Andrew is a Partner and Solicitor in our Litigation and Employment Departments. Andrew was admitted as a Solicitor in 1989 having joined Enoch Evans LLP in 1987 as an Articled Clerk. Andrew has a great deal of experience in advising on all areas of Commercial Litigation work, with a particular interest in Commercial Property matters.
In Autumn 2017 Andrew qualified as an Accredited Commercial and Civil Mediator providing a structured approach to negotiation and settlement for all levels of civil and commercial disputes, thus adding to his specialist skill set.
His litigation practice is built around:
Commercial property disputes, acting for both Landlords and Tenants, including contested lease renewals, dilapidations claims, other claims for breach of contract, the operation of break clauses and enforcement of general terms
Construction Disputes including advice on general and JCT contract issues
General property litigation, including enforcement of overage and development agreements, boundary and trespass issues and Party Wall Act claims
General commercial contract disputes
Professional negligence actions, particularly those involving property
Intellectual property disputes
Claims arising out of the sale and purchase of all types of businesses
Partnership and shareholder disputes
Bankruptcy and insolvency matters, particularly those relating to property
In addition, Andrew has considerable experience in advising on a variety of aspects of employment law, including: Enforcement of confidentiality
Secrecy and restraint of trade obligations
Contractual matters, including policies and documentation
Severance and Settlement Agreements
Redundancy issues and procedures
Recent Experience/notable work: Representing the Claimant in a £multi-million action against numerous Defendants (one of whom a Government Agency) arising out of the operation of a landfill site and associated allegations of trespass. Claim settled a few days before the start of trial for a substantial sum.
Acting for two individuals in claims made against them for the recovery of mortgaged property located in the United States and a substantial cash judgement. The matter originated in the US and Andrew assisted with the US litigation before proceedings were also started by the US company in the High Court for approximately $1.5 million. The case involved complex arguments as to jurisdiction and conflict of laws and was settled following negotiation.
Advising Commercial Landlord clients on a tenants’ attempt to exercise a break clause within their lease of substantial office premises. Andrew advised that the break had not been validly exercised and negotiated a substantial cash settlement (including costs) for the landlords.
Advising on a variety of substantial construction disputes, representing main and sub-contractors, many of which exceed £100,000.00 in value.
Representing householders in connection with the operation of a large slurry pit located in close proximity to their rural home. The pit was for the storage of animal waste. Andrew was instructed on a time critical basis to seek injunctive relief against the operators of the pit. Within days of extensive pre-action correspondence, immediate changes were put in place by the pit operators modifying its operation.
Acting for a group of three engineering companies following the breakdown of relations with a Director and a Company owned and operated by that Director which provided consultancy services to the client group of companies. After issuing proceedings on behalf of the clients for approximately £500,000.00, Andrew was able to agree complex terms of settlement with significant sums paid to the clients and the reassignment of various contracts. The Director’s association and employment with the client companies was formally concluded by way of a Settlement Agreement.
Representing a high tech engineering company in the enforcement of secrecy and restraint of trade obligations against former employees. Following the commencement of Court proceedings (which included the grant of an injunction by the High Court requiring the return of components and drawings removed by the former employees) the claim was settled following a lengthy mediation.
Andrew is a member of the Walsall and Birmingham Law Associations
Hobbies & interests:
In his spare time Andrew enjoys hill walking, photography and fair weather gardening.
What the Clients say:
“It has been something of a hard and winding road to bring this matter to a conclusion. However it has been reassuring to know that if we had to go to war, we had you on our side. Thank you for your support.”