Andrew Smith

Barrister, Working at Matrix Chambers

Andrew practises predominantly in the field of employment and discrimination law. He also undertakes work in the fields of sports law and commercial law, including arbitration (see further below).

Andrew was described by Chambers & Partners (2014) as: "A notable junior who is acknowledged as an up-and-comer in the discrimination arena. He is equally comfortable representing both claimant and respondent clients in a range of employment disputes." 

Client comments included: "Quick on his feet and very intellectual", and "he is practical, commercial and very responsive."

The 2015 edition of Chambers & Partners records that Andrew is "Praisedfor his encyclopaedic knowledge of case law and the quality of his cross-examinations. He advises on all aspects of employment law with a focus on cases in the Employment Tribunal." 

Client comments include: "He is one of our go-to juniors, who performs significantly beyond his level of experience." "Impressive on his feet, he has a lovely manner and is very engaging and persuasive." "Very hands-on, he really feels like a member of the team."

Andrew's work was also recognised in an article published by, entitled 'First among equals: Stars at the Bar 2012'.  Andrew was Highly Commended in a list of 15 junior barristers (selected from a total of more than 375 recommended junior barristers of 10 years’ call and under, from all circuits across England & Wales).

With regard to appellate work, Andrew has appeared in the EAT in the following cases:

McCarthy v Jaguar Cars Ltd (UKEAT/0320/13/SM)- consideration of the proper approach to reasonable adjustments, in the context of a redundancy scoring process;

SPS Technologies Ltd v Chughtai (UKEAT/0204/12/SM)- the employment tribunal had wrongly substituted its own view of fairness for that of a reasonable employer (and also erred in applying only a 30% reduction to compensation on grounds of contributory fault);

Senator Hotels Ltd v Ratkowksi (UKEAT/0318/12/CEA)- an appeal involving allegations of serious procedural unfairness at the ET hearing;

Montracon Ltd v Hardcastle (UKEAT/0307/12/JOJ)- concerning the tribunal's jurisdiction to make differing reductions to the basic and compensatory awards, on account of an employee's contributory fault;

Gill v AWE Plc (UKEATPA/0663/11/LA) - appeal against an interim decision of the EAT Registrar regarding rules of procedure;

Boanu v Group 4 Securicor (UKEAT/0389/10/ZT) - a perversity challenge following the tribunal's rejection of constructive dismissal and race discrimination complaints (settled following a successful Rule 3 (10) hearing);

Olayemi v Athena Medical Centre (UKEAT/0613 and 0614/10/ZT) - an appeal against the tribunal's refusal to permit a late application to add a claim of whistleblowing to existing claims of unfair dismissal and sex discrimination;

Amadasum v Poyry Energy Ltd (UKEAT PA/1557/09/RN) - concerning the EAT’s jurisdiction to extend the 42 day time limit for appealing against a Tribunal’s judgment;

Thomson v London Borough of Haringey (UKEAT/0318/09/LA) - regarding the proper interpretation of step 1 of the statutory disciplinary and dismissal procedure.

Notable recent employment tribunal cases include:

Halstead v Paymentshield Group Holdings Limited - acting on behalf of a senior executive in a claim for automatic unfair dismissal (on grounds of whistleblowing);

Rogers v TFS Derivatives Limited - defending an unlawful deductions claim in respect of an alleged guaranteed bonus, worth £179k (the claimant was represented by James Laddie QC)

Jacobs v BGC Brokers LP - acting on behalf of the claimant in an unlawful deductions from wages claim, resulting from non-payment of a guaranteed 'loyalty bonus';

Moss, Harris & Others v BGC Brokers LP - acting on behalf of five claimants in multiple claims of unfair dismissal and breach of TUPE obligations;

Poole & Others v (1) Rhapsody Ltd & (2) Wellcom Ltd - acting on behalf of the First Respondent in a case concerning the proper scope and application of the law governing TUPE service provision changes; 

Prosser v South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust - acting on behalf of the claimant in a claim of unfair dismissal and disability discrimination, arising out of a failure by the respondent NHS Trust to redeploy the claimant to an internal vacancy;

Thomas v Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Limited - acting for the Respondent in a hearing involving (unsubstantiated) allegations of unfair dismissal and race discrimination by a former box office manager.

Andrew is the author of the discrimination law section of Jordan’s Employment Law. He regularly delivers seminars to Instructing Solicitors on a variety of topics; recent examples include: age discrimination and objective justification, service provision changes, High Court bonus claims, restrictive covenants, mutual trust and confidence, and privacy and surveillance in the employment context.  A selection of Andrew's seminar papers may be downloaded from the CV & Downloads tab (above).

Andrew is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and has produced articles for the ELA Briefing on "Effective Dates of Termination and Reasonable Practicability" and Stigma Damages. Following the decision of the ECtHR in Eweida and others, Andrew co-authored an article for The Lawyer with Cherie Booth QC.

In the field of sports law, Andrew has:

  • Represented the football manager Iain Dowie in a claim for wrongful dismissal before the FA Premier League Managers Arbitration Tribunal (led by Nicholas Randall QC);
  • Acted for Senegalese international and Newcastle United forward Papiss Cissé in connection with his objection (on religious grounds) to wearing the team sponsor's logo on his shirt (led by Nicholas Randall QC);
  • Advised on various aspects of Third Party Ownership in football;
  • Represented a Championship football club in a claim arising out of the termination of a coaching engagement;
  • Been instructed on a dispute relating to membership of the Professional Speedway Elite League (led by Rhodri Thompson QC).   

Andrew is one of the authors of Football and the Law (Bloomsbury Publishing); and was invited to speak at a 'Player Contracts Conference' where he presented a seminar on 'Calculating Compensation for Contract Breaches', pursuant to Article 17 of the FIFA Status Regulations (a review of which can be read here).  Andrew's other sports law publications include an article in the Entertainment and Sports Law Journal entitled 'All Bets Are Off: Match Fixing in Sport - Some Recent Developments'.  

Andrew is a contributor to the wesbite and has written articles on the Hendre Fourie rugby case, sexual orientation discrimination in sport, the Financial Fair Play Regulations and whistleblowing in sport (see part 1 and part 2 of the whistleblowing article here).   

Andrew’s civil litigation practice involves him representing and advising clients on a broad range of commercial matters, often with an employment element (for example, partnership disputes).  He was recently led by James Laddie QC in a complex commercial arbitration, concerning a dispute over agency fees / commission.  Andrew also has experience of personal injury litigation, including high value medical negligence claims.

Andrew accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.


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