Awarded Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence silk of the year 2015 “Chambers & Ptnrs”

Awarded Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Silk of the year 2014: “Legal 500”

Andrew has a wonderful manner with clients. He puts them at ease and they have absolute confidence in him. He is detailed, incisive and it is great to watch him guiding experts through particularly tricky liability and quantum issues. .."He is fearless with his challenges to the MIB agreements and a brilliant advocate." "He is a pioneer who pushes the boundaries of the law." "He is a master in dealing with problematic cases   Chambers & Ptnrs

Andrew Ritchie QC

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Personal Injury, Medical Negligence,  Professional Negligence,  Inquests and Inquiries, Arbitration, Mediation

Claim for Damages and Inquest into the terrorist attack at In Amenas, Algeria

Andrew Ritchie QC represented the family of Carlos Estrada before HM  Assistant Coroner Nicholas Hillyard QC  at the Inquest into the deaths at the BP gas facility at In Amenas in Algeria caused by a terrorist attack carried out by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb under the leadership of a man known as “Mokhtar Belmokhtar”. Andrew led the questioning by the families of the deceased during the 8 weeks Inquest.

The verdict delivered in January 2015 contained many findings of fact about  inadequate risk assessment, inadequate security and the total lack of armed guards at the gates to the accommodation facility.

Andrew represented Mrs Gaviria and Mrs John, the widows of BP employees, who sued BP for failing  adequately to protect  their husbands.  The claims were settled in February 2019, a week before a 9 week trial, on confidential terms without admission of liability by BP.

Mrs Justice Yip  approved the settlement sums in 2019.

Claim for damages and Inquest Into the terrorist attack at Sousse beach, Tunisia

Andrew Ritchie QC represented  the families of 24 UK citizens murdered at the RUI Imperial Marhaba Hotel, Sousse at the Inquest in the High Court  for 6 weeks in January/February 2017.    See:

Andrew represents the 34 claimants suing TUI for failure to protect them at the hotel.

Success in the 1st Vioxx trial in the UK

In 2008 Andrew Ritchie QC won the first trial in the UK concerning the drug Vioxx produced by Merck Sharp and Dohme.  Mr T had taken Vioxx as a trial for treatment for prostate cancer, he suffered ulceration of the gut and septicaemia.  MSD refused adequate compensation and then denied that the Vioxx caused the injury.  HHJ O’Brien after a 3 days trial ruled that the drug did cause the injury and awarded £35,000 in damages. 

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He is the cream of the crop, a no-nonsense QC who cuts right to the key issues”

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For decades Insurers and the Motor Insurance Bureau have refused compensation to injured members of the public just because the negligent driver who caused the injuries was driving an off road vehicle.   Now that defence, which was always contrary to principle and undermined the whole raison d'etre of the Road Traffic Act 1988, has been pretty much abolished.  Mr. Justice Bryan in Lewington v MIB [2017] EWHC 2848, judgment attached here, ruled that the Act must be interpreted in accordance with the EC Directive on road traffic insurance and that the Directive does not permit derogation from the blanket obligation to insure vehicles used on public roads. 

For Charli Lewington it was a long, hard fight. The MIB refused her application for compensation under the Untraced Drivers Agreement 2003. On appeal by way of arbitration Richard Methuen QC rejected her application on paper and then again after a full hearing.  Finally 5 years and 8 months after the accident in which Ms Lewington suffered spinal fractures, the High Court has delivered justice and found in her favour.  Andrew Ritchie QC instructed by Slater + Gordon, Manchester.

Off road vehicles “defence” is defeated

Quick Summary— recent cases

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