Andrew has a broad civil practice with particular expertise in personal injury, costs, industrial disease, clinical negligence, professional negligence, limitation, property damage, and related areas.
Andrew is recommended in the directories as being “adept at handling challenging cases of high complexity”, “a great strategist with an eye for the big picture at all times”, “legally savvy” a “fierce advocate, who is very bright but also practical”, “a great choice of counsel when you know you have a fight on your hands”, and “Utterly dependable and a great advocate”. They note that he is “concise, pays enormous attention to detail and is excellent with clients” and is “valued by instructing solicitors for his combination of substantial personal injury expertise and his considerable knowledge of costs issues”.
Andrew has been rated as a Leading Junior in the Personal Injury section of the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners since 2009 and 2012 respectively. He is also ranked by the Legal 500 as a leading junior in Costs.
Andrew is one of only a handful of barristers ranked by the directories in both personal injury and in costs. He brings this in depth crossover expertise to both his personal injury cases and his costs work.
Before joining the Bar, Andrew worked as a caseworker for the Legal Aid Board and then as an insurance claims handler.
Andrew covers all aspects of personal injury including employers’ liability, public liability, road traffic accidents, product liability and psychiatric injury. He is regularly instructed in catastrophic and fatal claims. He has extensive experience in chronic pain cases.
He is recommended in the directories as being “An astute tactician who ensures that claims are presented in the best possible light”, “highly intelligent”, “very adept at assimilating large volumes of detailed information quickly and accurately”. “A fighter who will take on cases others won’t, “robust and assured”, “impressive in willing to fight cases, and being committed to taking on difficult matters”,and who “takes on complex cases and commits to them with energy and vigour”.
Notable cases include Marsh v Ministry of Justice, Flint v Tittensor, Wembridge v Winter and Dawkins v Carnival plc.
Andrew has extensive experience and expertise in contentious costs litigation, in particular with respect to CFAs and fixed costs of all types. He regularly attends detailed assessments and is often instructed to deal with technical costs and procedural issues. He is frequently brought in for costs appeals.
The directories note that Andrew is “Valued by instructing solicitors for his considerable knowledge of costs issues”, is “very clever and procedurally excellent”, “a strong negotiator and has the added value of real costs expertise” and that “His advocacy is well paced and always well received.
Andrew’s reported costs cases include Ho v Adelekun, NJL v PTE, Page v RGC Restaurants Ltd, GL v PM, Bratek v Clark-Drain Ltd, Marsh v Ministry of Justice (Costs), Prescott v Trustees of the Pencarrow 2012 Maintenance Fund, Harries v Summers and Qaiyum v Ocado Ltd.
Within personal injury, Andrew has a particular interest in industrial disease and occupational health claims, including all types of asbestos litigation, stress at work, RSI/HAVS and WRULD. He is a contributor to Asbestos: Law & Litigation, Sweet & Maxwell (2019).
The directories note Andrew’s expertise in “complex industrial disease litigation” and comment that he “has extensive experience in occupational disease claims and a strong knowledge of asbestos and RSI/HAVS claims”, is “noted for his expertise in claims concerning RSI and other upper limb ailments” and “helps clients involved in a range of workplace stress and occupational disease claims”.
Andrew’s notable cases in this area include Marsh v Ministry of Justice, Young v Western Power Distribution (South West) Limited and Jones v Norfolk CC.
Andrew’s clinical negligence practice encompasses all aspects of medical and dental negligence, as well as claims involving other healthcare professionals. He has a particular interest in claims involving surgical negligence.
Andrew’s professional negligence expertise is founded in his comprehensive knowledge of the underlying litigation areas. He has particular experience in claims arising out of personal injury litigation including actions against solicitors, barristers and other legal professionals, as well as actions against negligent experts and in related costs and insurance disputes.
Andrew’s crossover expertise in costs is especially valuable given the increasing incidence of complaints of professional negligence generated by or linked to costs disputes. His limitation expertise is also pertinent given the number of professional negligence claims containing and/or arising out of limitation issues.
Andrew has a special interest and particular expertise in all aspects of limitation law. Chambers & Partners notes that he “brings an impressive grasp of limitation law to personal injury claims”. He is co-author of the leading text on personal injury limitation; Personal Injury Limitation Law, Bloomsbury (2014, new edition due in 2020). He is a contributor to the limitation chapter in Asbestos: Law & Litigation, Sweet & Maxwell (2019). H has appeared in several notable limitation cases; Aktas v Adepta, Young v Western Power Distribution (South West) Limited and Jones v Norfolk CC.
Andrew has considerable experience acting in cases involving allegations of fraud and fundamental dishonesty.
