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"Fiercely intelligent, detail oriented, responsive, and with a great courtroom style."

“Technically and strategically excellent.”

“He is really good to work with and he’s always available. He gets to grips with the case very quickly, is very bright and a really good advocate.”

Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, 2021
Called: 2008

Andrew practises principally in the fields of employment and discrimination law, sports law and commercial law.

Andrew appears regularly in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and High Court in complex employment claims.  He is ranked as a leading barrister in this field by the legal directories Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.  In 2019 Andrew was shortlisted by Legal 500 for employment junior of the year.  Extracts from the directory recommendations may be viewed below.

Andrew is regularly instructed to advise clients and to represent them at trial in high value and complicated employment disputes.  He has considerable experience of ET claims involving discrimination and whistleblowing, as well as those relating to employment status, TUPE issues, agency workers, holiday pay and unfair dismissal (amongst others).

Andrew’s appearances in the EAT include the high profile case of Smith v Pimlico Plumbers (2021), which considered the meaning and effect of the CJEU’s judgment in King v Sash Window Workshop regarding ‘carry over’ rights in respect of annual leave.

Andrew’s High Court practice encompasses a broad range of employment-related litigation, including ‘team move’ cases and disputes concerning restrictive covenants, bonus payments, obligations of confidence and fiduciary duties.

Andrew also has experience of representing a trade union in proceedings before the Certification Officer and Assistant Certification Officer, including in connection with a disputed General Secretary election.

Andrew writes and presents widely on the topic of employment and discrimination law and a selection of his articles / seminar presentations may be downloaded below.

Andrew is regularly instructed to act in sports arbitrations, disciplinary proceedings and civil claims, acting for a wide range of clients including players / athletes, managers, clubs, intermediaries / agents and governing bodies.  His more detailed sports law CV may be downloaded here.  Andrew is ranked as a leading sports law barrister by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500; published comments include:

A dedicated junior who continues to attract attention from the market for the instructions he secures in sports-related employment law. He is active in a range of sports matters and often acts for athletes in disciplinary cases. He has recently been involved in a number of Rule K arbitrations and doping disputes.”

In addition to his work as an advocate, Andrew sits as an arbitrator in sports disputes and was recently appointed as a member of an EFL arbitration appeal panel.  Andrew is a member of Sport Resolutions’ panel of arbitrators and its panel of pro bono advocates.

Andrew was also appointed by a major sports governing body to conduct an independent grievance investigation arising out of a selection decision for the Olympic Games.

Andrew has considerable experience of arbitral proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, having been appointed as an ad hoc clerk in several cases before the CAS.  These include the high-profile doping appeals brought by 39 Russian athletes in connection with the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Andrew has also worked as an assistant to Raj Parker, now Vice President of the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (the BAT), on numerous disputes between basketball players, clubs and agents, arising in different jurisdictions.

Andrew writes and presents widely on the topic of sports law and a selection of his articles may be downloaded below.  Andrew is a long-established member of the LawInSport editorial board and contributed three chapters to the book ‘Football and the Law’ (Bloomsbury Professional).

As mentioned above, Andrew’s civil litigation practice involves him representing and advising clients on a broad range of commercial matters, often with an employment element.  In terms of Andrew’s commercial arbitration experience, he has been led by James Laddie QC in a complex dispute concerning agency fees/commission, and by Antony White QC in the International Court of Arbitration, representing a foreign government in its defence of a high value commercial claim.  Andrew also has experience of LCIA arbitration.

Andrew is an ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator.

LLB, University of Sheffield (First Class)

Bar Vocational Course, Manchester Metropolitan University (Outstanding)

Lincoln’s Inn:

  • Lord Denning Scholarship
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award
  • Phoenicia Scholarship
  • Buchanan Prize

University of Sheffield:

  • Sir Basil Blackwell Award
  • Tort and Contract Law Module Prizes
  • Dibb Lupton Alsop Award
  • Taylor-Emmett Award
  • Sweet & Maxwell Law Prize (for obtaining the highest overall mark in the year)

