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Wylie, Amanda
Amanda Wylie
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Chambers UK 2016 - Leading Individual

Chambers UK 2016 - Leading Individual

The Legal 500 UK 2016 - Leading individual

Legal 500 UK 2016 leading individual

The Legal 500 UK 2016 - Recommended lawyer

Legal 500 UK - recommended lawyer

The Legal 500 UK 2015 - Leading Individual

The Legal 500 UK 2015 - Leading Individual

Leading individual - The Legal 500 UK 2017

Recommended lawyer - The Legal 500 UK 2017

Amanda Wylie


Amanda is the managing partner in the firm’s Belfast office. She qualified in Northern Ireland in 1995 and brought her leading team to Kennedys in 2010.

Amanda specialises in insurance matters, casualty and professional negligence (coverage and defence). In casualty, she defends catastrophic and large loss matters in employers’, public and road traffic liability claims for insurers and self-insured companies. She also defends disease claims and deals with regulatory health and safety prosecutions in marine, transport, retail and healthcare. Amanda works for marine insurers and P&I Clubs and Associations and conducts vessel arrests under Admiralty law.

She is a leading defence litigation practitioner, and is respected locally as an expert in professional negligence, medical negligence and ¬advisory matters including inquests, inquiries and disciplinary matters.

Amanda also handles first and third party claims arising from incidents causing major losses, including; fire, explosion, flood, collapse, impact, machinery breakdown, environmental contamination, subsidence and riots. She acts for architects, engineers and surveyors, in construction related disputes. She recently dealt with a recovery action arising out of defective onshore and marine works at Victoria Terminal 4 in Belfast Harbour, securing a multi-million pound settlement after mediation in London.

She deals with commercial litigation such as freezing orders, search orders, third party disclosure and contract disputes, including procurement challenges of tender awards and alternative dispute resolution. She also leads in Belfast in defending product liability actions.

Amanda works on a number of complex and high value claims, including leading the ASR litigation in Northern Ireland and leading in the high profile “Hyponatraemia Inquiry” arising out of the deaths of children due to fluid overload; managing a high profile claim on behalf of a firm of architects arising out of the design of the MAC Theatre, one of Northern Ireland’s most prestigious arts venues.

She is a former Regional Representative for FOIL, sat on the Contentious Business Committee of Law Society for a number of years and is a Council Member of the Freight Council in Northern Ireland. Amanda recently met with the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland to discuss the potential changes to funding arrangements for civil litigation in Northern Ireland.

Amanda has been a ranked a Leading Individual / Recommended Lawyer in legal directories for over 10 years; most recently for clinical negligence, litigation, personal injury, transport and professional negligence. She is described by market sources as someone who “knows her business” and is “extremely diligent and tenacious in her pursuit of resolving disputes", Chambers UK 2016. She is described as "very knowledgeable and on the ball" in Chambers UK 2017, whilst she is a Leading Individual for Litigation and Personal Injury: Defendant in the 2018 edition and a client describes her as "very driven to ensure her clients' interests are protected.". The Legal 500 UK 2017 describes her as having "vast experience and an ability to communicate at all levels".

Work highlights

Acting in relation to a claim where the claimant fell from height at work into a tar bin. The claimant is paraplegic and has significant loss of power in his arms. The claimant will have complex care needs and periodical payments are likely to be awarded.

Acting for engineers in a claim from the developer of a showcase apartment block at the old Ormeau Bakery site. The claim involves the allegedly faulty installation of boilers and flues which resulted in the boilers being switched off.

Acting in relation to a claim where the claimant’s hand and arm were pulled into machinery while working on board a fishing vessel. The claimant has significant injuries and PTSD. Future loss of earnings claimed exceed £500,000.

Acting for the architects of the landmark MAC building in Belfast in relation to various issues arising, in particular the alleged deterioration of the stone cladding.

Acting for surveyors in a chain of multi-million pound developments which it is alleged were negligently valued in litigation brought by a number of lenders.

Representing an insurer in defending noise induced hearing loss claims. Matters involve identifying correct insurers on cover, limitation issues and causation issues.