Mr Andrew Ritchie > Chambers of Jacob Levy QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Jacob Levy QC
9 Gough Square


Winner of the Legal 500 Award for Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Silk of the year 2014/2015. Described as approachable, dependable, a classy team player, hard on the issues and hard working, Andrew has enormous experience in clinical negligence and personal injury law. In the last 12 months he has recovered more than £10 million in lump sum damages for injured clients with continuing periodical payments orders in addition. Andrew\’s clinical negligence practice has recently involved cases concerning cerebral palsy caused by hypoxia at birth, failure to diagnose, urology, cardiology and neurosurgery. In the personal injury field Andrew has vast experience in fatal accident claims, occupational health litigation (especially mesothelioma claims), employers liability litigation (for example Corr v IBC, the suicide case, HL) road traffic claims, Motor Insurers Bureau law and Road Traffic Insurance law (for instance Rafiq v MIB, CA). Andrew edits volumes 3 and 4 of the leading Personal Injury text Kemp & Kemp: Quantum Of Damages and in recent years wrote 8 of the chapters in volume 1. Many of Andrew\’s reported cases concern catastrophic injury claims involving brain damage, spinal injury and PTSD, for instance he represented many victims of the Paddington rail disaster. Andrew represented the family of Carlos Estrada before the coroner at the 8 week Inquest into the terrorist attack at In Amenas, Algeria. For most of the 69 witnesses Andrew led the questioning for the bereaved families. The coroners verdict included many findings of fact which highlighted the lack of security at the facility. Granted temporary rights of audience of the Cayman Island bar Andrew has experience of personal injury litigation in the Cayman Islands. Andrew also represents medical professionals before regulatory and disciplinary tribunals and also has considerable experience in professional negligence work arising from personal injury litigation. Direct Access: Andrew is trained and approved by the Bar Council to accept instructions directly from the lay client. Commentaries: Recommended in Chambers & Partners guide to the legal profession for many years, now as a grade 1 Queen\’s Counsel. Fellow professionals have commented over the years as follows: 2014 edition: “A high-ranking silk, noted by many for his prowess in larger clinical negligence cases, especially those involving cerebral palsy and failure to diagnose disease. Expertise: \”He is the cream of the crop, a no-nonsense QC who cuts right to the key issues. When you have a high-value clinical negligence claim, he can juggle complex liability and quantum concerns. He is also excellent with experts and good at reassuring with clients.\” 2013 edition: \”a brilliant rising star\” who \”fights to get the client\’s story heard.\” His \”precise mind\” is applied to a wide variety of cases, although observers say he is \”particularly outstanding on RTA liability.\” 2012 edition: Possessed of ;\”one of the sharpest minds around,\” the \”astute and straight-talking\”…\”can really drill down and extract the relevant detail in any matter.\” He has a \”forensic yet innovative appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of personal injury claims,\” 2011 edition: \”known for his \”persuasive, dogged and focused\” approach. 2010 edition: \”An extremely astute barrister of undoubtedly high calibre\” he \”offers a guarantee of excellence.\” 2008 edition: Awarded \”PI junior of the year\”. Described as \”An extremely knowledgeable advocate who gains a recognition for his incredible grasp of detail and his ability to make something complex seem straight forward…he is a renowned expert in the field\” 2007 edition: \”tough yet friendly\” and \”one of the best on his feet …\” ?… being \”incredibly straight\” and \”someone you now where you stand with.\” Recommended in the Legal 500 UK Client\’s Guide to the Legal Profession for many years. Fellow professionals commented as follows: 2010 edition: is \’devastatingly clever\’, \’fearless and brilliant\’. 2008 edition: \”…has outstanding technical knowledge allied to tough forensic skills\” and a \”personable and decisive approach\”. 2007 edition: \”He is tenacious, meticulous and understated, … simply he is extraordinarily good all round.\”


