Andy is a Director at Lupton Fawcett and heads the 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.
- 1987 Chemical Bank
- 1988 Banque Nationale de Paris (BNP)
- 1997 Graduated in Law from the University of the West of England
- 2001 Joined Read Hind Stewart as a Solicitor (merges with Cobbetts 2002)
- 2004 Promoted to Associate at Cobbetts
- 2007 Joined Lupton Fawcett as a Director
- 2012 Appointed as Head of Lupton Fawcett's Employment Department
What Others Say
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
Lots of lawyers say they provide commercial advice but he is one of the few who actually does. - John Unwin, Managing Director, ArcelorMittal Sheffield
Andy "goes the extra mile" for clients. - The Legal 500 UK 2012
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
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.