Andrew Kearney

Year of Call: 2007

Inn: Inner Temple

Solicitor: 1992

Judicial Office: District Judge (2004 – 2009)

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Widely regarded as the Western Circuit’s leading barrister for construction and engineering disputes. ‘Very much number one in this region.’ ‘He is excellent on tactics, very commercial and a real street fighter for advocacy.’ ‘He is dynamic, a team player and hugely intelligent – he doesn’t expect to be served things on a platter but works with you to find the strengths and weaknesses of a case.’ “

Chambers UK,  2020

Andrew has nearly 30 years dispute resolution experience. He is a barrister at 39 Essex Chambers, a leading set based in London, Manchester, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. He is a member of the St John’s Chambers mediation panel, and mediates disputes both nationally and across the South West and Wales.  Andrew is a former solicitor, and was a partner in the construction team at Masons (now Pinsent Masons). He transferred to the Bar in 2007.

Andrew became an Adjudicator in 2001, and a Chartered Arbitrator in 2008.  He also has 5 years experience sitting as a Deputy District Judge.  Andrew has been a Mediator since 2007.

Andrew is an active and accredited Civil Mediator and has mediated cases ranging from disputes over the appointment of locum GPs within the NHS to multi party construction disputes, sometimes over multiple days. He is used to mediating cases involving insurance backed parties.


  • TECBAR accredited Adjudicator
  • TeCSA accredited Adjudicator
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Chartered Arbitrator
  • CIArb Presidential Panel member
  • Accredited Civil Mediator
  • Deputy District Judge

Professional memberships:

  • Technology and Construction Bar Association
  • Society of Construction Law
  • Adjudication Society
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Qualifications & awards:

  • BA (Hons) (Christ Church, Oxford University)
  • PG Dip (with Merit) Construction Law and Arbitration
  • FCIArb
  • Lord Mustill’s CIArb President’s Prize (Award Writing)
  • Former Solicitor

Additional information:

Andrew has nearly 30 years experience of construction disputes. He is a former solicitor, and was a partner in the construction team at Masons (now Pinsent Masons). He became an Adjudicator in 2001 and a Mediator in 2007. He transferred to the Bar in 2007.