Andy Williams


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Andy Williams

Andy has a wealth of experience in advising on all aspects of employment law, as well as both contentious and non-contentious pensions matters.

Andy joined Stevens & Bolton as a partner in 2022. Prior to that he spent more than 20 years practising at two prominent City firms.

He has a particular expertise in advising large corporates on significant workplace issues, such as reorganisations, TUPE transfers and making changes to staff terms and conditions. He also has significant experience of Employment Tribunal and High Court work, dealing with a broad range of contentious issues. Andy regularly negotiates severance packages both on behalf of, and when acting against, senior executives. This gives him a unique insight into how best to represent clients when litigation is possible or likely. In addition, Andy brings a breadth of experience on pension matters, both contentious and non-contentious. This includes providing pensions corporate support on share and asset sales and purchases, advising on the pensions aspects of outsourcing arrangements and advising employers and trustees on a variety of aspects of their defined benefit pension schemes.

Andy’s clients appreciate his ability to offer succinct, commercially focussed advice, whilst avoiding legalese and jargon. This has enabled him to become a trusted adviser over many years to corporates and individuals alike.

Career highlights include:

  • Acting on the Supreme Court case of X v CAB, the leading authority on the right of volunteers in the workplace
  • Advising a major global telecoms company on a number of acquisitions and TUPE outsourcing arrangements
  • Advising an international merchant bank on its offshoring arrangements
  • Successfully representing an international telecoms provider in the EAT on a complex and untested point of law under TUPE
  • Advising a major global broadcasting company on its employment and HR issues, including IR35, as well as successfully defending Tribunal claims and exiting senior executives
  • Advising a large insurance broker on the sensitive departure of an employee absent from work on long-term sickness grounds
  • Securing a substantial settlement (of four years’ salary) for an employee of a major UK supermarket who was dismissed on discriminatory grounds

Andy has made TV and radio appearances commenting on employment law issues and is the editor of a number of employment law publications. He is a member of the Employment Lawyer’s Association, the Association of Pension Lawyers and the Pensions Management Institute.


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