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Andrew Granville Stafford

Year of call: 1987

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Profile

I specialise in civil litigation and have thirty years’ experience advising and representing clients in Courts and Tribunals in England and Wales. Since 2014 I have been Head of the Civil Team at 4KBW, having previously been Chambers’ Manager (1999 to 2001).

I practise in the following areas (for more details click on the links):

Contract, commercial and tort

Property, landlord and tenant

Personal injury

Professional discipline and regulatory

In October 2014 I became a member of the Bar Council, the governing body for Barristers in England and Wales, and am the first member of 4KBW to have been elected to this post.

I have lectured and given seminars on a variety of legal topics and provided in-house training for solicitors firms (Irwin Mitchell, Morgan Cole, Kidd Rapinet) and external training providers (HJT Training, Lexis Nexis, Central Law Training Ltd). I have written articles for PI Brief Update Law Journal, Lexology and the ARDL Bulletin and have been a guest speaker at the last three Annual Bar Conferences.

In January 2011 I was appointed one of only three providers approved by the Bar Standards Board to provide public access training and qualification to do public access work.

I am a member of the Bar Council’s Ethics Committee, having previously served on its Training for the Bar Committee, which reviews the qualification and training requirements for entrants to the profession. I have written or contributed to nearly a dozen Bar Council papers which are used daily by members of the Bar for ethical and professional guidance.

I read law at Cambridge and graduated from Bar School in 1987 in the top 10% of my year. As a student I won the Gray’s Inn Debating Trophy and represented the Inn on its Mooting Tour of North American universities. During my pupillage at 4KBW I also worked for the Court of Appeal as an external summary writer, preparing summaries for judges hearing criminal appeals.

I am one of a small group of barristers authorised by the Bar Council to conduct litigation.

Practice areas

  • Contract and Commercial
  • Tort, Negligence, Breach of duty
  • Property, Landlord and Tenant
  • Costs
  • Disciplinary and Regulatory Tribunals

Qualifications

MA in Law, Cambridge University 1985

Called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn 1987

Appointments

Head of 4KBW’s Civil Team

Elected member of the Bar Council

Legal Assessor: GCC, NMC, ICAEW

Legal Adviser: ACCA, GDC

Member, Bar Council’s Ethics Committee and Legal Services Committee

Head, Bar Council’s Direct Access Panel

Chairman, Public Access Bar Association (2013-18)

BSB approved public access trainer

Pupil Supervisor

Court of Appeal Summary Writer (1987-90)

Testimonials

“It is a joy to instruct counsel of the calibre of Mr Granville Stafford. In particular his aptitude in handling the difficult issues in the case was exemplary”   MC, Solicitor

“Andrew is a great ‘all round’ barrister. He is the first person I think of when I have something new which I know is going to need delving into from first principles. He likes a challenge: I have given him a few over the years. His pleading and advocacy skills are excellent. He is a great one to chew over legal problems with.” AW, Solicitor, Senior Partner

“THATS FANTASTIC ANDREW, absolute GENIUS work on your behalf…..and not without belief in your skills on my part! Enjoy the rest of your break in the sure knowledge that you have dissipated one big cloud on the horizon!!” JS, Company Director

“I found his knowledge and expertise in property law and litigation along with his consummate negotiation skills to be a hugely effective combination. Andrew is a likeable and genial individual who communicated with me in a very thoughtful, kind and clear way throughout. This personal touch was hugely reassuring during a very stressful period in my life.”   JK, Leaseholder

“Thank you does not express the deep gratitude that I feel for all that you have done for me”   EP, Solicitor

“I guess your performance did the trick!!! THANK YOU,THANK YOU,THANK YOU. From one very happy man.”   DW, Nightclub Owner

“Having worked with Andrew for over 20 years he is always my first “go to” person in respect of any technical contractual point and/or insurance indemnity problem. His no nonsense and straight forward approach to what can sometimes be complex problems is refreshing and reassuring. “   AO, Regional Manager, Solicitor’s Firm

“I was required to take legal action against a person who bought my business. Andrew acted on my behalf and we were successful. Having no previous experience of the legal system, it was great comfort to me to know that I was in very capable hands.”   MDK, Business Proprietor

“I found Andrew’s service to be well thought through, insightful and highly efficient.  He’s a real talent in his law specialism.”   SG, Musician, Author & Broadcaster

“A note of sincere thanks for all your hard work last April … The plans which we had for the last four/five years have now come to fruition . . .”   P & GH, Retired

“Your recommendations regarding [the matter] were adopted and have proved to be very satisfactory . . . The committee was grateful for your help.”   JWS, Charity Trustee

 

  • Case Profile

    Thinc Group plc v Armstrong [2012] EWCA Civ 1227; [2012] All ER (D) 17. (Court of Appeal contract case, instructed by successful respondents; described by Employment Law Blog as a rare victory for the collateral warranty)

    Re H (2012) QBD, Royce J (£2.6m settlement in infant brain injury claim)

    Hennessy v Coupland (2012) QBD, Cox J (£2.8m damages for injured motorcyclist)

    Ace Consultancy v Akins [2011] EWCA Civ 957 (costs appeal)

    Loveridge v Healey [2004] C.P. Rep. 30 (CA (Civ Div)), Times 27.2.04 (Court of Appeal authority on the effect of admission in pleadings)

    Pratt v Smith (2005) 2 QR 5, QBD (successfully represented the Claimant in a £1.1m damages claim)

    James v First Bristol Buses Ltd [2003] CLY (civil procedure)

    Spilsbury v Martin International Holdings plc [2002] CLY (costs and Pt 36 offers)

    Nanglegan v Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust [2001] 3 All ER 793, [2002] 1 WLR 1043, Times CA (leading Court of Appeal authority on service of claims)

    Cawston v Chartered Trust plc (2000) CLY (fraud not rendering hire purchase contract void ab initio)

    Clift v Welsh Office [1998] 4 All ER 852, [1999] 1 WLR 796, Times 24.8.98, CA (acted for the successful Claimants in a Court of Appeal test case on property damage compensation, described by The Times as a landmark ruling)

    R v Denslow [1998] Crim L R 566, CA (definition of possession)