Andrew Post KC > Hailsham Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Hailsham Chambers
CHAMBERS OF JULIAN PICTON KC
4 PAPER BUILDINGS, TEMPLE
EC4Y 7EX
England

Position

Andrew undertakes clinical negligence, healthcare and disciplinary cases, and has particular expertise in dealing with technically complex medical issues. He acts and advises in major costs litigation, particularly where points of principle arise and on appeal. He is ranked as a leading silk by Chambers UK  and The Legal 500 in both Costs and Clinical Negligence. 

Chambers UK 2020  ranked Andrew as a leading barrister in both clinical negligence and costs litigation and describes him as “a hard-working, intelligent and highly skilled advocate who fights until the very end” and “unflappable”.  The 2019 edition called him “a brilliant advocate who is very personable and extremely knowledgeable. He is a joy to work with” and “a skilled negotiator and a brilliant tactician”. It also said that “He is very knowledgeable and explains very complex cost arrangements very clearly, getting to the nub of the issue.” The Legal 500 2019  describes him as a “fiercely competitive advocate who will not let you down”.  The 2018 edition said that “He is a great counsel with a keen eye for detail, fantastic number work and excellent manner with clients.” 

He is acknowledged as an impressive courtroom advocate as well as an effective negotiator. The Chambers UK 2018  directory described him as “a hard-working, intelligent and highly skilled advocate who fights to the very end for his clients” and “Dedicated, knowledgeable and highly capable”. 

Many of Andrew’s cases are, of course, resolved by negotiation. He has very broad experience of alternative dispute resolution in all its forms, and he is regularly involved in round table meetings, mediations and arbitrations, as a participant, arbitrator or expert. 

Career

Called 1988, Middle Temple; KC 2012; Astbury Scholarship and various other awards; Bar Council Panel of Assessors for Costs Appeals.

Memberships

PNBA.

Education

Radley College; Trinity College, Cambridge (1984 MA History, Entrance Scholar); City University (1987 Dip LP, Distinction); ICSL 1988, placed second in Bar Finals.

Leisure

Contemporary art; co-founder of the Chadwell Award (www.chadwellaward.com).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Costs

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Andrew Post KCHailsham ChambersCalm, knowledgeable, down to earth and with an easy going manner.

Hailsham Chambers is a key set for costs matters, its group of barristers at the forefront of developments in the law and practice in this area. Members have been involved in important costs decisions at the Court of Appeal, one highlight being 2020 silk Jamie Carpenter KC acting for the latter party in Langer v McKeown, in which the Court of Appeal considered for the first time whether, at the conclusion of a trial of preliminary issues, a Calderbank offer which relates to the entire claim should be treated in the same way as a Part 36 offer. High-value solicitor client disputes have also been a feature highlight at chambers with Carpenter on the opposite side to experienced costs silk Alexander Hutton KC in Privinvest v Quinn Emanuel, Hutton acting for the former, in its application for detailed assessment for £14m of costs, which was settled in November 2021. Andrew Post KC practices in costs and criminal negligence, often acting where points of principle arise in large scale litigation, and on appeals where there are issues of wider significance. A particularly strong crop of juniors includes non-contentious costs specialist Mark Friston; senior junior Dan StaceyJoshua Munro, who has experience in costs disputes at the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court; and Imran Benson, who was appointed a Deputy Costs Judge at the Senior Courts Costs Office in August 2021.

London Bar > Clinical negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Andrew Post KCHailsham Chambers ‘Andrew is an outstanding barrister and a joy to work with in complex and challenging cases. He is patient and thorough in his approach and supportive towards clients. He advises clearly and thoroughly and is always approachable.’    

The set at Hailsham Chambers is noted for its array of ‘highly-skilled clinical negligence barristers’ with ‘depth of knowledge and experience at all levels’. Andrew Post KC is acting for claimants and defendants on consistently high-value work against experienced silks, particularly in obstetric brain and severe birth injury cases. Junior and ‘highly effective advocate’ Clementine Coram James frequently acts as sole counsel, but is also regularly led by leading silk Dominic Nolan KC in complex cases, such as one regarding a severe spinal injury suffered by a teenager with a profound pre-existing learning disability, and a claim alleging negligently missed intracranial infection leaving lasting brain damage. Justin Meiland is developing a specialism in cases of surgical negligence and failed diagnoses. Fiona Neale retired in 2022.