Andrew is the former Head of Keoghs′ Complex Injury Team and a leading expert with an outstanding reputation. He is a ‵named individual′ for a number of major insurers and has dealt with defendant personal injury litigation since joining Keoghs in 1987, specialising in serious and catastrophic injury claims, both liability and motor.
Andrew was a founding member of FOIL in 1993 and held the post of treasurer for over 10 years as well as being president of FOIL in 2005, when he instigated a market debate on multi track personal injury behavioural reform, culminating in the Serious Injury Guide published in October 2015. He also won the award for Defendant Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year at the inaugural Personal Injury Awards in 2008. Andrew takes a very active role in the market on thought leadership and sat on the Civil Procedure Rules Committee from 2013 to 2019. He also sits on the Serious Injury Guide Steering Group (comprising APIL and senior insurers) and the Ogden Working Party.
He has taken cases to the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Justice. Andrew is ranked by Chambers & Partners legal guide as a ‵Star Individual′, being highly regarded by peers and clients alike. Comments include “if he says something, then it is worth listening to" and “He will get to the resolution economically, efficiently and with style."
Latest Insights by Andrew Underwood
Quirky factual circumstances and legal authorities are nothing new. The case of Morrow v Shrewsbury RFU concerned an unlucky claimant hit on the head by a falling rugby upright; however the point of interest was that the claimant’s entitlement to costs (subject to detailed assessment) was reduced by 15% based on conduct grounds. Does this case signal a change in judicial approach or is it no more than a restatement of existing law? We think the latter but it serves to highlight some important tactical issues for insurers.
Client Alerts 16/04/2020
On 1 April 2020 the Supreme Court handed down its decision in XX v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust  UKSC 14. The focus of the appeal was on the damages payable for the loss of the claimant’s ability to bear her own child.
Client Alerts 07/04/2020
A number of amendments to the Civil Procedure Rules come into effect from 6 April 2020.
The new tables published last week by the Government Actuary at the new discount rate of -0.25% are based on the same mortality data that was used in the last edition of the Ogden tables (7th Edition).
Not quite but we are hopefully getting there!
The recent decisions such as Swift v Carpenter  EWHC 060 (QB) serve to deliver some useful reminders for insurers and their lawyers that trials are rarely a sympathetic forum to conclude cases.