sound

tactician,

extraordinarily

good on his

feet"

Chambers UK

Andrew Prynne QC

Andrew Prynne QC

Profile

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 represents and advises both claimants and defendants in heavy litigation at first instance and on appeal. His practice developed from his broad grounding as an advocate in both the civil 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 a credit hire test case; see his list of Notable Cases.

Andrew has over many years developed a niche in product liability work and group litigation in relation to both injury and commercial claims; see his full CV. There are less multi-party injury actions now going to court, due to changes in the funding of litigation but Andrew continues to advise manufacturers and/or their insurers on the liability and regulatory issues that arise in relation to a wide array of consumer products such as: drugs, food, fuel, packaging, mobile phones, tobacco and its substitutes and medical devices. Andrew was, in 2011, leading counsel for an insurer in a heavy commercial arbitration concerning product liability insurance.

Due to many years representing and advising those responsible for the railway network, Andrew has developed expertise in this area in relation to injury claims and health and safety issues.

Andrew is an accredited mediator and has mediated and arbitrated a number of substantial claims to a successful conclusion.

What the Directories say

Andrew Prynne is ranked as a leading silk in the fields of: Consumer/Product Liability, Health and Safety, Personal injury and Insurance and Reinsurance.

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 and Legal 500 2012

"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)

Notable Cases

In the Queens Bench Division:

  • Raggett v Governors of Preston Catholic College 2012 (childhood sexual abuse claim)
  • Sylvestre v Ministry of Defence 2012 (soldier injured whilst on active service)
  • Chi Chong v Funafloat and British Waterways Board 2012 (serious accident on a canal boat)
  • Farraj v Kings College Hospital 2009 (clinical negligence liability for wrongful birth)
  • Collet v Middlesborough FC 2008 (football injury)

In the Court of Appeal

  • Salat v Burutis 2013 (Credit Hire)
  • Vaile v Havering BC 2011 (employers liability)
  • Valentine v Transport for London 2010 (Highways liability)
  • Farraj v Kings College Hospital 2010 (clinical negligence/wrongful birth)
  • Collet v Middlesbrough FC 2009 (football injury)

In the Commercial/Mercantile Courts:

  • Omega Proteins v Aspen 2011 (Insurance Coverage)
  • W v Veolia 2011 (Credit Hire Test case)

In the TCC:

  • Gilman v UPS and Network Rail 2013 (Property Damage)
  • Network Rail v Conarken 2011 (property damage and economic loss)

Product liability and Group Actions from 1984 to 2007 such as:

  • Pertussis
  • Opren
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Tobacco
  • Lariam
  • MMR
  • Fetal Anticonvulsants
  • Benzene in fizzy drinks
  • Silicon in road fuel 

Various rail accident inquiries and inquests such as the:

  • Clapham Rail Accident Inquiry 1989

For other notable reported cases see full C.V.

Appointments

Queens Counsel 1995

CEDR accredited mediator 2000

Assistant Boundary Commissioner 2000

The Lord Chancellor's Working Party on Group Actions