Amanda Wylie

Amanda Wylie

Partner Belfast, United Kingdom

Qualification

  • Qualified in Northern Ireland in 1995

Amanda is the managing partner in the firm’s Belfast office. 

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.

"The ‘determined, meticulously detailed and highly combative’ Amanda Wylie…"

The Legal 500 UK 2018/19

Market recognition

  • Notable practitioner for 'Litigation (Northern Ireland)'
    Chambers UK 2019
  • Notable practitioner for 'Professional Negligence (Northern Ireland)'
    Chambers UK 2019
  • Notable practitioner for 'Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant (Northern Ireland)'
    "She's extremely thorough with what she does and she sets out all the information clearly."
    Chambers UK 2019
  • Notable practitioner for 'Clinical Negligence: Mainly Defendant (Northern Ireland)'
    "She provides good, accurate advice which gets to the heart of the issues. Once a file has been passed to her you know she will be on top of it from the start."
    Chambers UK 2019
  • Leading Individual and Recommended Lawyer for 'Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant (Northern Ireland)'
    "The ‘very practical’ practice head Amanda Wylie is ‘extremely hardworking’ and ‘leaves no stone unturned’."
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
  • Leading Individual and Recommended Lawyer for 'Dispute resolution (Northern Ireland)'
    "The ‘determined, meticulously detailed and highly combative’ Amanda Wylie…"
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
  • Included in the The Best Lawyersin the United Kingdom 2019 for Transport Law (Belfast)
  • Leading Individual for Litigation and Personal Injury: Defendant, "very driven to ensure her clients' interests are protected."
    Chambers UK 2018 
  • She is described as "very knowledgeable and on the ball"
    Chambers UK 2017
  •  "vast experience and an ability to communicate at all levels".
    The Legal 500 UK 2017

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.
Market recognition
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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2019

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    Leading Individual

    The Legal 500 UK 2019

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017

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    Leading Individual

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017

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    Leading Individual

    Chambers UK 2016

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016

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    Leading Individual

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016