Andrew writes and presents widely on the topic of sports law and a selection of his articles may be accessed from his web profile page.  Andrew is a long-standing member of the LawInSport editorial board and contributed three chapters to the book ‘Football and the Law’ (Bloomsbury Professional), on the following topics:

  • Football Institutions
  • Ownership Issues and the Fit and Proper Person / Owners’ and Directors’ Test
  • Arbitration in Football

Andrew has also recorded podcasts for CPDcast on the following topics:

  • The FIFA and FA Regulations on Working with Intermediaries
  • Whistleblowing in Sport
  • Discrimination in Sport

 

Andrew is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to his clients, including advice and representation services, Andrew needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes his clients’ personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matter in which he is instructed. To read Andrew’s privacy notice in full, please see here.

Andrew is regulated by the Bar Standards Board and accepts instructions under Standard Contractual Terms. To find out more information on this and the way we work at Matrix, including our fee transparency statement, please see our see our service standards.

DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS

"He’s technically and strategically excellent.” “He is really good to work with and he’s always available. He gets to grips with the case very quickly, is very bright and a really good advocate."

Chambers & Partners, 2021 (Employment)

"Fiercely intelligent, detail oriented, responsive, and with a great courtroom style."

Legal 500, 2021 (Employment)

"Guides clients through complex Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and High Court cases. He has notable expertise in bonus disputes and other contractual issues, mainly acting for clients in the financial services sector. He also has a crossover practice with commercial and sports law."

"Extremely sharp-minded and gets into the case quickly; his drafting is incredible too."

"A very practical and down-to-earth barrister and a great tactician."

Chambers & Partners, 2020 (Employment)

"A great tactician and always calm."

Legal 500, 2020 (Employment)

"His advice is pragmatic and sensible."

"A fantastic junior. He is responsive, incredibly bright and commercial."

Chambers & Partners, 2019 (Employment)

"He is able to analyse complex cases, break down the legal issues and communicate them in simple and precise terms. His drafting is extremely concise yet detailed and his advocacy is second to none."

Chambers & Partners, 2018 (Employment)

"An excellent junior who is brilliant on his feet."

Legal 500, 2018 (Employment)

"His knowledge is remarkable."

Chambers & Partners, 2021 (Sport)

"Very bright, pragmatic and user-friendly. He provides clients with the advice they need and cuts to the chase in a way that some other practitioners do not."

Legal 500, 2021 (Sport)

"A dedicated junior who continues to attract attention from the market for the instructions he secures in sports-related employment law. He is active in a range of sports matters and often acts for athletes in disciplinary cases. He has recently been involved in a number of Rule K arbitrations and doping disputes."

"Diligent, proactive and easy to access."

Chambers & Partners, 2020 (Sport)

"A dedicated junior who continues to attract attention from the market due to his securing of instructions in employment-related matters. He is active in a range of sports matters and often acts for athletes in disciplinary cases. He has recently been involved in a number of Rule K arbitrations and doping disputes."

"He was great at finding the strength and weaknesses in our case.” “Extremely intelligent and diligent.” “A rising star."

Chambers & Partners, 2019 (Sport)

"He is good on strategic issues and very tenacious on his feet."

Chambers & Partners, 2018 (Sport)

"Extremely intelligent and diligent; open to discussing difficult points in detail."

Legal 500, 2018 (Sport)
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Andrew Smith
Called: 2008

"Fiercely intelligent, detail oriented, responsive, and with a great courtroom style." “Technically and strategically excellent.” “He is really good to work with and he’s always available. He gets to grips with the case very quickly, is very bright and a really good advocate.”

Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, 2021

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • International arbitration
  • Commercial Law
  • Discrimination and Equality
  • Employment Law
  • Injunctions
  • Investigations
  • Mediation
  • Sports Law

Andrew Smith

Contact Andrew: andrewsmith@matrixlaw.co.uk | +44 (0)20 7404 3447

Contact Andrew's Practice Team (Team M): TeamM@matrixlaw.co.uk


Andrew practises principally in the fields of employment and discrimination law, sports law and commercial law.

