today’s ‘Six employment law decisions that will shape 2019’: Kostal v Dunkley (changing employment contracts outside of collective bargaining) and Ali v Capita (discrimination between payments for shared parental leave and maternity leave).

Andrew acted for Royal Mail in its injunction to prevent the national postal strike (Royal Mail Group v CWU), in a number of recent airline and airport disputes and appeared for Birmingham City Council in the recent bin workers’ strike (Birmingham City Council v Unite the Union). 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).

For more information on Andrew’s practice and latest case highlights, please consult his full Devereux profile.


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

Publications: Andrew is a co-author of the Law of Reinsurance with Colin Edelman QC (3rd Ed. 2021) and Bean on Injunctions (13th Ed. 2018). He is co-general editor of Discrimination Law (Bloomsbury Professional).




Dover Grammar School for Boys; Downing College, Cambridge (MA); Astbury Scholar, Middle Temple.


Scouting, outdoor activities, theatre.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Andrew Burns KCDevereuxVery approachable and user friendly, with a methodical approach and straightforward advice provided. Excellent ability to assimilate large quantities of complex documentation and information, cut through this and identify the core issues, and then provide solutions.

Devereux‘s members are consistently instructed on complex and high-value instructions involving all aspects of domestic and international insurance and reinsurance. Colin Edelman KC‘s cases are routinely at the forefront of insurance law, his recent track record including acting as lead counsel for the FCA at the Supreme Court, which clarified whether a variety of insurance policy wordings covered COVID-19 lockdown-related business interruption losses; and Andrew Burns KC is well-known for asbestos insurance cases, and assisting with direct claims against insurers under the Third Party Rights Act 2010. At the senior-junior end of chambers, Richard Harrison‘s recent highlights include acting for construction insurers in a claim involving one of the world’s tallest buildings.

London Bar > Employment

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Andrew Burns KCDevereuxHugely bright, but also very approachable and client friendly; pragmatic and doesn’t talk down to clients; and responsive and concise. Great to work with.