Andrew’s practice encompasses three specialist areas: Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Licensing.
Andrew Evans is Head of the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Groups in Chambers.
Recognised as a Leading Junior in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 2020 editions in Clinical Negligence and Licensing:
Over the last 20 years Andrew has developed an established reputation in this field as a result of his wide-ranging experience in this ever-developing area. Andrew acts for the trade, local authorities and responsible authorities (where separate representation is required).
Best known for his alcohol and entertainment licensing, Andrew Evans also advises on and provides representation for disputes arising from the licensing of taxis and in other more esoteric areas of licensing. He is especially noted for the thoroughness of his preparation, his eye kept on the bigger picture and his courtroom acuity.
Andrew regularly appears before local authorities, the Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court and Administrative Court in licensing matters. Andrew receives instructions in matters relating to the Licensing Act 2003 from major pub operators, hotel chains and local authorities across England and Wales to provide specialist advice and advocacy on a wide variety of contentious and non-contentious matters.
Andrew can be available for emergency applications such as summary review/ interim steps applications and closure order applications at short notice.
Andrew accepts instructions to advise and represent corporate entities and families at inquests, particularly where civil claims are contemplated. Andrew also has a busy clinical negligence practice and is comfortable dealing with medical evidence.
Andrew acts for the estates and dependants of victims of fatal accidents that occur as the result of road traffic accidents, in the course of their work or arising from clinical negligence.
Andrew has experience of high value claims arising from very serious injuries. Recent cases include:
Andrew provides advice and representation to claimants and defendants in claims arising from industrial exposure to harmful dust, chemicals and substances caught by the COSHH Regulations 2002, vibration, repetitive activities causing work related upper limb disorders and stress.
Recent instructions include:
In recent years Andrew has built up considerable experience in personal injury litigation. With a background in the early part of his career prosecuting criminal cases in the Crown Court he is ideally suited to civil and in particular personal injury fraud work.
Andrew accepts instructions from the early stages in defending insurers’ interests, advising on: investigation tactics; witness credibility; requirements for expert evidence (and testing it in conference); whether fraud may be properly advanced in pleadings; and thereafter in drafting statements of case and providing robust representation at trial. With years of experience on his feet in the Crown Court, before he made the change to practising exclusively in civil law ten years ago, Andrew is not afraid to get stuck into a witness in cross-examination, usually to good effect.
Recent instructions include cases involving: Low Velocity Impact claims; fraud rings; phantom passengers; inflated credit hire and repair claims; induced accidents; and staged accidents.
Andrew has an established practice in clinical negligence cases built on his earlier experience in personal injury work. His growing reputation sees him instructed by some of the leading national law firms in this highly specialised field, where his client care, attention to detail and ability to identify how cases can be won are appreciated and in demand.
Andrew receives instructions to draft statements of case and schedules, advise and appear in applications, provide advice in writing or conference with expert witnesses in attendance and provide representation at trial.
Andrew has a particular interest in recent years in cosmetic surgery cases.
Recent instructions include claims relating to:
Andrew is happy to accept instructions on a CFA basis where appropriate and to appear before the Coroners Court where civil claims are contemplated.
As part of St Philips’ continuing commitment to continuity of representation, and desire to be actively involved in cases from the earliest stages, Andrew regularly appears for parties at CCMCs and is entirely comfortable with costs budgeting of budgets up to c.£400k.
Andrew accepts instructions relating to claims made for personal injury and associated losses arising from accidents abroad. Andrew accepts instructions in mostly multi-track cases involving the Package Travel Regulations. Recent cases include:
Andrew is instructed in personal injury matters on the multi-track, a significant proportion in the High Court. The value of his normal caseload is usually between £100,000 and £1m. Recent cases have involved:
As part of St. Philips’ commitment to providing continuity of service through a case from the earliest advice on prospects to trail, if required, Andrew regularly appears in CCMCs in both the County and High Court. Andrew understands the importance of fighting for the directions that allow a case to be resolved justly on behalf of a claimant, and the importance to that of a costs budget being set that allows sufficient funding to be in place for expert evidence and solicitors work to see that the case is litigated properly. In the earliest part of his career Andrew accepted instructions in specialist costs work, drafting and arguing points of dispute and replies, and attending hearings (including before Masters and Costs Judges in the Senior Courts Costs Office in London). This early training has always ensured that Andrew is comfortable with costs negotiation and arguments before the Courts. The budgets Andrew tends to work with are in the £100,000 to £400,000 range. Andrew’s philosophy for Costs Budgeting is to know the case thoroughly and be pragmatic in the hearing, being careful to achieve the best overall result on the budget from the particular judge. Regular appearances before the more senior District Judges in Birmingham and the Midlands, help to ensure that he knows their approaches and idiosyncrasies to the advantage of his lay and professional clients.
Treasurer of the Midland Circuit
“Andrew is one of the outstanding ‘first-class’ juniors. He knows and understands the client and works tirelessly so that no stone is left unturned. He is extremely open and transparent.” Legal 500 2023
“Andrew is strategically brilliant. He has great foresight in complex clinical negligence matters and has the ability to plead claims in a very robust way. He is very personable and is fantastic with clients. He invests time and thought into cases.” Legal 500 2023
“Good on his feet, trusted by clients, and happy to take on difficult cases.” Legal 500 2023
“Andrew is very responsive and easy to work with. He has a commercial mindset that puts the client at the centre of the process. Andrew has a keen eye for detail and is a shrewd tactician.” Chambers & Partners 2023
“He is an impressive advocate who is well equipped to deal with the most complex medical negligence cases.” Chambers & Partners 2023
“He is easy to deal with and transparent. He also speaks using easy to understand terminology.” Chambers & Partners 2023
“Andy is technically brilliant and very approachable. He has the ability to immediately instil trust and confidence in clients, delivering legal advice in a clear manner.” Legal 500 2022
“Excellent barrister, always my first choice and a favourite of our clients too.” Legal 500 2022
“A great advocate in complex applications and costs case management conferences.” Legal 500 2020
“He is very switched-on and extremely thorough. His ability to get his head around complex medical issues is very impressive. His advice and support fills me with confidence in any case in which he is instructed.” Chambers UK
“Responsive and great with clients. Good technical ability.” Chambers UK
“He has full command of the key issues in a case.” Legal 500
“His attention to detail on some of the finer points was second to none. I was impressed with his approachable manner yet in-depth knowledge of the subject matter, which you would only see from a true specialist in the field of clinical negligence.” Chambers UK
“He has an eye for detail; his drafting is impressive. He’s a strong advocate.” Chambers UK
“He is personable, and has great client-care skills.” Legal 500 “His client care is second to none. I use him on cases with clients that are more difficult as he manages their expectation well.” Chambers UK