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Andrew Bandurka



Friary Court
65 Crutched Friars
London EC3N 2AE
United Kingdom

Office Telephone: +44 (0)20 7264 8000
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Andrew is a very experienced lawyer in our insurance/reinsurance department in London. He acts regularly in large, complex claims with an international flavour. He is an accredited mediator (Civil Mediation Council registered), a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a member of the ARIAS(UK) panel of experts/arbitrators.

He is a member of the Legal 500 inaugural "Hall of Fame", which is for "individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence" and who are "at the pinnacle of the profession", having been recognised as a market-leading lawyer for at least 8 out of the last 10 years.

Accritas named him as a "Star Lawyer" after a survey of 4300 senior in-house counsel worldwide identified him as a "real specialist and a real expert" who "gives a very quick idea of whether the law can solve the problem, so he doesn't waste your time with litigation that ends up going nowhere.....But if there is a legal solution, he will find it and deliver it".

The Legal 500 directory says he "excels in reinsurance, coverage, product liability and professional indemnity disputes" and described his professional negligence work (for brokers, IFAs, construction professionals) as "fantastic" and "first class". Chambers Directory says he is "certainly the man for a good strong defence". He also specialises in large, complex claims (property/BI, casualty, manufacturing, energy/power, construction.)

He led successful teams in several leading cases including the Kuwait invasion aggregation case (Scott-v-Copenhagen Re), the Exxon Valdez oil pollution case (King-v-Brandywine), and the 9/11 Twin Towers case (Heraldglen-v-AIOI). Other reported cases include Home-v-Wurtembergische (reinsurance pool run-off), Hassneh-v-Pan Atlantic (arbitrator qualifications) , R-v-Corporation of Lloyd's ex parte MacMillan (Lloyd's litigation).

His clients and peers are cited anonymously in Legal 500 as saying he is a "leading individual" who is a "strategic thinker who balances the legal risk with the financial issues in play" and in Chambers as an "incredibly strategic litigator" who "stands out for his expertise" and has a "keen eye for detail, technical excellence and good communication skills", and is "a very tough litigator who specialises in complex insurance and reinsurance disputes". He is "very quick on the uptake and has a tremendous ability to ascertain the values at risk, explain these in a simple manner, and advise when to fight and when to negotiate".

He was named as a Thomson Reuters/Sunday Telegraph "Super Lawyer", and is listed in the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers and the Guide to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers.

Andrew graduated in Mathematics and Statistics, has a Master's degree in Operational Research, and qualified as a barrister and a solicitor. He worked for British Airways and for International Insurance Services (IIS), before becoming a partner at HFW 25+ years ago.

Andrew is qualified in England and Wales.


The London office is the firm's largest, with over 250 lawyers.

It offers the full range of services that HFW provides globally, with partners from the London office working closely with all the other HFW offices, as well as in many jurisdictions around the world. HFW moved to its current premises in September 2008, having previously been in nearby Lloyds Avenue for almost 100 years.

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