About Andrew

Andy is a Partner at Lupton Fawcett and heads the multi-award winning Employment Law Department. He advises employers and employees (primarily senior executives) on a wide range of employment and HR related matters, including discrimination issues, TUPE, corporate restructures, executive terminations, large scale redundancies and appeals to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT).

Having worked in the financial services sector for 10 years prior to changing career to become a solicitor, Andy has the ability to instinctively look at problems from a client’s (as well as a lawyer’s) perspective.  As a result, he has a very rounded, pragmatic and commercial business approach; which clients value.

Many of Andy’s clients find his abilities as a robust litigator and a creative and sophisticated negotiator invaluable. He has built a reputation for advising on strategic and sensitive issues, and in particular for resolving problems. He has been the lead employment adviser to a number of household names in the construction, DIY, property and manufacturing sectors. These include Northgate PLC, Tarmac, Comet, MFI, Magnet and ArcelorMittal.

Having been shortlisted for Partner of the Year at the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2019, Andy was named HR and Employment Law Lawyer of the Year at the Legal Monthly annual awards 2020, and Employment Lawyer of the Year at the Finance Monthly annual awards 2021. This follows the success of the Employment Team, which was named Employment Team of the Year at the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2018, and UK Regional HR / Employment Team of the Year 2017.  Andy is named as a recommended lawyer by both Legal 500 and Chambers.

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When not at work

Andy’s interests include most sports (particularly Liverpool FC), music (usually loud) and cinema (often foreign).  He can also be found indulging in a pint of real ale or two.

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Accreditations / Awards

"He (Andy Gilchrist) is a great lawyer. He is very thorough, detail-orientated and ensures clients understand the issues."

Chambers and Partners 2021

I had excellent advice and support from Andy Gilchrist on an employment matter. Andy explained the risks and issues at hand very clearly and was pragmatic and commercially focused in his approach to resolving my situation. His negotiation skills are second to none and as a result I achieved much more financially than I first anticipated. He is very approachable, was always quick to respond to my emails and also took the time to talk through issues over the phone. I can not recommend Andy highly enough, we worked well together as a team and achieved all our objectives.


‘Andrew Gilchrist is my go-to person for employment law. He always responds to my calls or emails same day, so I am never left in the lurch, and issues get dealt with very quickly and effectively. In the last 12 months, we have had several needs for advice and he always gives us the time we require to explain the law, the risk and the possible outcomes. His communication skills are superb and his plain speaking is very appreciated for non-legally-trained clients.‘

Legal 500 2021

"I got much more than I could have hoped for, thanks to Andy (Gilchrist) and his wise, calm, yet ruthless negotiation!

Clare Frances

Andy is really excellent in every way. He is super approachable and gives clear and concise advice.

Chambers and Partners 2019

Lupton Fawcett's multi-award winning Employment team led by Andrew Gilchrist offers 'timely pragmatic support and excellent value for money

Legal 500, November 2018

Head of employment Andrew Gilchrist works with a number of the team's high-profile clients. Clients say that he is "very commercial and practical, and always does what he says he will.

Chambers & Partners UK 2014

Andy "goes the extra mile" for clients.

The Legal 500 UK 2012

Lots of lawyers say they provide commercial advice but he (Andrew Gilchrist) is one of the few who actually does.

John Unwin

Managing Director, Arcelor Mittal Sheffield

He is not like most lawyers, as he explains things in simple terms, doesn't sit on the fence and is genuinely solution driven. Also, and crucially, he focuses on achieving the best commercial outcomes as quickly and cost effectively as possible.

Marc Bertrand

HR Director, Northgate Plc

“The fact that this award comes on the back of last year’s national award demonstrates that we are consistently providing our clients with high-quality advice and service.”

Andrew Gilchrist, Head of Employment Team

“We have built an excellent reputation for providing first class legal advice and assistance on the full range of employment issues, which was recognised by the Legal 500 UK Regional Team of the Year award. We are therefore delighted to strengthen the department further by welcoming both Kathryn and Hannah to the team as demand for our services continues to grow.”

Andy Gilchrist, Lupton Fawcett Head of Employment Law

“We congratulate Dawn immensely for her dedication and achievement. We have supported Dawn along the way during her 23 years of working at Lupton Fawcett and it is testament to her commitment that she has achieved her ambition.”

Andrew Gilchrist, Director and Head of Employment Law

“Our excellent client base is the envy of many national firms, due to the fact we have an extremely strong and experienced team. Five of the eight lawyers within the employment department are directors, enabling our clients to receive pragmatic, commercial advice based on our in-depth knowledge.”

Andy Gilchrist, Director and Head of Employment Law

“I am personally very pleased that the award is for the entire team, as we are a team in the true sense of the word. Both our lawyers and support staff across all sites have contributed to the award. The Team has had an exceptional 12 months, and it is great that this has been recognised.”

Andy Gilchrist, Director and Head of Employment Law


Chemical Bank

Banque Nationale de Paris (BNP)

Graduated in Law from the University of the West of England

Joined Read Hind Stewart as a Solicitor (merges with Cobbetts 2002)

Promoted to Associate at Cobbetts

Joined Lupton Fawcett as a Director

Appointed as Head of Lupton Fawcett's Employment Department

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