Call:1985; Silk:2009. Appointments: Queen’s Counsel, Chairman of the Personal Injuries Bar Association, The Legal Service Committee Appeal panel 1999 – 2002 [LSC], Executive Committee of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers 1996 – 1999, Fellow of APIL, Managing director of PIcARBS the Personal Injuries Arbitration Service, Fellow of Magdalene College Cambridge, and College Advocate. Clinical Negligence: P v Medway [2015] representing a man in his late 50s with bladder cancer who whilst receiving a replacement bladder suffered hemiplegia due to spinal haematoma caused by failed epidural injections for anaesthesia and inadequate on ward surveillance post operatively. P ran an investment brokerage raising finance for hedge funds. Loss of opportunity to make future profits was in issue. Settled for £1.7 million plus PPOS for care; W v Royal Surrey NHST [2013] representing a child born with spastic cerebral palsy due to hypoxia, the injury being caused in part by the hospital’s failure to carry out a caesarean section. Liability settled at 70%; B v St Barts and the Royal London [2013] representing a nurse who suffered congenital malrotation of the gut and underwent an operation to resolve it which was carried out negligently leading to removal of the whole of her gut and reduced her life expectation. Settled for a large sum. Cerebral Palsy Claims: Potter v South Tees Hospitals NHST [2012] Representing the claimant who suffered septicaemia due to negligent lack of prophylactic antibiotics during a kidney operation. Liability eventually conceded and damages settled at £1 million; W v South Yorkshire HA [2012] Sheffield, acting for a child who suffered athetoid cerebral palsy due to negligence intubation during resuscitation after birth. Approved award: £2 million plus PPOS of £112,400 pa for life; Morris v Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust [2007] Cardiff D.R. Lawtel, Hypoxia at birth, cerebral palsy, settlement, Lump Sum value £3 million, periodical payments for lost earnings £15,000 pa to age 70, stepped periodical payments for care £70,000 pa for life (index linked to the ASHE); Raichura v Leicestershire HA [2003] Lawtel, Leicestershire District Registry (HHJ Hall QC). The claimant, a 23-year-old man, received a “bottom up settlement” or periodic payments settlement (with an old style lump sum value of £2,920,000) for the severe hypoxic-ischaemic brain damage sustained during his birth in November 1979. Cerebral palsy and tetraplegia, severe cognitive impairment, wholly dependent on others for his care and daily needs. Failure To Diagnose Claims: Potter v South Tees Hospitals NHST [2012] Representing the claimant who suffered septicemia due to negligent lack of prophylactic antibiotics during a kidney operation. Liability eventually conceded and damages settled at £1 million; Lanham v Mid Essex NHST & others [2012] Representing a 42 years old man who suffered a stroke due to negligent failure to treat TIAs (transient ischaemic events). Settled for £1 million. MIB Claims: MIB Uninsured Driver Claims: Ademneskell v Bryan and MIB [2011] The claimant was a pedestrian knocked down by an uninsured driver on an off road style trail bike. The MIB defended on the basis that as a matter of interpretation of the Road Traffic Act 1988 no insurance was required for off road trail bike. Hence they were not liable to compensate. Complicated European Law aspects and interpretation of statute. Case of general public importance. Case settled after the Secretary of Sate was joined to the action and the expert evidence was served. MIB Untraced Drivers Appeals/Arbitrations: A v MIB [2012] appeal to the arbitrator against an award of £1,900,000 made by the MIB in a hit and run case under the Untraced Drivers Agreement 1996. The arbitrator Frank Burton QC, increased the award to £2,600,000. PI Claims: Brain Damage Claims : X v Y [2012] approved by Eady J, Representing a 16 year old man who suffered severe brain damage in a road traffic accident. Liability admitted, quantum settled at £2.2 million lump sum plus PPOS of £71,000 pa increasing by RPI. Habtu v Mckenzie & MIB [2012] The Claimant who Andrew represented was injured in a road traffic accident by an uninsured driver. He suffered severe brain injuries, hip fractures and needed constant care and support with a case manager. Case settled for £1 million plus periodical payments of £72,500 per annum for life; Morby v Richards [2006] Birmingham District Registry. For the successful Claimant. £1,012,000 in damages for the Claimant who suffered a severe brain injury in a road traffic accident; Russell v Smith [2003] QBD; HH Judge Rich QC. 30/7/2003 Lawtel, For the Claimant. Liability trial. Child claimant with brain injury after road traffic accident on bike, contributory negligence. Mesothelioma Claims: Streets v Esso [2009] QBD Lawtel, £315,000 Fatal Accidents Act award for widow of mesothelioma victim; Purdue v Port Line [2008] QBD, Master Whitaker, living mesthelioma sufferer, summary judgment obtained against “bluewater” shipowners, on the basis that they had land based shipwrights. Date of knowledge 1955 of dangers from asbestos.


MA Law, Magdalene College, Cambridge, Qualified as a solicitor 1982, Called to the bar in 1985.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Within: Personal injury - Leading Silks -

Andrew Ritchie QC

9 Gough Square

He is fantastically astute and absolutely at the top of his field.

The ‘professional yet approachable9 Gough Square has ‘successfully attracted barristers who are exceptionally good‘.  As well as ‘established silks‘, the set has a ‘remarkable team of leading juniors‘ who are ‘cutting edge‘ and ‘not afraid of taking difficult cases to trial‘. Claimant catastrophic injury is at the core of the practice, with expertise spanning brain, spinal, and amputation cases. Giles Mooney QC is a recent silk appointment. Andrew Ritchie QC acted for the claimants in Carlos Valencia Estrada & Seb John v BP, a claim in relation to two fatalities arising from the Al Qaeda terrorist attacks on the defendant’s gas facility in Algeria. Grahame Aldous QC specialises in personal injury claims with an international or maritime setting, while Laura Begley has particular expertise in criminal injuries compensation claims.

London Bar > Clinical negligence

Within: Leading Silks -

Andrew Ritchie QC

9 Gough Square

He gives very clear and robust advice.