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Overview

Andrew was appointed to the Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Counsel to the Crown in 2015.

He was appointed to the Education and Training Committee of the Bar Standards Board from 2010 until the end of 2015.  From 2014 until the end of 2015 he was appointed to the Bar Standards Board Pupillage Committee.

He specialises in cases involving personal injury (all areas including, clinical negligence and disease work), costs, fraudulent claims and employment law.

Away from the Bar, his interests include wine, squash and travelling.

Personal Injury

Personal injury is a core area of Andrew’s practice.  He regularly appears in a range of final and interim hearings for both Claimants and Defendants.

He specialises in employer’s and occupiers’ liability cases in both the Fast Track, Multi Track and on appeal.

He has advised and conducted hearings on product liability matters dealing with cases as varied as faulty exploding batteries to allergic reactions due to chemical hair dyes.

He is also experienced in handling complex claims relating to allegations of sexual abuse and failure to protect.

As an experienced employment practitioner, Andrew is able to provide additional skills to the elements of personal injury practice that have a cross-over element with employment practice.  In this regard Andrew has particular interest and experience of dealing with stress at work claims.

He has acted in many personal injury claims in claims for well in excess of £100,000 and has successfully represented Claimants who have secured compensation in excess of £500,000.

Andrew is extremely experienced in dealing with claims which involve high value credit hire claims (in excess of £100,000) both at an interlocutory stage and at trial. The majority of these instructions are from the Defendant.

Costs

Andrew is experienced in settling points of dispute, replies to points of dispute and advises solicitors as to appropriate Part 47 offers.  Over the past two years the number of costs instructions which he has received has rapidly increased (despite provisional assessment being introduced).

He regularly appears before Masters in the SCCO and before Regional Costs Judges.  He has received instructions on several occasions in this area from solicitors and costs draftsman whom he has been on the other side in previous cases.

Examples of recent work include:

  • A claim in the SCCO involving over £2,000,000 in costs of which was almost £1,000,000 was in ATE premiums for the receiving party.  The ATE premiums were recovered in full as well as almost all of the receiving party’s other costs
  • A dispute for the paying party before a Regional Costs Judge in Manchester involving over £150,000 in costs which includes a significant ATE premium
  • Solicitor and client assessments in the SCCO and subsequent appeals to the High Court
  • Succeeded in a technical argument in front of a Regional Costs Judge in Manchester against senior specialist costs Counsel as to whether the Claimant should recover all their costs of the action from the Second Defendant (this was a high value costs case)
  • Conducted a three day detailed assessment before a Regional Costs Judge in Birmingham for the paying party (settled after the first day) together with a number of applications (including securing relief from sanction)
  • An instruction from a very experienced Costs Lawyer in a case where the other side submitted the Costs Lawyer did not have standing to settle points of dispute
  • A successful appeal to the SCCO against an assessment of costs by the National Taxing Team.  This appeal succeeded despite the appellant having been advised by his solicitor that he had almost no prospects of success
  • Conducting many high value CCMCs.  Having a detailed knowledge of costs law and personal injury law has meant he is able experienced and knowledge both in the costs and case management aspects of these hearings

Andrew has also regularly appeared at detailed assessment hearings on behalf of both the paying and receiving party.  He is also experienced in preliminary costs arguments such as conditional fee enforceability and predictable costs.

Counter Fraud

Andrew is frequently instructed in this area almost exclusively on behalf of Defendants where fraudulent claims are suspected.  Recently, however, he has received some instructions from Claimants where fraud has been alleged due to appearing as Counsel for the Defendant in cases where the Claimant’s solicitor has been on the other side.

He is experienced in all aspects of civil fraud particularly in the areas of:

  • Staged accidents (both in the workplace and involving road traffic accidents)
  • Exaggerated injuries
  • Phantom passengers
  • Low velocity impact claims

He regularly settles defences, advises and settles part 18 requests in this area.

Andrew has conducted numerous Multi Track trials where fraud has been alleged and has succeeded in these claims for both the Defendant and the Claimant.  Recently he conducted a two day fraud trial before a High Court Judge where it was found by the High Court Judge if he had not taken a technical point the Defendant would probably have succeeded in establishing fraud with the Judge going on to give judgment for the Claimants.

It is unlikely that Andrew will accept instructions on a CFA where fraud is alleged.

Clinical Negligence

Andrew’s clinical negligence practice includes:

  • Dental negligence
  • Failed plastic surgery
  • Failed care involving both minors and adults

Disease

Industrial disease is a growing area of Andrew’s practice.  He is experienced in the handling of claims involving a range of conditions including:

  • RSI
  • HAVS
  • NIHL

Andrew has conducted many Multi Track trials on issues concerning limitation, causation and breach of duty.

Employment

Andrew represents both Claimants and Respondents in roughly equal measure at employment tribunals and has conducted many trials over a week and up to three weeks in the areas such as:

  • TUPE
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Race and sex discrimination
  • Constructive dismissal
  • Unlawful deduction from wages

He has in particular conducted many lengthy trials involving NHS staff both for the Claimant and the Respondent and has acquired a good working knowledge of NHS practices.

As well as being experienced in the employment tribunal, Andrew has dealt with a number of employment restrictive covenant claims both in the County Court and the High Court.

Notable Cases

Recommendations

Recent recommendations for Andrew include:

"Able to get on top of a case quicker than many advocates.”

Legal 500 2015 – Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

Areas of Work

  • Personal Injury
  • Costs
  • Counter Fraud
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Disease
  • Employment
  • Credit Hire

Professional Memberships

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association

Recent Publications

Recent News

  • Legal 500 UK Bar 2016 Leading Junior

    Andrew has been listed as a Tier 1 Leading Junior in the Legal 500 UK 2016 guide to outstanding juniors nationwide. He is recommended on the Midland Circuit for Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

    "He has an unrivalled passion for his work, and a commitment and dedication to winning every case."

    Please click here for more information.

  • Crown Appointment

    As of October 2015, Andrew Lyons is appointed as Junior Counsel to the Crown.

  • Legal 500 UK Bar 2015 Leading Junior

    Andrew has been listed as a Tier 1 Leading Junior in the Legal 500 UK 2015 guide to outstanding juniors nationwide. He is recommended on the Midland Circuit for Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence.

    "Able to get on top of a case quicker than many advocates."

    Please click here for more information.

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