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Andrew Warnock QC

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1 CHANCERY LANE (Chambers of Simon Readhead QC)


Barrister specialising in claims against public authorities, in particular educational negligence, social care and claims involving the police; professional negligence, particularly solicitors’, surveyors’ and accountants’ negligence; and personal injury claims, particularly those involving psychiatric injury, historic abuse and duty of care issues. Cases include: Administration of the Estate of Jimmy Savile [2014] EWHC 653; Daniel v Secretary of State for Health [2014] 2578; Furnell v Flaherty (T/A Godstone farm [2013]; Lord Hanningfield v Essex Police [2013]; Furmedge v Chester Le Street District Council [2011]; Dermott v Harrow LBC [2011]; VL v Oxfordshire CC [2010]; A v Essex CC [2010] SC; Connor v Surrey CC [CA]; X + Y v Hounslow London Borough Council [2009] CA; A and Others v Essex County Council and Others [2008]; McGlinn v Huw Thomas Architects and Others [2007]; Appiah and anor v Bishop Douglass School (2007); B(1) B(2) v A County Council [2006]; Andrew Marr v Lambeth LBC [2006]; Ali v head teachers and governors of Lord Grey School HL [2006]; Adams v Bracknell Forest Borough Council [2004] HL; DN v LB of Greenwich [2004] CA; Carty v LB of Croydon [2004] CA; A + B v Essex County Council [2003] CA; Bradford-Smart v West Sussex County Council [2002] CA; Grimm v Newman and Chantrey Vellacott DFK [2002] CA; Leeds & Holbeck BS v Mark Elliss [2001]; L v Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police [2001]; Phelps v London Borough of Hillingdon [2000] HL; Anderton v Clwyd [2000] HL; W v Essex CC [2000] HL.


Called 1993; Inner Temple; QC 2012. Publications: Atkins Court Forms 29(2) ‘Professional Negligence’ (Butterworths 1999); co-author ‘Advanced Civil Litigation in Practice’ (3rd ed Oxford University Press 2005); contributor 'Local Authority Liability' (Morrell and Foster, 4th Edition).




PIBA; PNBA; ALBA; London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association; Registered under the Public Access Scheme.


Cookstown High School; Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (1992 BA; 1996 MA).

London Bar


Within: Education – Leading silks

Andrew Warnock QC - 1 Chancery LaneHe is very calm and focused and has great knowledge and experience of the law on abuse claims.

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Within: Personal injury – Leading silks

Andrew Warnock QC - 1 Chancery LaneHe is very calm and focused, he has great knowledge and experience of abuse claims.

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Police law (defendant)

Within: Police law (defendant) – Leading silks

Andrew Warnock QC - 1 Chancery LaneHe represents forces in civil claims.

Within: Police law (defendant)

1 Chancery Lane’s Andrew Warnock QC represented the force in Supreme Court case James-Bowen v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, which concerned whether an employer owes a duty of care to defend litigation according not only to his own interests, but the interests of his employees; the facts concern the 2003 arrest of Babar Ahmad – better known for spending eight years in prison while fighting extradition to the UK – which the force accepted was carried out with ‘serious unjustified violence’.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

Andrew Warnock QC - 1 Chancery LaneVery impressive.

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