Andrew Stafford Q.C.
- Employment law
- Commercial litigation
- Sports law
Ranging from civil fraud to sale of goods, contractual claims, insurance litigation, professional negligence & company disputes, Andrew Stafford has considerable experience & expertise in commercial litigation. Freezing orders and search and seizure orders, whether domestic or extra-territorial, have formed a significant part of his practice throughout his career at the bar. In relation to professional negligence & regulatory work, Andrew Stafford’s depth of knowledge and experience derives from the 11 years he spent at 4, New Square where he worked mainly on matters relating to breach of duty by solicitors and accountants, including coverage & declinature disputes with underwriters.
Recent cases have included –
Professional conflicts in a regulatory framework
Procurement of contractual benefits by fraud and breach of fiduciary duty
Breaking internal deadlocks within private companies
Conspiracy to engineer an unlawful team move
Breach of trust relating to employee share benefits
Estoppel in relation to pension promises
Andrew Stafford is the co-author of a major work, published in 2008, entitled “Fiduciary Duties: Directors & Employees”
In HISL v Tunnard, Andrew appeared in the Court of Appeal in relation to a senior employee’s fiduciary duties to his employer.
In Chase Midland, he successfully acted against a company advisor in relation to his fiduciary duties.
He has acted recently in cases involving the diversion of business opportunities, the allegedly unlawful establishment of competing businesses, breach of share purchase agreement, making & taking secret profits, fraudulent misrepresentation by a director, and failing to disclose conflicts of interest.
His experience in this field has led to an expertise in company law, which is further reflected in Andrew Stafford’s membership of the advisory board of Gore-Browne on Companies, one of the leading company law text books.
Restrictive Covenants, Garden Leave & Contractual Issues
Andrew Stafford acts for individuals and companies on the drafting and enforceability of covenants and garden leave clauses. Handling urgent applications for injunctive relief and working as part of a team preparing for a speedy trial represent a regular and significant part of his practice. Andrew Stafford regularly lectures on these topics and has appeared in a number of the leading cases, including Rock Refrigeration v Jones and Symbian v Christensen. He was also leading counsel for the successful claimant in Brake Brothers v Ungless in which the role and underpinning of covenants was reviewed, and in which supply-side covenants were applied. Andrew Stafford was counsel for the successful employees in the ground-breaking decision of Malik v BCCI
Confidential Information & Urgent Injunctive Relief
The issues relating to confidential information arise frequently in Andrew Stafford's practice in connection with employees and directors, and also in relation to covenants in restraint of trade.
He has great experience in search and seizure orders, freezing orders and springboard injunctions.
This is another area of specialisation involving urgent applications for injunctive relief. Andrew Stafford regularly acts for a number of national companies in relation to industrial action. In the recent past, he has acted for three of the major supermarket chains, a railway company, and oil companies. He acted for a major airline in the Gate Gourmet industrial dispute. Andrew Stafford’s experience means that he has developed considerable experience and expertise in the important but obscure details of the rules relating to balloting for strike action.
The cross-over between pensions and employment is obvious. Andrew Stafford has regularly advised on this practice area, and with increasing frequency as companies attempt to change the pension regime and employees have sought to resist such changes. In terms of litigation, the best-known of these cases is Hagen v ICI in which a group of employees were misled as to the pension changes which would result from a TUPE transfer.
Andrew Stafford has for many years acted for solicitors, surveyors and accountants in relation to issues concerning the proper performance of professional duties. This experience includes claims brought by clients, regulatory matters, and issues concerning insurance policy wording and application. There is a major overlap between the word relating to fiduciary duties which Andrew Stafford undertakes for professionals and that which he undertakes for directors and employees. Andrew Stafford has written widely on this and one of his articles, specifically relating to the position of solicitors, was cited with approval by the House of Lords in Twinsectra v Yardley. Andrew Stafford is currently acting in a major claim against a firm of solicitors based upon a property-related scam and for a mortgage broker in relation to dealings with a client.
Football and Formula 1 feature prominently in Andrew Stafford’s sports-related practice. Understanding the nature of the specific industries gives an edge to Andrew Stafford’s work, enabling him to combine legal expertise with practical solutions appropriate to the area of activity. This work represents a growing element in Andrew Stafford’s practice, embracing contractual disputes, regulatory issues, and claims involving fiduciary duties and injunctive relief. Amongst his clients are Rafa Benitez, Sunderland AFC, Benfica, Wirth Research, and an engineer at the heart of in the Ferrari v McLaren scandal.
Andrew Stafford advises on the impact of TUPE both in the context of contentious and non-contentious business. He appears regularly in cases in which the impact of TUPE is in issue. He is an editor and co-author of a major work devoted to TUPE, and lectures on this topic. Andrew Stafford was one of the advocates in ICI v Hagen, a major TUPE case in the High Court. Andrew Stafford appeared in the Court of Appeal in Balfour Beatty Networks v Wilcox. He regularly advises a major national chain on the impact of TUPE on its commercial acquisitions and disposals. Most recently, Andrew Stafford acted for the Law Society in the case concerning the establishment of the OLC and its implications under TUPE for staff employed by the Law Society.
Discrimination & Equal Pay
Both as a practitioner and as a part-time tribunal judge, Andrew Stafford has a wide experience of discrimination claims. He appeared in the EAT in the landmark case of GMB v Allen, and has acted in high profile cases concerning sexual orientation and whistleblowing. City based discrimination cases have become a regular part of Andrew Stafford’s practice. Andrew Stafford is representing a local authority in a significant equal pay claim, and has acted for claimants in relation to a claim arising in the health service.
