Andrew undertakes a broad range of commercial work with an emphasis on shipping (wet and dry), commodities, international trade and insurance (marine and non-marine).
Andrew regularly appears in the High Court (including the Commercial Court and the Admiralty Court) as well as in arbitrations. Notable recent and on-going cases include:
The Baltic Strait  EWHC 629 (Comm) (led by Alistair Schaff QC) - a section 69 appeal concerning the interpretation of section 2(4) of the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1992 and whether a receiver of damaged goods can recover full damages despite having had no proprietary or possessory interest in them at the time of damage.
High Court Case (ongoing) - sole counsel in a claim for a constructive total loss under a policy of marine insurance.
High Court Case (ongoing) (led by John Kimbell QC) - a claim for £40m of damage to a subsea pipeline caused by a vessel's anchor.
LMAA Arbitration (2017) - sole counsel for the successful owners in a five-day arbitration concerning a claim for damage to vessels and unpaid hire in the amount of US$2.3m. The case raised issues about conditions precedent to re-delivery, indemnities, liquidated damages and mitigation.
LMAA Arbitration (2017) (led by David Goldstone QC) - a claim under a guarantee for unpaid hire of over US$20m. The case raised issues as to the circumstances in which a guarantor will be discharged by virtue of variations to the underlying contract.
LMAA Arbitration (2017) (led by John Kimbell QC) - a case concerning the construction of a series of vessels in China and rights of cancellation for delay.
Ad Hoc Arbitration (2016) (led by Lionel Persey QC) - a claim for amounts owed by a contractor to a sub-contractor under a salvage contract on Wreckfixed 2010 terms.
The "Nordlake" v The "Seaeagle"  EWHC 3605 (Admlty);  1 Lloyd's Rep. 656 (led by Lionel Persey QC) - a collision action involving the apportionment of liability between multiple vessels, arising out of a collision in 2011 and the sinking of the frigate INS Vindhyagiri.
LMAA Arbitration (2015) (led by John Kimbell QC) - a case concerning delay to a voyage resulting from a collision with an unknown object. The case involved issues including unseaworthiness, negligent navigation, reasonable despatch, remoteness of damage and wrongful arrest.
High Court Case (2014) (led by John Russell QC) - a claim for €4m under a credit insurance policy.
Prior to joining Chambers, Andrew completed an LLM in International Commercial Law with a particular focus on the carriage of goods by sea, international trade and marine insurance. He has also undertaken secondments at a leading London shipping law firm and in the insurance industry.
Andrew specialises in dry shipping, commodities and transport disputes. He has extensive experience of advising, drafting and advocacy in relation to claims under charterparties and bills of lading, both in court proceedings and in arbitrations.
Andrew’s cases have concerned all areas of dry shipping, including cargo claims, freight and hire disputes, stowage issues, stevedore damage claims, dangerous cargo, unsafe ports, laytime and demurrage disputes, issues of delivery and re-delivery, bunker disputes and vessel speed and performance issues.
He has handled numerous arbitration claims, including applications for permission to appeal under s.69 of the Arbitration Act 1996, challenges under s.68 of the Act and applications for the appointment of arbitrators.
Andrew also has experience of cases involving the international carriage of goods by road under the CMR.
Illustrative cases include:
Andrew has significant experience of wet shipping disputes.
Illustrative cases include:
Andrew also has experience of personal injury and fatal accident claims in the Admiralty Court, including cases involving the Athens Convention.
Andrew undertakes a large amount of general commercial litigation both in court and in arbitration. His previous cases in this area have involved a diverse range of issues, including claims relating to the sale and supply of goods and services, claims relating to the storage of goods, claims for unpaid fees and claims for breach of settlement agreements. He routinely handles cases involving multiple causes of action such as breach of contract, negligence, conversion, bailment, unjust enrichment and conspiracy.
Recent cases include:
During pupillage, Andrew was involved in two notable cases:
Andrew has experience of a range of energy disputes. Most notably, he was part of a team of counsel in a multi-million dollar UNCITRAL arbitration concerning a joint venture for the production of lubricant base oils. His other previous cases in this area have involved such matters as the construction and operation of oil rigs and FPSOs, damage to pipelines, FPSO off-take agreements, crude oil handling areements, long-term supply contracts and the sale of hydrocarbons.
Andrew has been involved in a number of disputes under shipbuilding contracts, especially cases concerning defects, delay and cancellation.
Illustrative cases include:
Andrew has a general interest in insurance and marine insurance matters of all kinds and has been involved in a number of such cases. He also regularly advises on issues of policy interpretation.
Notable cases include:
Before joining Chambers, Andrew worked in the insurance industry. He has also spent time seconded to the legal team of a leading London insurer where he advised on policy interpretation and coverage issues as well as on matters of claims handling.
Andrew has experience of handling international trade cases, typically sales on FOB, CIF, C&F, FAS, or other such terms.
LLB, King’s College London (First Class).
LLM, UCL (Distinction).
BPTC, BPP Law School (Outstanding).
Inner Temple Pupils’ Advocacy Prize.
Inner Temple BPTC Performance Prize.
Inner Temple Exhibition Award.
Atkin Chambers Commercial Law Moot (Winner).
Placement at a leading London shipping law firm (October 2014).
Seconded to a leading insurance company
(February-March 2015 and February-March 2016).