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Chambers UK

Andrew Prynne QC

Andrew Prynne QC


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 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.

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 

Inquiries and Inquests

  • HM Coroner for Lincolnshire: Re Cunningham  deceased, 2014 (Red Arrow pilot's fatal accident)
  • HM Coroner for Bolton: Re Hardy deceased, 2014 ( young offender's death in custody)
  • HM Coroner for York: Re Power deceased 2009  (vehicle incursion on the railway))
  • Severn Tunnel Rail Inquiry 1993
  • Cowden Rail Inquiry 1992
  • Clapham Rail Accident Inquiry 1989

In the Court of Appeal

  • Akhtar v Bolland (CA 2014) (credit hire and costs)
  • Salat v Burutis 2013 (credit hire)
  • Vaile v Havering BC ( employers liability)
  • Valentine v Transport for London (highways liability)
  • Collet v Middlesbrough FC (footballing  injury)
  • Farraj v Kings College Hospital (clinical negligence)

In the Queens Bench Division

  • Raggett v Preston Catholic College 2012 (child sexual abuse claim)
  • Sylvestre v Ministry of Defence 2012 (injury claim by soldier on active service)

In the Commercial/Mercantile Court

  • Omega Proteins v Aspen (insurance coverage)
  • W v Veolia (credit hire test case)

In the TCC

  • Gilman v UPS and Network Rail 2013 (property damage)
  • Network Rail v Conarken 2011  (property damage)

 Product liability and Group Actions from 1984 to 2007

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

Other Notable  Cases

  • See full list on CV


  • Queens Counsel 1995
  • CEDR accredited mediator 2000
  • Assistant Boundary Commissioner 2000
  • The Lord Chancellor's Working Party on Group Actions