Andrew Stafford has appeared in a number of the most significant cases concerning working time, including Byrne Brothers v Baird, Redrow v Wright, James v Redcats, and Transocean v Russell.
Andrew Stafford has chaired major internal disciplinary hearings connected with the health service. In addition, he has acted for both hospitals and consultants in relation to the contractual disputes – often involving injunctions– which arise from the complex and sometimes arcane jurisprudence relating to the regulatory and disciplinary aspects of this work. Andrew Stafford acted for the hospital in Kulkarni v Milton Keynes NHS Trust. He has also advised widely on the employment implications which result from changing the ways in which medical services can be delivered to patients.
The practice areas in relation to which Andrew Stafford acts as a mediator reflect his expertise as a practitioner. Most frequently, he mediates disputes which have issues relating to fiduciary duties, employment, sport, and professional services. This means that Andrew Stafford brings to such mediations skills beyond merely those of facilitating negotiations. He has an understanding of the underlying substantive law, enabling him to focus on the real risks - legal as well as financial – which the parties face if the matter in question were to be litigated to judgment.
Malik v BCCI (House of Lords – contract of employment – implied term of trust & confidence)
Kulkarni v Milton Keynes NHS Trust (Court of Appeal – disciplinary hearing – right to representation)
Suffolk Mental Health NHS Trust v Hurst; Sandwell MBC v Arnold (Court of Appeal – equal pay, requirements of statutory grievance)
Law Society v Secretary of State & OLC (High Court – TUPE)
GMB v Allen (EAT – discrimination – trade union – equal pay)
Consistent Group v Kalwak (Court of Appeal – Working Time – sham contracts)
Redrow v Wright (Court of Appeal – working time – employment status)
Byrne Brothers v Baird (EAT – working time – employment status)
Russell v Transocean (EAT – working time – European Law)
James v Redcats (EAT – working time)
Balfour Beatty v Wilcox (Court of Appeal – TUPE)
HISL v Tunnard (Court of Appeal – fiduciary duties – confidential information)
Symbian v Christensen (Court of Appeal – garden leave)
Brake Bros v Ungless (High Court – covenant in restraint of trade)
Rock Refrigeration v Jones (Court of Appeal – covenant in restraint of trade)
Hagen v ICI (High Court – contractual duties – collective consultation - negligent misrepresentation – TUPE)
Lauffer v Barking NHS Trust (High Court – injunction to restrain dismissal)
Craig v Transocean International (EAT – working time and offshore working)
T&GWU v Safeway Stores (EAT – Amending to introduce new cause of action out of time)
Jowitt v Pioneer Technology (Court of Appeal – contractual sick pay)
University of Nottingham v Eyett (High Court – duty of trust and confidence)
Brunel University v Vaseghi (Court of Appeal – disciplinary procedures – privilege)
Whitewater v Barnes (EAT – TUPE)
Atlas Wright v Wright (Court of Appeal – company law- directors’ contracts)
SBJ Stephenson v Mandy (High Court – covenant in restraint of trade)
Parham v Parham (Court of Appeal – interpretation of contractual clause relating to salary)
Murray v Leisureplay (High Court – liquidated damages and penalties)
ABK Ltd v Foxwell (High Court – breach of confidence)
Gerrard v Read (High Court – consent order & restraint of trade)
Humphrey v Gatwick Handling (Court of Appeal – incorporation of collective agreement)
Pugh v Cantor Fitzgerald (Court of Appeal – quantification of contractual damages)
Ridgway v JP Morgan (High Court – contractual bonus scheme)
WHAT OTHERS SAY:
""Incredibly inventive lawyer" Andrew Stafford QC has a "phenomenal legal mind" and gives "robust and clear advice," enthusiastic sources say. He recently acted for the main defendant in Customer Systems v Ranson, a High Court claim for breach of contract brought by a former employer against employees." Chambers UK 2013
Recommended "acting in several high-profile football arbitrations." Legal 500 2012
"absolutely nailed this practice area" and can handle any case that is thrown at him. "He offers the right combination between academic brilliance and superb client-handling skills," according to sources, who also say that "he is a great tactician who always has a master plan." Chambers UK 2012
"Andrew Stafford QC’s practice encompasses football, cricket, motor racing and horseracing" Legal 500 2011
“stellar employment barrister” Chambers UK 2010
“fantastic courtroom demeanour” Chambers UK 2010
“responsive, user-friendly & immensely practical” Chambers UK 2009
“a really good lateral thinker” Chambers UK 2008
“clear & effective advice” Legal 500 2007
Part-time Employment Judge 2000-8
Qualified as mediator in 2000
Author (with Stuart Ritchie) of “Fiduciary Duties: Directors & Employees”
Contributor & Editor of Sweet & Maxwell’s “Transfer of Undertakings”
Member of Advisory Board “Gore-Browne on Companies”
LECTURES & SEMINARS:
Pensions & Employment Law
Civil Fraud – Attribution & Imputation of Knowledge
Breach of Fiduciary Duty
Strikes and Industrial Action
Dismissals and TUPE
Equality Act 2010
Employment Tribunal Procedure
Contracts of Employment, Specific Performance and Human Rights
Time Off Work – Holidays and Redundancy
Alternatives to Covenants
Mediating Employment Disputes
Employment Law Updates
TUPE and Covenants
Royal Grammar School, Newcastle
Trinity Hall, Cambridge
A keen supporter of Newcastle United. More rationally, Andrew is enthusiastic about art, theatre and reading.