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Andrew Goddard KC specialises in the law of commercial obligations, professional negligence and international arbitration, particularly in the context of disputes concerning major construction and engineering contracts, energy and IT projects. He has had much involvement in infrastructure, telecoms and energy disputes, and has acted for main contractors, sub-contractors, professionals and employers, including national and foreign Governments.
Andrew has experience of PPP and PFI projects in the UK and various Commonwealth jurisdictions, and is a director of the Caribbean Procurement Institute. He has also acted as counsel for core participants in public inquiries in the UK and Caribbean.
Andrew is “a creative thinker” and “very analytical” (Chambers and Partners), he is strategic in his approach to the prosecution and resolution of disputes. He believes that the process can be improved by increased party collaboration, where sensible to do so, and early identification of the real issues, thereby improving the client’s overall experience and, crucially, outcomes. His expertise in international commercial arbitration stems from appearing in numerous disputes referred to arbitration under the auspices of the ICC, the HKIAC, the LCIA and the LMAA. He also has experience of investor-state disputes proceeding before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
Related areas of law in which he has detailed knowledge and experience include ship construction and conversion, insurance and performance bonds. He is also experienced in judicial review and issues relating to public procurement.
Andrew is a mediator and has been appointed as arbitrator, adjudicator, legal assessor, and legal expert in various disputes. He has also been admitted on an ad hoc basis to the Bars of Hong Kong, Trinidad and Tobago and Tanzania.
Andrew is listed as a leading silk in Construction and International Arbitration by The Legal 500, the Chambers UK Bar Guide, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, the Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide, the Chambers Global Guide and Who’s Who Legal. He is also listed in The Legal 500’s Private Practice Powerlist 2023: Arbitration, Hong Kong.
“He is strategically excellent.”
Construction, Chambers and Partners
Andrew has represented a large number of employers, Governments, contractors, sub-contractors and consultants on many cases, both domestic and international, concerning numerous types of building and civil engineering projects.
Andrew has wide experience acting for contractors on domestic and international disputes arising out of the design and construction of, among others, power plants and waste water treatment plants. Examples of his work include:
Andrew has represented, among others, governments and contractors on disputes arising from road, rail and infrastructure projects. His experience includes:
In the professional negligence field Andrew has acted for claimants, defendants and their indemnity insurers in relation to claims brought against a wide range of professionals including solicitors, architects and construction professionals. Examples include:
Instructed by foreign Government in respect of the procurement and construction of several Island-class patrol vessels. The vessels are based on the Royal Navy‘s River-class patrol vessels, are 90 m (295 ft) long, and have 80 man crews plus accommodation for 40 troops. They are designed to perform a range of Economic Exclusion Zone (EEZ) management, special operations and maritime law enforcement tasks.
Andrew gained significant experience as a junior, and then as leading counsel, over several years in a massive international dispute arising out of a contract for the conversion of a bulk carrier into a dynamically positioned pipe-laying vessel. The claims, arbitrated in London, raised numerous issues of contractual interpretation, fraud, proof and quantification of loss, and currency of award (with successive appeals to the High Court) Sembawang Corporation v Pacific Ocean Shipbuilding  EWHC 2743 (Comm);  App. LR 11.
Andrew has recently instructed by a foreign shipyard to advise on issues of contractual interpretation, including termination provisions of marine contract, and institution of arbitration proceedings under LMAA arbitration clause.
Andrew has also provided advice in respect of the redevelopment of a dry dock in UAE.
Andrew acted as Leading Counsel for the principal participant in a major Public Inquiry into the construction industry in Trinidad and Tobago. The Inquiry, chaired by an English QC, lasted for over a year and involved allegations of corruption in the public procurement decisions of a State-Owned Enterprise.
The Inquiry spawned two significant Judicial Reviews in the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago leading to findings of apparent bias on the part of two members of the Inquiry panel and a landmark decision on the immunity of Counsel appearing at a Public Inquiry.
Andrew is currently acting for one of the principal Core Participants in the on-going UK Public Inquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower in north London in June 2017.
Andrew acted on behalf of a foreign investor arbitrating claims pursuant to bilateral investment treaty (BIT) proceeding before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
“Andrew is good at analysing complicated legal, technical and factual issues. His advocacy is smooth and well-structured. He is able to explain complicated matters in a logical and easy-to-understand manner. He is also responsive and understands the need of solicitors.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2024
“Andrew is a leading construction silk. He is a skilled advocate with extensive construction experience. His advice is practical and thorough.”
International Arbitration, The Legal 500 2024
“He is excellent to work with and available any time.”
International Arbitration: Construction/Engineering, Chambers UK Bar 2024
“In addition to being an excellent advocate, Andrew works extremely hard, making himself available at all times to suit the needs of the case. Superb support and leadership.”
“Andrew provides excellent advice on matters of interpretation and strategy.”
Construction, Chambers UK Bar 2024
“Andrew understands the needs of the client perfectly and provides solutions from both the legal and commercial perspective.”
“From the perspective of an arbitrator, he is worth listening to and doesn’t waste your time. He knows what he’s doing.”
International Arbitration – The Bar, Chambers Asia Pacific 2024
“Andrew is incredibly bright and hard working and an absolute pleasure to work with. His written advocacy is better than almost anyone else’s. His oral advocacy is also extremely strong.”
Construction, Energy & Infrastructure, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2023
“Andrew is able to grasp complex factual and scientific matters with ease, and he is a pleasure to work with.”
“He got up to speed really quickly and was calm and measured in his arguments.”
“Andrew is an absolute star at the strategy.”
Construction, Chambers UK Bar 2023
“Andrew Goddard is intelligent, commercially astute and a real fighter. He will go the extra mile for his clients.”
“He is a very good advocate.”
International Arbitration: Chambers UK Bar 2023
“Andrew did an absolutely fantastic job. He is creative and an absolute star in strategy and not just black-letter law.”
International Arbitration, Chambers Asia Pacific 2023
“Andrew is a very experienced construction barrister. His opinions are thorough and easy to understand, his advocacy is extremely effective, and his strategy is effective and pragmatic.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2023
“Top notch cross-examination and advocacy skills. Very hard working with good attention to details. Excellent in developing case strategy and easy to work with.”
International Arbitration: Counsel, The Legal 500 2023
The above are a selection of recent client endorsements from the leading legal directories, both UK and internationally. For a complete list of endorsements, please contact the practice management team at Atkin Chambers.