Andrew, a qualified South African attorney, has 17 years experience as a lawyer practicing in various fields of law. He practiced in a range of jurisdictions, including Johannesburg, London and The Hague, prior to being called to the Bar in 2011.
His background is as an employment lawyer in South Africa where he had a busy litigation practice and acted for unions and individual clients, particularly in the areas of unfair dismissal and collective bargaining. Employment forms the core of Andrew’s work at the Bar where he is regularly instructed in the Employment Tribunal on a wide range of claims, including unfair dismissal, unlawful deductions from wages and, increasingly, discrimination claims. He has undertaken several multi-day discrimination hearings. He is also expanding his practice into equal pay disputes and professional discipline.
He has accumulated significant experience in public international law from his time in the Office of the Prosecutor in the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, as a Legal Assistant to an arbitrator at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal and then as Legal Assistant to Defence counsel on two cases before the International Criminal Court. He continues to develop this area of his practice.
In addition, Andrew has been instructed regualrly before the First-Tier Tribunal in special educational needs appeals, as well as before Westminster Magistrates Court in extradition proceedings.
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Andrew is regularly instructed in the Employment Tribunal on cases dealing with unlawful deductions from wages and contract claims, to unfair dismissal, including constructive dismissal and discrimination, an area where he is increasingly focusing his energy.
He has been instructed to deal with all manner of preliminary hearings and case management discussions. His experience as an attorney (solicitor) means that he has a good rapport with lay clients and understands their anxieties at Tribunal. Andrew provides clear and thorough written advice whenever this is required.
- In a case which was reported in the media in 2013, Andrew was instructed on behalf of a woman who had been prevented from speaking Polish at her place of work and whose complaints had not been investigated. The ET at Watford found that she had suffered harassment. The Tribunal also found that letters written to her by her former employer after she had resigned and made a claim against the nursery school, constituted post-dismissal victimisation.