Andrew provides dedicated legal services to the Marine & Shipping sector. His key skills are founded in planning and environmental law, and he principally advises ports and other organisations in the sector on marine-related development, particularly in relation to port infrastructure projects. As well as project work, Andrew advises on regulatory and harbour management issues, including the promotion of Harbour Revision Orders.
He has considerable practical experience on the impact of nature conservation law in both the UK and Europe. Andrew also has experience of the judicial review of development consents, including planning permissions, marine licences, and harbour revision orders.
Andrew joined Keystone in May 2015. He is a member of the UK Environmental Law Association and is actively involved in the work of the British Ports Association. He also writes and lectures on issues of concern to the ports industry.
Please note: The experience list above may include examples of work completed prior to joining Keystone Law.
Recognised by Best Lawyers (UK) 2019 in the practice area of Planning
Andrew Hignett is recognised as a practitioner for Shipping in Chambers UK 2018
Andrew Hignett is recognised by the Legal 500 2017 for Planning and Shipping.
Recognised by Best Lawyers (UK) in the practice area of Planning Law 2018
Keystone Law has ‘wide knowledge of the marine industry’. Andrew Hignett joined from Lester Aldridge LLP in May 2015
Legal 500 2016
"Keystone Law’s four-consultant team was reinforced by the arrival of port specialist Andrew Hignett from Lester Aldridge LLP."
Legal 500 2015
Andrew Hignett joined Keystone Law in May 2015 from Lester Aldridge. He offers particular experience in the area of port developments. Clients highlight his results-driven approach, commending the fact that he “is always looking for different angles to solutions.”
Chambers UK 2016
Andrew Hignett maintains a notable profile throughout the area as a planning specialist, with sources pointing to his depth of experience in representing local authority and harbour clients. He is "very easy to get hold of, and his advice is always clear-cut and direct," say interviewees.
Chambers UK 2014
Recognised as a leading individual for Planning and Environmental issues in Chambers and the Legal 500 2015
|2015||Keystone Law | Consultant Solicitor|
|1999-2015||Lester Aldridge LLP | Partner|
|1995-1999||Osborne Clarke | Associate|
|1990-1995||Boyce Hatton | Associate|
|1988-1990||Gorna & Co | Associate|
|1985-1988||Carrick District Council | Secretary and Solicitor|
|1983-1985||Woking Borough Council | Principal Solicitor|
|1981-1983||Three Rivers District Council | Assistant Solicitor|
|1978-1981||Captain, Army Legal Services | Legal Staff|
|1980||Qualified as a Solicitor |
|1976-1978||Clwyd County Council | Articled Clerk |