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
The Lord Chancellor has announced the intention of the Government to carry out a review of the 2005 Constitutional Reform Act, an act that removed the Lord Chancellor’s role as head of the judiciary and led, to some, a politicisation of the role. Why should we be monitoring this review?
Partner Andrew Underwood takes a look at this recent case where the decision highlights the significant cost risks associated with withholding an open admission from an innocent claimant, and identifies some potential solutions.
Client Alerts 20/07/2020
The Government Actuary’s Department published the 8th Edition of the Ogden Tables on 17 July 2020.
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.