Andrew Prynne QC is a well known leading advocate who represents claimants and defendants in heavy common law and commercial litigation both at first instance and on appeal. He also represents interested persons in public inquiries and inquests. His wide ranging practice originally developed from his broad grounding as a young junior in the civil, family and criminal courts. His professional standing and long experience is and has long been recognised in the leading directories.
While at 2 Harcourt Buildings, now known as Henderson Chambers, Andrew built up a busy junior practice in the principal areas of accident claims, employment and common law commercial disputes. He was first instructed in public inquiry work by the British Railways Board at the Clapham Inquiry. He established himself as counsel specialising in the then emergent group actions against the pharmaceutical industry ( Pertussis, Opren, Benzodiazepines and Lariam) and then in defending Imperial Tobacco against multiple lung cancer claims.
On taking silk in 1995, Andrew, on the appointment of his leader to the bench, went on to lead the teams that successfully defended the Benzodiazepine actions and the lung cancer claims against Imperial. He went on to lead the team defending Merck in the MMR litigation. He then led teams defending a number of product liability commercial claims relating to contamination of carbonated drinks, petrol, food and drink and packaging.
Andrew has also over many years advised extensively on product regulation, safety and recalls (food, packaging, mobile phones, e-cigarettes, medical devices and pharmaceuticals). He also has appeared in a number of cases relating to the insurance coverage issues in Product liability and property damage policies and has spoken and published on this subject for the British Insurance Law Association.
Andrew was instructed in a number of serious fire damage claims such as that brought by the National Trust when pursuing a claim for the cost of rebuilding the famous Uppark House in West Sussex which was destroyed by a fire caused by hot work on the roof.
Since joining Temple Garden Chambers, Andrew has led in a number of substantial High Court trials and Appeals in the Court of Appeal in claims for serious injury and insurance coverage disputes over property damage as well as some leading credit hire test cases. He developed a niche in quantifying damages for injured professional footballers.
Andrew represented the ejection seat manufacturers, Martin Baker, before the Lincolnshire Coroner at an Inquest into the death of a Red Arrows pilot and the Derbyshire Youth Offending Service at an inquest into the death in custody of a young person. He currently represents the owner of a Hawker Hunter jet in relation to the inquest into the deaths of those who were killed when it crashed at Shoreham Air Show in 2016.
Between 2016 and 2018 Andrew has been representing the defendant in a long running breach of fiduciary duty action in the Chancery Division. Following two adverse judgments against the defendant in 2012 and 2015, Andrew was instructed in late 2016. He then initiated and led a number of successful challenges to the claimant’s case. The claimant had made further serious allegations against the defendant seeking a new account. It was forced to withdraw them shortly before the hearing and conceded that it should pay the defendant his indemnity costs. The claimant was ordered to make an immediate payment.
In the course his work, Andrew has gained valuable experience of the issues arising in transportation accidents, rail, road, marine and aviation. As a life long sailor he has a particular interest in navigation.
Andrew is an accredited mediator and has appeared in a number of commercial arbitrations.
Andrew Prynne has been ranked as a leading silk in the fields of: Consumer/Product Liability, Health and Safety, Personal Injury and Insurance and Reinsurance.
Chambers UK 2019
Veteran silk with extensive product liability experience. His work in this field sits neatly within his larger common law and commercial practice which sees him handling insurance personal injury and health and safety cases amongst others.
“He is analytical and always very responsive to the instructing solicitors’s needs.”
legak 500 2018
“A seasoned practitioner acting for a range of clients including injury cases and consumer products.”
Chambers UK 2013
“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.”
Legal 500 2013
Andrew Prynne is ranked as a Leading Silk in the following areas: Product Liability, Health and Safety, Insurance and Reinsurance, Personal Injury.
Chambers UK 2011
“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)
Legal 500 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)
Chambers UK 2010
“He is particularly adept at health and safety work with an environmental slant and lauded as a polished performer who doesn’t miss a trick.” (Health and Safety)
“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)
Legal 500 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)
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
Product liability claim relating to a fire caused by a defective heater.
Breach of fiduciary duty.
Inquest into death of Red Arrows pilot, Flt Lt Cunningham; accidental ejection from his Red Arrows jet.
Credit hire and costs.
Death in custody of young offender.
Red Arrows pilot – fatal accident.
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.
Child sexual abuse claim.
Claim by soldier on active service.
Credit hire recoverability.
Court of Appeal judgment on breach of duty and causation appeal in assault caseRead more
Insurance coverage of product liability policy.
Property damage and economic loss.
Road vehicle incursion on railway – fatal accident.
Wrongful birth claim.
Professional footballing injury claim.
Product liability under the Consumer Protection Act.
Appeal against sentence in an environmental prosecution.
Interaction between health and safety and competition law.
Vicarious liability – the borrowed employee.
Group action – defining the scope of the action.
Various procedural rulings between 2000 and 2006.
Sale of goods and liability for contamination of food and drink.
Sale of goods – exclusion clauses – unfair contract terms – tort claim for property damaged by contamination.
A definitive ruling on costs sharing orders in group actions as they affect claimants who discontinue their claim.
Limitation in smoking claims and a refusal to override it.
Conditional fees – order for costs – proceedings in chambers to be held in public.
Injury claim contrary to public policy – ex turpi causa.
Footballing injury claim – measure of damages for future loss of earnings – award £1 million.
Allegations of interfering with medical records – no cause of action – action struck out.
Liability to recompense for social security payments and its effect on an order for costs following a payment into court.
The Benzodiazepine litigation – striking out as abuse of process.
The Uppark fire claim – negligence – construing the insurance provisions of the JCT contract – measure of damages.
Negligence – construing a contract and its effect on liability for a railway accident.
Opren litigation – group actions – limitation – power to override.
Opren litigation – costs sharing in group litigation.
Pertussis vaccine ligitation – government attempting to strike out claim.
Motor Insurance coverage.
Coverage under the MIB agreement.
Future loss in an injury claim.
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