Andy Graham > Shoosmiths LLP > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Shoosmiths LLP
New Station Street
West Yorkshire

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Andy specialises in both contentious and non-contentious employment law and has experience of acting in the public, private and charitable sectors. Andy is also a trustee for Leeds Mind and is one of the leading experts in managing mental health issues in both the context of the workplace and for sports teams.

Andy’s recent experience includes:


    • defending tribunal litigation, including actions by multiple claimants and high value discrimination claims;
    • acting for employers in striking out claims at the pre-hearing review stage; and
    • negotiating settlement and COT3 agreements;


    • advising clients on all statutory and contractual employment rights, including holiday pay, family-friendly rights, duties of employees, restrictive covenants, confidentiality and data protections (including the provision of training to the relevant members of management);
    • advising on small and large scale redundancies (including collective consultation exercises);
    • drafting and negotiating service and consultancy agreements for senior employees/workers;
    • drafting agreements for casual workers and zero hours contracts;
    • advising on the termination of senior executives;
    • advising companies on the threat of industrial action and the methods to prevent it;
    • presenting training sessions to HR professionals, line managers and in house counsel; and
    • delivering “talking with teammates” training sessions with a mental health focus to sports teams;


  • advising on employment due diligence issues in corporate, property and insolvency transactions;
  • drafting, advising on and negotiating the wording of employment clauses in transaction documents for multi-million pound/acquisitions/investments; and
  • advising clients on public and private sector procurement contracts.


Andy qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and is a Senior Associate based in Shoosmiths’ Leeds office.

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Shoosmiths LLP handles Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal cases for major national clients. It has particular experience in advising on senior executive exits within regulated sectors such as financial services and healthcare. Paul Stokey  and Phil Crowe  jointly lead the team; the former is an expert in collective equal pay claims while the latter is a specialist in the defence of worker status and gig economy claims. For discrimination claims and issues relating to mental health, senior associate Andy Graham is recommended.