Andrew focuses his practice on product liability litigation and medical device litigation, and has worked on disputes for insurers. He has also defended medical malpractice claims on behalf of hospitals and surgeons. Andrew is known for being approachable and personable, enabling him to develop good relationships with clients and helping him to understand his clients' demands and expectations.
- Andrew is currently representing a large automotive company dealing with a claim involving a vehicle fire caused by an alleged electrical defect that caused damage to the claimant’s property and claims involving various warranty issues.
- Andrew advises a world-leading tobacco company on smoking and health cases in the United Kingdom, Europe and Africa.
- Andrew is advising the insurers of an electronics company about a house fire allegedly caused by a defective microwave.
Medical Device Litigation
- Before joining Shook, Andrew served on the team representing the insurers of the U.K. distributor in the PIP breast implant group litigation. Hired in August 2011, Andrew assisted the client in dealing with the initial media attention. He was also the point person within the team who managed up to 800 claims and on discovery. This gave Andrew significant experience in dealing with group actions in England and Wales.
- Andrew is currently the associate acting on behalf of a multinational medical device company in dealing with the pelvic mesh cases being pursued in the United Kingdom, including monitoring cases in Scotland and on claims in England centered on an allegedly defective pacemaker and other cardiac devices.
- Andrew has several years of experience defending National Health Service trusts, private hospitals and surgeons in medical malpractice claims in the United Kingdom. This experience has proved invaluable in providing Andrew with an excellent grounding of running litigation and has been useful in working with co-defendants in medical device cases.
- Andrew successfully defended a mental health hospital in a claim in excess of £250,000 for unlawful imprisonment of a patient following an administrative error. A technical breach of the tort was admitted from the outset, but it was argued that as no loss was suffered, the claimant was entitled to only nominal damages. The argument was successful at first instance in February 2014 and the decision was upheld in the Court of Appeal in January 2015, where the claimant was awarded only £1. Bostridge v Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust (2015) EWCA Civ 79.
- Andrew has managed a number of employer-liability and public-liability claims on behalf of insurers in the London market. This work involved the defense of claims and issues of insurance coverage.
- Andrew has advised leading cigarette manufacturers on the regulatory requirements for the manufacture, sale and marketing of e-vapor products in the UK and Europe.
Alison Newstead & Andrew Davidson, Litigation in the U.K.? 5 Things You Need to Know Before Taking Your Next Step, Inside Counsel, February 2016.
Alison Newstead, Andrew Davidson & David Schoenfeld, Is Your Company Insured Through The London Market?, Law360, February 2016.
Gavin Reese, Jason Bright, Stuart White & Andrew Davidson, Product Liability Update, August 2012.
Simon Chandler, Gavin Reese & Andrew Davidson, Attacking fraudulent claims, July 2012.