Andrew White QC
Andrew is a specialist in domestic and international civil engineering and building disputes, shipbuilding and ship conversion disputes, rail and rolling stock disputes and oil and gas projects (including contracts for the sale and purchase of oil and gas). He also has considerable experience in the professional indemnity, information technology, telecommunications and procurement fields. During the past few years, he has handled many large and complex cases representing contractors, governments, private employers, manufacturers and their professional advisers all over the world.
He regularly appears as counsel in English High Court litigation, mediations, expert determinations and international and domestic arbitrations. Most of his work is international in nature and in recent years he has advised on disputes in Europe, the Middle East, North and South America, Australia and across Asia. He has appeared as counsel in the Court of Appeal, in Gibraltar, in the High Court of Hong Kong and in arbitrations in Brussels, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Gibraltar.
Andrew has also been appointed to sit as sole and party appointed arbitrator in UNCITRAL, ICC and ad hoc arbitrations in England, New Zealand and New York.
He was appointed a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn in 2003.
CONSTRUCTION, ENGINEERING AND INFRASTRUCTURE
“Exemplary.” Legal 500 2015
“His performance was superb.” Chambers 2016
Andrew has dealt with the whole range of issues including claims for loss and expense, bonds claims, defects claims, cost overrun claims and liquidated damages in relation to the design and construction of power stations, shipbuilding and ship conversions, roads and other transport infrastructure, town and city redevelopments, including hospitals and schools. This includes numerous international arbitrations in South and East Asia, the Middle East and Europe. On the domestic front he has previously led a team in Brookfield
Europe v Mott McDonald in what is thought to be the largest claim issued in the Technology and Construction Court. More recently he has conducted a major litigation in the TCC relating to an access road dispute at Gibraltar airport.
ENERGY, NATURAL RESOURCES AND UTILITIES
“An exceptionally incisive advocate.” Legal 500 2015
Again he has considerable experience of both domestic and international disputes regarding oil and gas exploration and exploitation particularly in relation to the design and construction of onshore and offshore installations including oil rigs, pipelines and FPSO. Andrew has also acted as counsel in disputes regarding the sale and purchase of oil and gas. Recent international cases have taken him to Eastern Europe, Northern Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. Domestically he has recently acted as lead counsel in a dispute relating to an offshore windfarm.
“He has an uncanny ability to get into the detail and come up with the perfect strategy.” Chambers 2016
He has extensive experience acting as both advocate and arbitrator for a wide variety of employers and contractors in connection with costs overrun claims and liquidated damages in relation to the design, construction and upgrading of railway, underground and tram networks, tunnel building projects and the construction and modification of rolling stock in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Highlights include appearing as counsel in the House of Lords in Balfour Beatty v Eurotunnel and as counsel in relation to the construction of a new light rail system in the Middle East.
“His advocacy is excellent, he is very well prepared and he has an understated but assured manner.” Chambers 2016
Andrew has a great deal of experience in the professional negligence field, acting for claimants, defendants and their indemnity insurers in relation to claims brought against a wide range of professionals. In the field of negligence generally, Andrew appeared as junior counsel in the House of Lords in the landmark decision of Murphy v Brentwood.
IT AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
He has been instructed in various disputes concerning the design and construction of computers and the development of software. This includes a lengthy dispute concerning the design and construction of a central mobilising command and control system and acting on behalf of London Underground in a series of high value arbitrations.
Andrew has considerable experience in disputes under UK and European procurement rules. He was instructed by the Corporate Officer of the House of
Commons in connection with a lengthy High Court Action brought by tenderers for the fenestration package of the New Parliamentary Building at Westminster.