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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.
He is an accredited civil and commercial 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 by The Legal 500 (Construction and International Arbitration), Chambers UK Bar Guide (Construction and International Arbitration), The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (Construction), Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide (Arbitration) and Chambers Global Guide.
“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:
Andrew has wide experience in the IT and Telecommunications fields acting for suppliers, manufacturers and contractors in relation to telecommunication systems and computer software systems. He has recently been appointed as arbitrator in an ICC arbitration concerning telecommunications technology. Examples of his recent work:
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:
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.
INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT DISPUTES
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 has wide experience in drafting and advising upon the correct interpretation of conditional and on-demand bonds. He has acted for banks, bondsmen and beneficiaries in numerous matters, including actions alleging fraud, TTI Telecom International v Huchison 3G  1 All ER (Comm) 914. Recent experience includes:
He has significant experience advising on the correct interpretation and effect of insurance policies and upon the provisions in standard form construction and engineering contracts and bespoke commercial contracts. He recently appeared in the Privy Council on an appeal from Trinidad and Tobago concerning the extent to which unnamed drivers were covered under policies of motor insurance. Presidential Insurance Company v Resha St Hill  UKPC 33.  3 LRC 7.
Andrew recently acted for a state-owned enterprise in a long-running public inquiry into public procurement policies and practices in the construction sector in Trinidad and Tobago. The inquiry resulted in several applications to the High Court for Judicial Review of the proceedings including a landmark decision on the law pertaining to privilege, and led to significant changes in practice being recommended by the Commission of Enquiry: Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago v Uff et al TT HC 100.