Andrew is regularly instructed by the Police Federation and has extensive experience in claims involving and against the police.
His notable cases in this area include Blair v The Chief Constable of Sussex Police, The Chief Constable of Hampshire Police v Taylor and Wembridge v Winter
Andrew deals with all classes of property damage, fire and flood claims.
Andrew regularly deals with insurance related disputes.
Andrew is instructed in product liability cases within his core areas of practice.
Andrew is an expert in sexual abuse claims, particularly those involving limitation issues.
Andrew accepts instructions in cases with an international element. His previous cases in this area include Dawkins v Carnival plc and a novel claim arising out of asbestos exposure in South Africa.
“He’s hard-working, very detailed and extremely knowledgeable. He picks things up quickly and is a very good all-round barrister.” (Chambers & Partners 2020)
“He is a strong negotiator and has the added value of real costs expertise.” (Legal 500 2020)
“His advocacy is well paced and always well received.” (Legal 500 2020)
“He is very adept at assimilating large volumes of detailed information quickly and accurately.” (Chambers & Partners 2019)
“He is legally savvy and willing to fight a tough case.” (Chambers & Partners 2019)
“Undoubtedly a leading junior, he is a great strategist with an eye for the big picture at all times.” (Legal 500 2019)
“Utterly dependable and a great advocate” (Chambers & Partners 2018)
“Takes on complex cases and commits to them with energy and vigour” (Chambers & Partners 2018)
“instructed in complex industrial disease litigation and brings an impressive grasp of limitation law to personal injury claims” (Chambers & Partners 2017)
“A fierce advocate, who is very bright but also practical” (Legal 500 2017)
“Valued by instructing solicitors for his combination of substantial personal injury expertise and his considerable knowledge of costs issues” (Chambers & Partners 2016)
“noted for his expertise in claims concerning RSI and other upper limb ailments” (Chambers & Partners 2016)
“He is very clever and procedurally excellent” (Chambers & Partners 2016)
“He is a great choice of counsel when you know you have a fight on your hands” (Chambers & Partners 2016)
“He leaves no stone unturned to get to the right result” (Legal 500 2016)
“An astute tactician who ensures that claims are presented in the best possible light” (Legal 500 2016)
“He has extensive experience in occupational disease claims and a strong knowledge of asbestos and RSI/HAVS claims” (Chambers & Partners 2015)
“He is concise, pays enormous attention to detail and is excellent with clients” (Chambers & Partners 2015)
“A fighter who will take on cases others won’t” (Legal 500 2015)
“He’s impressive in being willing to fight cases, and being committed to taking on difficult matters” (Chambers & Partners 2014)
“Thorough in his preparation and written advice Andrew Roy is favoured by solicitors for the way he is able to reassure clients” (Chambers & Partners 2013)
“adept at handling challenging cases of high complexity” (Chambers & Partners 2013)
“He has an amazing understanding of a case” (Chambers & Partners 2013)
“Always provides clear, precise advice” (Legal 500, 2012)
“The ‘robust and assured’ style of the highly intelligent Andrew Roy helps clients involved in a range of workplace stress and occupational disease claims” (Chambers & Partners 2012)
“He underlines the strengths and weaknesses of a case well and lets you make up your mind,’ agree clients, who also go on to praise the fact that he is ‘bold enough to take a chance on tough cases.” (Chambers & Partners 2012)
“solid and cannot be faulted” (Legal 500 2010)
“has a keen feel for the claim and knows exactly when to push hard” (Legal 500 2009)
Ho v Adelekun  EWCA Civ 1988 – appeal on the application of the fixed costs regime.
Higgins & Co Lawyers Ltd v Evans  EWHC 2809 (QB); appeal on the enforceability of a CFA following death.
NJL v PTE  EWHC 3570 (QB);  6 Costs LR 1389; appeal on the correct approach to the assessment of success fees in catastrophic claims.
Page v RGC Restaurants Ltd  EWHC 2688 (QB);  1 W.L.R. 22; appeal on the effect of filing an incomplete costs budget and on the court’s jurisdiction to grant relief of its own motion.
GL v PM  EWHC 2268 (QB); appeal concerning the interaction between security for costs and QOCS.
Bratek v Clark-Drain Ltd  4 WLUK 577: appeal determining that an agreement to pay costs on the standard basis did not displace the fixed costs regime.
XY v Ingenious Media Holdings Ltd  EWHC 350 (QB) Stress at work strike out appeal considering the scope of compromise agreements, mental capacity and the impact of impecuniosity on Ladd v Marshall.
