Andrew Caplan

Andrew Caplan

Partner Chelmsford, United Kingdom


  • Qualified in England and Wales in 1997

Andrew is a Partner and leads our Chelmsford office. He is a member of Kennedys’ Strategy Board.

Andrew is a defendant personal injury and dispute resolution lawyer acting for a range of insurers, local authorities, FTSE corporates, high net worth individuals and clubs.

He is regularly instructed in large loss and catastrophic claims, acting on behalf of insurers dealing with both employers’ and public liability (EL and PL) claims, including brain and psychiatric injury, spinal injury, amputations, fatal accidents, and multiple orthopaedic trauma. He is a named individual for a number of insurers on their catastrophic and large loss claims.

Andrew’s niche specialism is representing high-profile individuals, charities and organisations facing sensitive abuse allegations, often of a sexual or physical nature. This area of practice requires particular discretion, and Andrew manages adverse publicity for individuals and companies facing allegations of sexual abuse and/or neglect, and offers strategic guidance on handling these sensitive cases, as well as advising on reputational risk.

Andrew has managed an impressive range of claims, including high-profile individuals facing multi-party sexual abuse allegations; claims of a catastrophic nature with injuries of the utmost severity where damages exceed £1 million; and successfully defending high-profile claims in the Court of Appeal.

He is an active member of the firm’s local authority practice. He represents a range of local authorities handling EL, PL and highway matters, as well as abuse matters. He is actively involved in claims surrounding the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Andrew is a regular contributor to Kennedys’ personal injury publications and a co-author of Kennedys’ UK claims handling guide. He also regularly presents client seminars and speaks at industry events, including the Association of Local Authority Risk Managers (ALARM) conference. He is a non-executive director for the not-for-profit organisation, Community Risk Services and a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL).

Andrew “attracts praise for his track record and sound judgement”

The Legal 500 UK 2016

Work highlights

  • Valentine v TFL [2010]. Fatal road traffic accident involving a motorcyclist. A complex claim (over £1 million) involving liability and investment portfolio losses. Successfully defended in the Court of Appeal and reaffirmed interpretation of transitional defects under s.41 Highways Act 1980.
  • Robinson v Midland Bank Plc [2000]. EL claim involving chronic regional pain syndrome, interpretation of workplace regulations and contributory negligence.
  • Advised high-profile individual (entertainment industry) on a number of claims for compensation arising from allegations of sexual abuse. Claims were sensitively vetted; some were contested fiercely and others were resolved discreetly, on favourable terms, without adverse publicity.
  • Managed a series of multi-party £1 million to £3 million tunnel mining claims arising from tunnelling projects. Issues involved an international element, regulatory and contractual liability, lifetime losses and niche industry expert evidence.
  • Assisted an international insurer in a PL catastrophic injury claim following an estate agent falling through temporary flooring and suffering both spinal and traumatic brain injuries. Claim resolved for under £1 million.
  • Set up a high-profile redress scheme for a local authority relating to historical abuse claims.


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