Year of call 1993
Described in Legal 500 as “embarrassingly good on his feet and great with clients”, Andrew Butler QC practises in the areas of Property and Business & Commercial, and is Head of Chambers’ Business & Commercial Group. While he accepts instructions across the full spectrum of commercial and property work, he particularly specialises in development disputes and professional negligence matters, with company law issues also forming an increasing part of his caseload.
Andrew is a qualified mediator and a member of both the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the London Court of International Arbitration. He is an adjudicator on the panel of the Professional Negligence Bar Association. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2018 and (again in the words of Legal 500) is “quickly developing his silk practice”. The last few months have seen him appear in the Supreme Court and increasingly regularly in the Court of Appeal, as well as the Commercial and Business and Property Courts.
Andrew has been short-listed for Barrister of the Year in the Lawyer Awards 2020.
Andrew’s background is in Real Property and the majority of his practice is in professional negligence and commercial claims with a property element.
In the former context, he has undertaken claims against architects, surveyors, insurance brokers and solicitors, among other professionals (see, further, “Professional Negligence” below).
In the latter context, he undertakes cases in a variety of contexts, recent examples including a Supreme Court case involving estate agency fees (Devani v Wells  2 WLR 617); a dispute over land registration in the context of company breakdown (Knightsbridge Properties v South Chelsea Properties  11 WLUK 42); and a bitterly-fought neighbour dispute over restrictive covenants in which Andrew succeeded at first instance and in the Court of Appeal (Jones v Oven  EWCA Civ 1895).
Andrew undertakes purely commercial work, often with an international element. Recent examples include the successful resistance of an attempt by a creditor under a judgment obtained in China to enforce that judgment in the UK (Ningbo Jiangdong Jiemao Import & Export Co Ltd v Universal Garments International Ltd  11 WLUK 660); a multi-million pound dispute arising out of a construction dispute in Sierra Leone which gave rise to jurisdictional challenges and a contest over security for costs in which Andrew prevailed in the Court of Appeal (Dawnus Sierra Leone v Timis Mining Corp  EWCA CIv 1066); and TBD v Simons and others, an ongoing dispute between a supplier to the aviation industry and ex-employees competing in alleged breach of restrictive covenants.
As set out in the Real Property section, much of Andrew’s work in this context (and outside it) has a professional negligence element. For example, Andrew is currently engaged in a multi-million pound dispute in the Commercial Court concerning the management of investments by a Cyprus-based investment management company operating in the Indian property market. Other ongoing cases include claims against solicitors by a property investor for allegedly inadequate advice given in the context of the acquisition of a portfolio of lease-for-life properties, and by a gaming business whose advisers failed to make a timely application for a 1954-Act lease renewal; and a claim against surveyors arising out of a defective survey of a high-value residential property in Oxfordshire.
Andrew is a trained mediator and has ample experience of the mediation process, both as advocate and mediator.