Marsh v Ministry of Justice (Costs)  EWHC 3185 (QB); conduct, indemnity costs, and the interplay between Part 36 and the change in the discount rate. (Appeal on the Part 36/discount rate point subsequently allowed by consent.)
Marsh v Ministry of Justice  EWHC 1040 (QB): 15 day High Court trial of an occupational stress claim involving allegations of criminal misconduct.
Prescott v Trustees of the Pencarrow 2012 Maintenance Fund  6 WLUK 166: important clarification as to the scope of the fixed costs regime at CPR Part 45.
Flint v (1) Tittensor (2) MIB  EWHC 466 (QB)  1 W.L.R. 4370;  R.T.R. 2: high profile claim for vehicular trespass to the person entailing consideration of the criteria for battery, self-defence, ex turpi causa and volenti non fit injuria.
Palmer v University of Surrey  2 WLUK 967: validity of a compromise agreement between defendants in light of an alleged misrepresentation.
Qaiyum v Ocado Ltd  8 WLUK 221: indemnity costs following solicitors’ attempts to manipulate pre-action protocols.
Wembridge and others v Winter and others  EWHC 2331 (QB): multiple claims arising out of a mass explosion at a fireworks factory addressing operational immunity and the duty and standard of care of emergency services.
The Chief Constable of Hampshire Police v Taylor  EWCA Civ 496;  PIQR P20;  ICR 1150: appeal concerning the applicability of the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992; burden of proof and causation; issue based costs orders.
Blair v The Chief Constable of Sussex Police  EWCA Civ 644; (2012) 156(20) S.J.L.B. 31;  I.C.R. D33: appeal on the application of the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992 to police training.
Dawkins v Carnival plc (t/a P & O Cruises)  EWCA Civ 1237;  1 Lloyd’s Rep. 1: appeal on the application of the evidential burden of proof in respect of a slipping accident in international waters.
Aktas v Adepta, Dixie v British Polythene Ltd  EWCA Civ 1170;  QB 894;  2 WLR 945;  2 All ER 536;  CP Rep 9;  PIQR P4: leading case on the interaction of the Limitation Act, service rules and abuse of process.
Durrant v Thames Water Utilities Ltd and Surrey CC  8 WLUK 59: consideration of assumption of responsibility and a utility company’s duties in respect of water/ice on the highway.
Jones v Norfolk CC  EWHC 1313 (QB): limitation in a claim for occupational lead poisoning.
Qamili v Holt  EWCA 1625: appeal regarding driver’s duty of care towards a pedestrian.
Parmar v Big Security Company Ltd  EWHC 1414 (QB): a nightclub doorman’s assault on a customer.
OCS Group Ltd v Wells  EWHC 919 (QB);  1 WLR 1895;  4 All ER 818;  P.IQ.R. P18; (2008) LS Law Medical 386; (2008) 103 BMLR 17: leading case on pre-action disclosure of medical records.
Harries v Summers  4 WLUK 426: appeal on the correct approach to the summary assessment of costs.
Ali v Al-Basri and Al-Basri  EWHC 2608 (QB);  All ER (D) 290 (Nov): a complex claim involving constructive trusts and illegality.
Young v Western Power Distribution (South West) Limited  EWCA Civ 1034;  1 W.L.R. 2868;  P.I.Q.R. P4; (2003) 100(36) L.S.G. 43; (2003) 147 S.J.L.B.; The Times 19/08/2003: limitation and estoppel in fatal accident claims.
University of Newcastle upon Tyne:
MA (Twentieth Century Literature)
LLB (First Class Honours).
Bar Council: Law Reform Committee Essay Prize – First Prize, Category A (2003)
Lincoln’s Inn: Walter Wigglesworth Scholarship, Hardwicke Scholarship
Newcastle University: J H Rennoldson Memmorial Prize (highest mark in the final year), the Sweet & Maxwell Prize (highest mark in the second year), Incorporated Law Society of Newcastle upon Tyne Prize (equity), Emsley Prize (jurisprudence)
Personal Injury Limitation Law (co-author) Bloomsbury (2014, new edition due 2020)
Asbestos: Law & Litigation (contributor) Sweet & Maxwell (2019)
He has published over 40 articles in various legal journals (PILJ, JPIL, JPN and PIBULJ).
Personal Injuries Bar Association
Professional Negligence Bar Association
Qualified Advocacy Trainer
Andrew is a keen runner. He is a member of Putney Running Club. He has run 17 marathons and 1 ultra marathon, raising money for Headway, Breast Cancer Research, CLIC Sergant and Scope. He is also an avid follower of other sports, in particular rugby (he is a member of Medicals RFC).
His other interests include wildlife and literature.