Andrew Cousins - DAC Beachcroft

Andrew Cousins's Expertise


Andrew Cousins

Andrew is a barrister in our specialist advocacy service, 8 DAC Beachcroft Buildings (8DB).

Andrew specialises in all aspects of coronial law and brings to this field his experience not only as a Barrister but also as an Assistant Coroner. In addition Andrew has substantial experience in the fields of casualty claims and the Compensation Recovery Unit and has written a book on the latter topic.

He has almost 20 years’ experience advising clients across a range of sectors including casualty claims, regulatory issues and inquests. This work has brought Andrew into contact with a wide variety of courts, and tribunals including the coroner’s courts, the magistrates and county courts as well as numerous divisions of the high court. He is experienced in appellate work in relation to both civil law and judicial review arising from coronial judgments.

Andrew has published numerous articles on a variety of civil litigation topics, but has a particular interest in procedural issues and has written widely on the issue of Part 36 offers. He is currently writing his second book on the topic of surveillance evidence which will be published in spring 2021.

Relevant experience / notable cases includes advising:

  • Acted for the applicant in seeking to judicially review the decision of an Assistant Coroner where, at an inquest, the employer was found to have exposed the deceased to chemicals which caused his death. The applicant was not notified of the inquest and only knew about the inquest when they received a prevention of future death report, this report triggered an HSE investigation. The application sought to quash the record of inquest, the PFD and have the inquest reheard. Led by leading counsel.
  • Represented the insurers of a coach company in defending a multimillion pound claim brought by passengers involved in a coach crash in France. The case involved disputes in relation to liability, causation, contributory negligence, quantum and part 20 claims. Led by leading counsel.
  • Represented the insurers of a driver in defending a severe brain injury claim following a road traffic accident, case pleaded at over £5m. Led by leading counsel.
  • Advised an interested party in relation to its response and position to an application for judicial review arising from a death in a care home. The family of the deceased are seeking to challenge the coroner's decision concerning a conclusion of death by natural causes following treatment in hospital after a fall at the client's care home. The client was an interested party in the judicial review proceedings, and could have faced an investigation from the care and quality commission if a fresh inquest found facts critical of their care.
  • Acted for an out of hours GP in relation to the death of a patient following a heart attack. The case involved expert evidence being given in the fields of cardiology, GP care and paramedic care.
  • Acted for the insurers of a driver in relation to a road traffic collision. The case was a rare instance where the Coroner had to consider a conclusion of unlawful killing because of the standard of driving of one of the vehicles involved in the collision. As such, an analysis of criminal case law and extracts of Blackstone's was conducted during the hearing. Submissions were required in relation to the issues of gross negligence manslaughter and Chief Coroner's Law Sheet number 1. The case received significant media attention.
  • Represented the out of hours GP in relation to the death of a patient from a rare pancreatic illness. The Coroner took extensive medical evidence over multiple days from experts of ever increasing specialty. A prevention of future death report was made in relation to numerous organisations who were not present at the inquest, but not against any interested persons at the inquest. 
  • Represented the owners of a quarry in relation to the death of a swimmer trespassing on the property. The case concerned a number of minors who had gone swimming in a quarry and sadly drowned. The case required an analysis of what measures the client had in place to prevent trespassers. Also prevention of future death reports were considered but not made.
  • Represented the main interested party at a multi day inquest arising from a death on a farm yard. The HSE were considering whether to bring a prosecution, a conclusion of accidental death from the jury was secured, with no adverse findings of fact being made.

Andrew is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please contact BSB.  