Employment

Andrew appears regularly in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and High Court in complex employment claims.  He is ranked as a leading barrister in this field by the legal directories Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.  In 2019 Andrew was shortlisted by Legal 500 for employment junior of the year.  Extracts from the directory recommendations may be viewed below. Andrew is regularly instructed to advise clients and to represent them at trial in high value and complicated employment disputes.  He has considerable experience of ET claims involving discrimination and whistleblowing, as well as those relating to employment status, TUPE issues, agency workers, holiday pay and unfair dismissal (amongst others). Andrew’s appearances in the EAT include the high profile case of Smith v Pimlico Plumbers (2021), which considered the meaning and effect of the CJEU’s judgment in King v Sash Window Workshop regarding ‘carry over’ rights in respect of annual leave. Andrew’s High Court practice encompasses a broad range of employment-related litigation, including ‘team move’ cases and disputes concerning restrictive covenants, bonus payments, obligations of confidence and fiduciary duties. Andrew also has experience of representing a trade union in proceedings before the Certification Officer and Assistant Certification Officer, including in connection with a disputed General Secretary election. Andrew writes and presents widely on the topic of employment and discrimination law and a selection of his articles / seminar presentations may be downloaded below.

Sport

Andrew is regularly instructed to act in sports arbitrations, disciplinary proceedings and civil claims, acting for a wide range of clients including players / athletes, managers, clubs, intermediaries / agents and governing bodies.  His more detailed sports law CV may be downloaded here.  Andrew is ranked as a leading sports law barrister by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500; published comments include: “A dedicated junior who continues to attract attention from the market for the instructions he secures in sports-related employment law. He is active in a range of sports matters and often acts for athletes in disciplinary cases. He has recently been involved in a number of Rule K arbitrations and doping disputes.” In addition to his work as an advocate, Andrew sits as an arbitrator in sports disputes and was recently appointed as a member of an EFL arbitration appeal panel.  Andrew is a member of Sport Resolutions’ panel of arbitrators and its panel of pro bono advocates. Andrew was also appointed by a major sports governing body to conduct an independent grievance investigation arising out of a selection decision for the Olympic Games. Andrew has considerable experience of arbitral proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, having been appointed as an ad hoc clerk in several cases before the CAS.  These include the high-profile doping appeals brought by 39 Russian athletes in connection with the Sochi Winter Olympics. Andrew has also worked as an assistant to Raj Parker, now Vice President of the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (the BAT), on numerous disputes between basketball players, clubs and agents, arising in different jurisdictions. Andrew writes and presents widely on the topic of sports law and a selection of his articles may be downloaded below.  Andrew is a long-established member of the LawInSport editorial board and contributed three chapters to the book ‘Football and the Law’ (Bloomsbury Professional).

Commercial

As mentioned above, Andrew’s civil litigation practice involves him representing and advising clients on a broad range of commercial matters, often with an employment element.  In terms of Andrew’s commercial arbitration experience, he has been led by James Laddie QC in a complex dispute concerning agency fees/commission, and by Antony White QC in the International Court of Arbitration, representing a foreign government in its defence of a high value commercial claim.  Andrew also has experience of LCIA arbitration.

Accredited Mediator

Andrew is an ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator.

Education and Qualifications

LLB, University of Sheffield (First Class) Bar Vocational Course, Manchester Metropolitan University (Outstanding)

Scholarships and Awards

Lincoln’s Inn: Lord Denning Scholarship Hardwicke Entrance Award Phoenicia Scholarship Buchanan Prize University of Sheffield: Sir Basil Blackwell Award Tort and Contract Law Module Prizes Dibb Lupton Alsop Award Taylor-Emmett Award Sweet & Maxwell Law Prize (for obtaining the highest overall mark in the year)

Publications

Andrew writes and presents widely on the topic of sports law and a selection of his articles may be accessed from his web profile page.  Andrew is a long-standing member of the LawInSport editorial board and contributed three chapters to the book ‘Football and the Law’ (Bloomsbury Professional), on the following topics: Football Institutions Ownership Issues and the Fit and Proper Person / Owners’ and Directors’ Test Arbitration in Football Andrew has also recorded podcasts for CPDcast on the following topics: The FIFA and FA Regulations on Working with Intermediaries Whistleblowing in Sport Discrimination in Sport  

