Year of call 1993
Andrew Butler QC practises in the areas of Property and Business & Commercial, and is Head of Chambers’ Business & Commercial Group. His cases often involve damage to property and encompass professional negligence claims as well as insurance and construction disputes.
Andrew has been recommended for Real Estate Litigation in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for many years, described as being “extremely user-friendly, his tenacious and practical approach makes him a favourite with clients. He can very quickly review a large amount of information and detail and provide practical and specialised advice, often at short notice.”
Andrew is a qualified mediator and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is an adjudicator on the panel of the Professional Negligence Bar Association. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2018.
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.