Andrew Warnock

Call: 1993, QC: 2012
Queen’s Counsel (QC)

“Probably #1 in terms of developing the law in duty of care.”  
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Expertise
Andrew specialises in public authority claims with particular expertise in social services, education, child abuse, human rights and the police.
Recent cases
 

  • Wells v Devani [2019] UKSC 4: Successfully represented the Appellant in the Supreme Court in this case concerning contractual certainty, interpretation of contracts and implied terms.

  • James-Bowen v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2018] UKSC 40: Successfully represented the Commissioner in the Supreme Court in this case concerning whether employers owe a duty of care to their employees in the way in which they conduct litigation.

  • Sumner v Colborne [2018] EWCA Civ 1006: Successfully represented the highway authority in this case which considered whether owners of property abutting the highway owe a duty of care to road users to maintain vegetation so as to preserve highway sight lines.

  • Piepenbrock v London School of Economics [2018] EWHC 2572: Successfully defended the LSE in a £multi-million claim for occupational stress and harassment brought by a former lecturer.

  • Aston Hall litigation: Acting for the Secretary of State for Health in group litigation brought by former patients of a paediatric psychiatric unit.

  • Manchester Arena Inquests: Currently acting for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (which runs the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service) in the inquests arising out of the terrorist attack.

  • Duggan v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis: Currently acting for the Metropolitan police in the High Court claim brought by the family of Mark Duggan, who was shot dead during a police operation in 2011.

Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 Rankings
Legal 500

Education - leading silks - ‘He is very calm and focused and has great knowledge and experience of the law on abuse claims.’

Personal injury - leading silks - ‘He is very calm and focused, he has great knowledge and experience of the law.'

Professional negligence - leading silks - 'Very impressive.’

Police law - leading silks - 'He represents forces in civil claims.’

 

Chambers & Partners

Local government (Silks)

Police law - Mainly defendant (Silks) - Advises police forces on personal injury issues and police law claims, including human rights breaches and failures to protect. He offers additional experience in cases concerning dog bites.
"Supremely clever, calm and reliable. He is extremely user-friendly and pleasant." "Extremely knowledgeable and unquestionably one of the easiest lawyers to work with." Recent work: Represented the Chief Constable of Essex Police in a claim for breach of the Human Rights Act for alleged failure to protect a victim of domestic violence.

Personal injury (Silks) - Prominent defence counsel for serious historic sexual abuse cases, often involving multiple claimants and famous defendants. He is also a regular feature in the most complex and precedent-setting public liability cases. His broad personal injury expertise also encompasses psychiatric, brain and spinal injury claims. A go-to choice for many major insurers and clients from the public sector.

"He manages to absorb a huge amount of detail and has great recall." "He's very bright, as well as being extremely accessible and user-friendly."   Recent work: Successfully defended the highway authority in Robinson v North Yorkshire County Council, a case concerning a claimant who suffered a spinal injury when he fell off an unfenced road on the approach to Richmond Castle.
Memberships
 

  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association

  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

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