Other Lawyers by Expertise View All

Our Lawyers - George Aubrey

George Aubrey

Advocate Bristol

George is an advocate in our specialist advocacy service, 8 DAC Beachcroft…

Our Lawyers - Carlé Aven-Kamal

Carlé Aven-Kamal

Advocate Manchester

Carle is an advocate in our specialist advocacy service at 8 DAC…

Our Lawyers - Camilla Bonifai

Camilla Bonifai

Advocate Manchester

Camilla is an advocate in our specialist advocacy service, 8 DAC…

Our Lawyers - Lisle Chase

Lisle Chase

Barrister Leeds

Lisle is a barrister and part of our specialist advocacy service, 8 DAC…

Our Lawyers - James Ellis

James Ellis

Advocate Bristol

James is an Advocate within our specialist advocacy service, 8 DAC…

Our Lawyers - Lucy Hemsworth

Lucy Hemsworth

Advocate Manchester

Lucy is an advocate in our specialist advocacy service,  8 DAC Beachcroft…

Our Lawyers - Sam IAnson

Sam I'Anson

Advocate London - Walbrook

Sam is an Advocate in our specialist advocacy service, 8 DAC Beachcroft…

Our Lawyers - Michelle Liddy

Michelle Liddy

Barrister Manchester

Michelle is a Barrister in our specialist advocacy service, 8 DAC…

Our Lawyers - Ricky Parmar

Ricky Parmar

Barrister London - Walbrook

Call Date: 2015 Ricky is a Barrister in our specialist advocacy service,…

Our Lawyers - Jonathan Robinshaw

Jonathan Robinshaw

Partner (Barrister) Manchester

Jonathan is the head of our specialist advocacy service, 8 DAC Beachcroft…

Our Lawyers - Madeleine Rose

Madeleine Rose

Advocate London - Walbrook

Maddie is an advocate in our specialist advocacy service, 8 DAC Beachcroft…

Our Lawyers - Helen Richardson

Helen Richardson

Barrister Manchester

Helen is a Barrister in our specialist advocacy service,  8 DAC Beachcroft…

Our Lawyers - Vlora Smedley

Vlora Smedley

Barrister Birmingham

Vlora is a Barrister in our specialist advocacy service, 8 DAC Beachcroft…

Our Lawyers - Nick Thornsby

Nick Thornsby


Nick is a Barrister in our specialist advocacy service, 8 DAC Beachcroft…

Our Lawyers - Kim Tuson

Kim Tuson

Advocate Birmingham

Kim is an Advocate in our specialist advocacy service, 8 DAC Beachcroft…

Our Lawyers - Katie Walmsley

Katie Walmsley


Year of Call 2010 Katie is a Barrister in our specialist advocacy…

Our Lawyers - Michelle Walton

Michelle Walton

Barrister Manchester

Michelle is a Barrister in our specialist advocacy service,  8 DAC…

Our Lawyers - Dan Abbey

Dan Abbey

Partner Birmingham

Daniel Abbey is head of the Complex and Major Loss team within the…

Our Lawyers - Nigel Adams

Nigel Adams

Partner London - Walbrook

Nigel is a Partner in the Claims Solutions Group, Complex Casualty team,…

Our Lawyers - Douglas Adlam

Douglas Adlam

Associate Bristol

Douglas Adlam has worked in personal injury including EL, PL, motor and…

Our Lawyers - Peter Allchorne

Peter Allchorne

Partner Bristol

Peter is an experienced civil litigation Partner, specialising in complex…

Our Lawyers - Andrés Amunátegui Echeverría

Andrés Amunátegui Echeverría

Partner Santiago de Chile

Andrés is Regional Head of the firm's Latin American practice…

Our Lawyers - Mark Bailey

Mark Bailey

Partner - Head of Complex Injury Bristol

Mark Bailey specialises in catastrophic injury claims.

Our Lawyers - Emma Bowens

Emma Bowens

Partner Newcastle

Emma Bowens specialises in corporate criminal defence and prosecution.

Our Lawyers - Lea Brocklebank

Lea Brocklebank


Lea Brocklebank has over 20 years experience in defending high…

Our Lawyers - Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Consultant Birmingham

Jennifer Brown is an Associate lawyer in our Birmingham office.

Our Lawyers - Mark Bush

Mark Bush

Associate London - Walbrook

Mark Bush has been handling various types of injury claims for insurers…

Our Lawyers - Nathan Butcher

Nathan Butcher

Partner Bristol

Nathan Butcher leads the firm's Clients and Markets team and sits on the…

Our Lawyers - Adam Burrell

Adam Burrell

Partner - Head of Costs Birmingham

Adam is a partner and head of the costs product with overall…

Our Lawyers - James Colville

James Colville

Partner Dublin

James is dual qualified (Ireland and England & Wales jurisdictions) and…

Our Lawyers - Adrian Cottam

Adrian Cottam

Partner London - Walbrook

Adrian specialises in catastrophic brain, spinal injury and amputations…

Our Lawyers - Claudia Couch

Claudia Couch

Associate London - Walbrook

Claudia specialises in defending third party casualty liability claims on…

Our Lawyers - Tom Davison

Tom Davison

Partner Birmingham

Tom Davison specialises in policy coverage issues (including fraud),…

Our Lawyers - James Deacon

James Deacon

Partner London - Walbrook

James Deacon specialises in insurance litigation and is involved primarily…

Our Lawyers - Craig Dickson

Craig Dickson

Chief Executive Officer, Claims Solutions Group Birmingham

Craig Dickson is Chief Executive of DAC Beachcroft Claims Solutions Group,…

Our Lawyers - Mark Douglas

Mark Douglas

Partner Newcastle

Mark Douglas is a Defendant Insurance Lawyer in our Newcastle office.

Our Lawyers - Alison Drew

Alison Drew

Partner Leeds

Alison Drew is a defendant personal injury lawyer in our Leeds office.

Our Lawyers - David Drewe

David Drewe

Partner Newcastle

David specialises in handling high value, complex and unusual claims for…

Our Lawyers - Elke De Mariassy

Elke De Mariassy

Associate Bristol

Elke specialises in high value personal injury and fatal accident claims…

Our Lawyers - Mark Gallagher

Mark Gallagher

Partner - Head of Property Fraud Birmingham

Mark Gallagher is an insurance lawyer in our Birmingham office.

Our Lawyers - Fiona Gill

Fiona Gill

Partner London - Walbrook

Fiona advises on a range of regulatory matters including corporate…

Our Lawyers - Barbara Goddard

Barbara Goddard

Partner London - Walbrook

Barbara Goddard advises on all aspects of injury and disease claims

Our Lawyers - Stephen Gorman

Stephen Gorman

Consultant Manchester

Stephen Gorman is a property and construction insurance lawyer in our…

Our Lawyers - John Goodman

John Goodman

Partner London - Walbrook

John is a partner in our London office and is the Sector Lead of our…

Our Lawyers - Louise Gallagher

Louise Gallagher

Partner Glasgow

Louise Gallagher is Head of Casualty Injury for Scotland at DAC…

Our Lawyers - Sherry Goodman-Smith

Sherry Goodman-Smith

Partner London - Walbrook

Sherry is based in our London office and acts on behalf of Insurers and…

Our Lawyers - Caroline Hall

Caroline Hall

Partner Bristol

Caroline Hall is a large loss solicitor in our Bristol office

Our Lawyers - Vicki Hilton

Vicki Hilton

Partner Leeds

Vicki Hilton is a partner in the Large Loss team in Leeds

Our Lawyers - James Howett

James Howett

Legal Director Birmingham

James Howett is an associate in our Birmingham office