Andrew is 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 currently sits on the Civil Procedure Rules Committee, Serious Injury Guide Steering Group (comprising APIL and senior insurers) and sits on 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 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.
Client Alerts 04/02/2016
The Court of Appeal has granted leave to appeal in the case of AB v Main, which is being handled by Andrew Underwood and Kate Scholefield of Keoghs.
Client Alerts 12/10/2015
The Serious Injury Guide will come into effect from today - 12 October 2015. Cases with a potential value (on a full liability basis) in excess of £250,000 will be covered by the guide.
Client Alerts 05/03/2015
The claimant, aged seven, suffered severe injuries during her birth leading to severe quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy. Liability for the clinical negligence was admitted. Most heads of loss were agreed with a key area of dispute being the hydrotherapy costs and associated accommodation.
Client Alerts 03/03/2015
The settlement of a claim made by a protected party requires court approval. Unless there are provisions to the contrary, that order becomes a public document. Ironically, this means a non-protected claimant can settle their claim pre-litigation without their identity becoming public - a protected party cannot.
Client Alerts 09/02/2015
The life expectancy of the claimant, a child, was reduced as a result of a negligent act. The claimant claimed for loss of income and pension during the ‘lost years’ contrary to the decision in Croke v Wiseman (1982 CA).