Andrew McLaughlin

Year of Call: 1993

Inn: Middle Temple

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Andrew is very astute and incredibly hard-working. He has a very forensic approach to breaking down the component aspects of each claim.”

LEGAL 500,  2022
Personal Injury

Andrew is a leading junior in the fields of personal injury and industrial disease, consistently recommended in Chambers UK and Legal 500 for the past 20 years, whose practice takes him to all parts of the country but particularly the South West and South Wales. Andrew is known above all for being a formidable trial lawyer, something which has been acknowledged in numerous recommendations over the past decade. He is ranked as a band 1 practitioner in personal injury and is one of only twenty barristers nationwide to be listed as an industrial disease expert in Chambers UK Spotlight table. He is also recommended in the Legal 500 for Health and Safety regulatory work. He has been a member of the Government panel since 2012. He was appointed a Government Panel A member in 2018 which is the highest level generally reserved for counsel expected to conduct cases involving millions of pounds against QCs.

Andrew is instructed by all the  national firms nearly always on behalf of defendants and their insurers, especially in cases involving fundamental dishonesty, catastrophic injuries, amputations, fatal accidents, chronic pain disorders, serious psychiatric injuries as well as asbestos-related disease, HAVS, occupational stress, sexual abuse and WRULDs. He has been involved in numerous reported or high profile cases in recent years. He opened the appeal on behalf of the successful defendants in Denton v TH White. He appeared for the Defendant in Stewart v Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust [2017], EWCA Civ 2091 (manual handling), Dyson v Heart Of England NHS Trust [2017] EWHC 1910 (clinical negligence), Smith v Secretary of State for Transport [2020] EWHC 1954 (asbestos). This year he comprehensively defeated a well known QC in a £1.6m fundamental dishonesty claim to widespread national acclaim.

Andrew acts primarily for defendants in complex clinical negligence cases.

Andrew also undertakes civil fraud and insurance-related work which includes dishonest claims for fire and other property damage, false claims for theft or loss of property, fraudulent critical illness and life insurance claims, and issues arising in relation to dates of inception, disclosure of facts/information, cooperation; he also advises and prosecutes in relation to contempt proceedings.

Andrew acts regularly on behalf of individuals and companies who face prosecution for breaches of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and subordinate legislation.

In addition he defends public authorities against claims for misuse of private information, breach of confidence and breach of Data Protection legislation.

Andrew is qualified to undertake public access work in appropriate cases.


  • A Panel of GLD counsel, dealing with the most complex work on behalf of government
  • Attorney General’s List of Panel Counsel 2012 – 2023

Professional memberships:

  • Member of the Personal Injury Bar Association Scholarships Benefactor’s and Blackstone scholarships from Middle Temple

Qualifications & awards:

  • BA (Hons) York