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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 1926 - 2022

Portrait of Andrew Haywood
Areas of expertise: Employment, Sports, Technology


Recognised by The Legal 500, Andrew has a wealth of experience advising on contentious and non-contentious employment law issues. Qualifying as a solicitor in 2001, he has particular expertise in the areas of age discrimination, having acted in the widely known cases of Wall v British Compressed Air Society (Court of Appeal) and Seldon v Clarkson Wright & Jakes (Supreme Court) and, the enforcement of post-termination restrictions.

His corporate practice is drawn from a number of sectors including media, retail and financial services where he advises on day-to-day and post-employment issues. Andrew also acts for several household names in the technology sector and for US companies on employment-related matters, either directly or through their UK subsidiaries. On the individual side, he advises many senior executives and non-UK domiciled high net worth individuals on their employment arrangements.

Andrew also heads up the firm's sports and entertainment group and has specialist expertise in the sports industry having previously been the in-house legal and commercial director for a national based sports agency. Andrew is regularly instructed by professionals and sports clubs on a variety of matters including disciplinary and contractual disputes. He also lectures at Cambridge University on employment issues in sports.

Recent work highlights

  • Advising an international technology company on the recruitment of its UK-based employees and the enforceability of post-termination restrictions.
  • Successfully defending a telecoms company in respect of a claim for unfair dismissal and race discrimination.
  • Acting on behalf of two employees who were claiming unfair dismissal and age discrimination against an international advertising agency.
  • Providing day-to-day HR advice to an international retailer on a variety of matters including whistleblowing and discrimination.
  • Successfully representing a high profile nightclub and entertainment business following the unlawful removal of confidential information and breach of post-termination restrictions.
  • Advising a member on a complex termination settlement involving bonus and share incentives and a seven figure settlement.

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 419867.

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