Articles and Downloads: Employment

ELA Seminar Paper on Common but controversial contract clauses ELA Seminar Paper on Corporate Law for Employment Lawyers Injunctive Relief for Employers Privacy & Surveillance – What are the limits? ELA Seminar Paper on Disability Discrimination Age Discrimination & Justification Remedies Masterclass TUPE & Insolvency Mutual Trust and Confidence

Articles and Downloads: Sport

Sport and employment law – the year in review 2018/19 “Speak Up”! WADA’s recent reforms to its whistleblowing policies, procedures and systems Can football players unilaterally retire from international duty? The Joël Matip & Allan Nyom cases A review of the updates to FIFA’s Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players The funding and employment status of elite athletes – A comparison of the UK, USA and Germany How will Blatter and Platini challenge the decision of the FIFA Ethics Committee? A legal guide to training compensation in football under the FIFA Regulations A legal guide to solidarity payments in football under the FIFA Regulations A guide to training compensation and solidarity payments in football The Pechstein judgment: CAS’s reaction & potential ramifications Financial Fair Play and the Striani Complaint: Where are we now? Whistleblowing in Sport – Part 2: Investigations and Disciplinary Proceedings Whistleblowing in Sport – Part 1: Maintaining Public Confidence In The Integrity Of Sport Fair or foul? Competition law and the financial regulation of football – Part 2 Fair or foul? Competition law and the financial regulation of football – Part 1 Sexual orientation discrimination in sport IRB eligibility criteria & immigration rules for sportspersons
Andrew's Privacy Notice

Andrew is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to his clients, including advice and representation services, Andrew needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes his clients’ personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matter in which he is instructed. To read Andrew’s privacy notice in full, please see here.


DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS

"He’s technically and strategically excellent.” “He is really good to work with and he’s always available. He gets to grips with the case very quickly, is very bright and a really good advocate."

Chambers & Partners, 2021 (Employment)

"Fiercely intelligent, detail oriented, responsive, and with a great courtroom style."

Legal 500, 2021 (Employment)

"Guides clients through complex Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and High Court cases. He has notable expertise in bonus disputes and other contractual issues, mainly acting for clients in the financial services sector. He also has a crossover practice with commercial and sports law."

"Extremely sharp-minded and gets into the case quickly; his drafting is incredible too."

"A very practical and down-to-earth barrister and a great tactician."

Chambers & Partners, 2020 (Employment)

"A great tactician and always calm."

Legal 500, 2020 (Employment)

"His advice is pragmatic and sensible."

"A fantastic junior. He is responsive, incredibly bright and commercial."

Chambers & Partners, 2019 (Employment)

"He is able to analyse complex cases, break down the legal issues and communicate them in simple and precise terms. His drafting is extremely concise yet detailed and his advocacy is second to none."

Chambers & Partners, 2018 (Employment)

"An excellent junior who is brilliant on his feet."

Legal 500, 2018 (Employment)

"His knowledge is remarkable."

Chambers & Partners, 2021 (Sport)

"Very bright, pragmatic and user-friendly. He provides clients with the advice they need and cuts to the chase in a way that some other practitioners do not."

Legal 500, 2021 (Sport)

"A dedicated junior who continues to attract attention from the market for the instructions he secures in sports-related employment law. He is active in a range of sports matters and often acts for athletes in disciplinary cases. He has recently been involved in a number of Rule K arbitrations and doping disputes."

"Diligent, proactive and easy to access."

Chambers & Partners, 2020 (Sport)

"A dedicated junior who continues to attract attention from the market due to his securing of instructions in employment-related matters. He is active in a range of sports matters and often acts for athletes in disciplinary cases. He has recently been involved in a number of Rule K arbitrations and doping disputes."

"He was great at finding the strength and weaknesses in our case.” “Extremely intelligent and diligent.” “A rising star."

Chambers & Partners, 2019 (Sport)

"He is good on strategic issues and very tenacious on his feet."

Chambers & Partners, 2018 (Sport)

"Extremely intelligent and diligent; open to discussing difficult points in detail."

Legal 500, 2018 (Sport)