Rory Cochrane > Chambers of Andrew Burns KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Andrew Burns KC


Rory has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice, with particular expertise in telecommunications and technology, banking (including regulatory enforcement proceedings), insurance and reinsurance, shareholder and partnership disputes, and the conflict of laws. Rory joined the Bar following a career as a senior associate and solicitor advocate with Herbert Smith Freehills in London and King & Wood Mallesons in Melbourne, Australia. He has substantial experience in international litigation, often involving Russia and the CIS. Rory was also a Teaching Fellow in Private International Law at University College London and contributed to the conflict of laws chapter of MacGillvray on Insurance Law (13th Ed).

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Associate King & Wood Mallesons, Melbourne; Associate to the Hon Justice Susan Kenny of the Federal Court of Australia; senior associate and solicitor advocate Herbert Smith Freehills 2007-13; called 2013 (Inner Temple).


COMBAR; FSLA; Competition Law Association; British Insurance Law Association; RBA.


University of Western Australia (2004 Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts); University of Melbourne (2014 Master of Laws); Teaching Fellow (Conflict of Law), University College London 2013 to 2017)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > IT and telecoms (infrastructure and contracts)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Rory CochraneDevereuxRory is very good on his feet, personable and easy to work with.


Active across a range of matters, the members at Devereux act for major local and overseas telecom and infrastructure providers. In BT v TalkTalk Communications Limited, Graham Read KC acted on behalf of BT, seeking £16m of electronic communication service payments allegedly withheld by TalkTalk. Also acting on this case was Rory Cochrane, who further represented BT in a nuisance claim in connection with water damage at a claimant’s basement, alleged to have been caused by one of BT’s chambers. Shaen Catherwood acted for the defendant in Amadeo v BT, a claim for alleged damages in combination with an injunction to restrain acts of trespass and nuisance, targeted at independent sub-contractors on site – a dispute now settled.