Inquest into death of Red Arrows pilot, Flt Lt Cunningham; accidental ejection from his Red Arrows jet.
Ranked by the Directories in four practice areas; Personal Injury, Product Liability, Insurance and Health and Safety, Andrew Prynne QC is a leading common law and commercial advocate who has represented and advised both claimants and defendants in heavy litigation at first instance and on appeal. He has also represented parties in a number of public inquiries and inquests. His wide ranging practice developed from his broad grounding as a junior in the civil, family and criminal courts.
Since joining Temple Garden Chambers in 2010, Andrew has been leading counsel in a number of High Court trials and Appeals in the Court of Appeal in claims for personal injury, property damage and credit hire test cases. Andrew led for the claimant in a high profile historic childhood sexual abuse claim in the High Court: Raggett v Preston Catholic College. Last year Andrew represented the ejection seat manufacturers, Martin Baker, before the Lincolnshire Coroner at an Inquest into the death of a Red Arrows pilot. Before the Bolton Coroner he represented the Derbyshire Youth Offending Service at an inquest into the death in custody of a young person.
Andrew is currently instructed as Leading Counsel for one of the interested parties in respect of the Shoreham air crash. He is also advising as to the potential liabilities that may arise out of the supply and use of e-cigarettes.
Andrew has over many years gained considerable experience in product liability and group litigation in injury and commercial claims and the insurance coverage issues to which they have given rise. Andrew advises manufacturers and/or their insurers on the liability and regulatory issues that arise in relation to a wide array of products such as: drugs, food, fuel, packaging, mobile phones, tobacco and its substitutes and medical devices,though due to funding and costs constraints, few such cases now get to trial. In 2011, he was leading counsel for an insurer in a heavy international arbitration concerning product liability insurance coverage for food packaging that was said to be defective.
In his work Andrew has gained considerable experience in railway, aviation and marine accidents. As a life long sailor he has a particular interest in navigation.
Andrew has also been instructed by insurers in a number of major fire claims.
Andrew is an accredited mediator and has mediated and arbitrated a number of substantial claims.
Andrew Prynne is ranked as a leading silk in the fields of: Consumer/Product Liability, Health and Safety, Personal injury and Insurance and Reinsurance.
“Looked up to by juniors and highly regarded by his peers due to the quality of his strategy and the excellence of his arguments in court.”
“Obviously first class. He’s a very smooth operator. He’s totally unflappable and charming to both witnesses and judges”
“He’s got great intellect, has arguments rooted in common sense, and likes a fight when he goes in to bat for clients. He doesn’t go through the motions- he’s a hard litigator.”
Chambers UK 2013
Andrew Prynne is ranked as a Leading Silk in the following areas: Product Liability, Health and Safety, Insurance and Reinsurance, Personal Injury
Legal 500 2013
“This ‘very bright original thinker’ has drawn praise for his recent contentious and advisory work.” (Health and Safety)
“Highly regarded as ‘a compelling advocate and a sound tactician who is extraordinarily good on his feet’. Sources praise him for his ‘great flair and style’.” (Product Liability)
Chambers UK 2011
“Andrew Prynne QC has considerable strengths, such as his ability to ‘identify the key issues and arguments that will resonate with the court’.” (Personal Injury)
“Andrew Prynne QC is praised for his ‘grasp of detail, ability to narrow issues and the ease with which he deals with very technical evidence’.” (Health and Safety)
Legal 500 2011
“Concentrates on liability issues that arise in commercial and insurance disputes and has particular know-how of cases relating to the railway industry. Well known as a “hard hitting and tenacious advocate”, he is also respected for taking a “very commercially oriented and practical approach on his feet.” Prynne is very experienced and handled cases relating to Valium, benzene in fizzy drinks and smoking to name but a few.” (Product Liability)
Chambers UK 2010
“Temple Garden Chambers……..has signalled a widening of interest in product liability with the arrival of ‘heavyweight Andrew Prynne QC’.” (Consumer and Product Liability)
Legal 500 2010
Queens Counsel 1995
CEDR accredited mediator 2000
Assistant Boundary Commissioner 2000 to 2005
The Lord Chancellor’s Working Party on Group Actions
Southampton University LLB Hons
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Health and Safety Lawyers Association
Personal Injury Bar Association
Commercial Bar Association
London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
British Insurance Law Association
Inquest into death of Red Arrows pilot, Flt Lt Cunningham; accidental ejection from his Red Arrows jet.
Red arrow pilot – fatal accident
Death in custody of young offender
Contribution proceedings following vehicle incursion onto the West Coast Main Line. Led by Andrew Prynne QC. Instructed by Keoghs on behalf of the motor insurers. July 2013.
James Arney appeared in the Queen’s Bench Division District Registry, Coventry, led by Andrew Prynne QC and successfully defeated a claim pleaded at over £5m for brain injuries sustained while on a canal boat holiday.
Credit hire recoverability
Claim by soldier on active service
Child sexual abuse claim
Court of Appeal judgment on breach of duty and causation appeal in assault caseRead more
Property damage and economic loss
Insurance coverage of product liability policy
Road vehicle incursion on railway – fatal accident
Product liability under the Consumer Protection Act
Professional footballing injury claim
Wrongful birth claim
Appeal against sentence in an environmental prosecution
Group action – defining the scope of the action
Vicarious liability – the borrowed employee
Interaction between Health and Safety and Competition Law
Sale of goods – exclusion clauses – unfair contract terms – tort claim for property damaged by contamination
Sale of goods and liability for contamination of food and drink
A definitive ruling on costs sharing orders in group actions as they affect claimants who discontinue their claim
Various procedural rulings between 200 and 2006
Footballing injury claim – measure of damages for future loss of earnings – award £1 million
Injury claim contrary to public policy – ex turpi causa
Conditional fees – order for costs-proceedings in chambers to be held in public
Limitation in smoking claims and a refusal to override it
Liability to recompense for social security payments and its effect on an order for costs following a payment into court
Allegations of interfering with medical records – no cause of action – action struck out
Opren litigation – group actions- limitation – power to override
Negligence – constructing a contract and its effect on liability for a railway accident
The Uppark fire claim – negligence – constructing the insurance provisions of the JCT contract – measure of damages
The Benzodiazepine litigation – striking out as abuse of process
Opren litigation – costs sharing in group litigation
Motor Insurance coverage
Coverage under the MIB agreement
Pertussis vaccine ligitation – government attempting to strike out claim
Future loss in an injury claim
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