Call 1993 (Middle Temple)
Qualifications BA (Hons) York
Professional Memberships Member of the Personal Injury Bar Association
Scholarships Benefactor’s and Blackstone scholarships from Middle Temple
Areas of Practice
Andrew is a leading junior in the field of Personal Injury, consistently recommended in the Legal 500 and Chambers
Directory for the past 10 years, whose practice takes him to all parts of the country but particularly the South West
and South Wales.
Andrew's key fields of expertise lie in employers' liability for accidents at work and industrial disease, road traffic
accidents, bullying and stress at work, sexual abuse, health and safety and property damage.
Andrew is instructed by private individuals and insurance companies alike.
He also undertakes work on behalf of NHS Trusts and Local Authorities.
He has extensive experience of dealing with multi-track claims at all levels, including at the top end catastrophic
accidents such as the explosion at the Port Talbot Steelworks and group litigation in relation to industrial disease
(recently noise-induced deafness).
He has a detailed knowledge of the legal and medical issues arising in claims for damages arising from exposure to
asbestos, noise-induced deafness, hand/arm vibration syndrome, exposure to hazardous substances, including
bacteria, repetitive strain injury and stress at work.
Andrew is known for his approachable style, courtroom skills, flexibility and turnaround time.
Andrew covers a broad spectrum of work which includes dishonest claims for fire and other property damage, false
claims for theft or loss of property, fraudulent or exaggerated personal injury claims, fraudulent disability/life
insurance claims, LVI/phantom passenger claims, and issues arising in relation to dates of inception, disclosure of
facts/information, cooperation etc.
Andrew is sought after widely for his tenacious cross-examination style, his enthusiasm for the work and his ability
to deal with substantial complex cases within a rapid time-frame. He understands need for meticulous investigation
and consideration of the facts and the early identification of suspicious claims.
Andrew is qualified to undertake Direct Access work in appropriate cases, for further information, please visit our
Direct Access page.
He has acted with notable success for Lloyds TSB, Zurich Life, QBE, AXA and others.
• ‘A’ v Hoare  2 WLR 311, House of Lords,  1 WLR 2320 (Court of Appeal): Limitation period and
Human Rights in claim for sexual assault.
Chambers UK 2011
• "Bright, able and practical" Andrew McLaughlin, impresses solicitors with his "expert analysis and excellent
cross-examination." McLaughlin had a role in Kerr v Morrisons Supermarkets and L&G Equipment, a matter
where the claimant had been injured whilst using a liquid petroleum gas pump.
Chambers UK 2010
• Andrew McLaughlin has impressed the legal community with his “incredibly enthusiastic and helpful attitude,
first-class grasp of complex paperwork and impressive manner in court.”
Chambers UK 2009
• Andrew McLaughlin "impresses with his very sharp grasp of complex issues.” His legal knowledge is second to
none, and his “highly tuned intellect” is unswervingly present, even in the most fraught of cases.
Legal 500 2010
• Andrew McLaughlin is “excellent, easy to deal with and a consummate professional”.
Legal 500 2009
• Andrew McLaughlin is highly respected
St John’s Chambers
101 Victoria Street
Bristol BS1 6PU
Telephone 0117 921 3456