Andrew Mclaughlin > Chambers of Susan Hunter > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Susan Hunter
St John's Chambers

Work Department

Clinical Negligence, Health & Safety, Inquests & Public Inquiries, Personal Injury, Industrial Disease, Personal Injury Fraud, Property Damage & Insurance Disputes


Talented and popular practitioner. Known for his ability to provide swift and valuable advice within very tight deadlines and renowned for his cross-examination skills in court. Instructed throughout the country in general personal injury and industrial disease cases both for claimants and defendants. Leading personal injury junior in the South West and Wales, but his practice takes him to courts all over the country; acts primarily for defendants, via their insurers, but also does some claimant work. Principal fields of practice are employers liability, industrial disease, especially asbestos-related litigation, VWF, RSI and noise cases, stress/bullying claims in the workplace, road traffic accidents and public liability, especially involving occupiers. In addition he undertakes work in the fields of insurance, especially fraudulent claims, and clinical negligence as well as health and safety prosecution/defence. Reputation as a tough cross-examiner; has appeared in the Court of Appeal, the Queen’s Bench Division and extensively in county courts all across the country. Recommended in the field of personal injury litigation by ‘The Legal 500’ from 1999 to date: ‘he fights tooth and nail’. Recommended in ‘Chambers & Partners’ from 2002 to date. Personal injury: employers liability, industrial disease, including asbestos-related litigation, VWF, RSI, noise, stress and bullying in the workplace, road traffic, accidents, public liability, especially occupiers, serious head injuries, chronic pain syndrome and abnormal illness behaviour, fraudulent claims, limitation, psychiatric damage, especially post traumatic stress disorder. Insurance: interpretation of insurance contracts, fraudulent claims, property damage, especially involving fire, misrepresentation and non-disclosure and exclusion clauses. Employment: unfair dismissal, especially misconduct, sex discrimination, in particular sexual harassment, disability discrimination, whistle-blowers, directors duties.


Personal Injury Bar Association; Treasury counsel for South West Region.


University of York (BA Hons); Benefactors and Blackstone Scholar of the Middle Temple.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew McLaughlinSt John’s ChambersSuperb advocate, very good in Court. Also provides clear and concise advice which gets to the heart of a case without dwelling on peripheral issues. Very good manner with clients, relatable and engaging.

Led by the ‘impressiveEmma Zeb, the personal injury team at St John’s Chambers is home to a number of notable barristers. The ‘dependable’ Andrew Mclaughlin was recently instructed in a case that settled for the highest ever periodical payments order (PPO): £950,000 per annum, plus a lump sum of £3.1m. Ben Handy is ‘excellent to work with’ according to one client and has acted in several seven-figure injury claims in the past year. Matthew White is ‘exceptionally user-friendly’ and advises on and litigates all areas of personal injury work with particular interests in highway claims, occupational illness litigation, pain conditions, and accidents at work.