Andrew Stones is a partner in our Labour & Employment Practice Group based in our Leeds office. He trained and qualified as a solicitor in April 2002 and worked in the Employment team for nearly 2 years, before moving in house, as an employment solicitor with Asda Stores Limited.

    Andrew’s in-house experience put him in the position of having the proverbial ‘shoe on the other foot’ as a client and he learnt what is and is not appreciated when advising within a business.  He always aims to provide advice in simple, practical terms, regardless of the complexity of the issue, and to give a view.

    Since returning to the firm in 2006 Andrew has developed a strong reputation for his commercial and pragmatic approach and has gained significant experience in a number of sectors with a particular focus on union/collective and industrial relations issues.

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    • Advising on proposed changes to terms and conditions of employment affecting more than 25,000 employees.
    • Defending trade union requests for statutory recognition through the Central Arbitration Committee.
    • Advising a FTSE 100 company in relation to the redundancy/collective consultation process arising from the conclusion of one of the largest construction projects in the UK. 
    • Defending a claim brought by 2 unions for a protective award for an alleged failure to collectively consult involving liability of £1.5 million.
    • Advising a number of clients in relation to serial grievance raisers.
    • Advising on the employment issues of business integrations, associated union relationships and drafting collective/partnership agreements.
    • Advising in relation to potential claims against a trade union given its failure to repudiate ‘wildcat’ (unprotected) industrial action.
    • Defending claims of alleged trade union blacklisting both under the old legislation and the new black list regulations.
    • Negotiating several senior executive termination packages.


    • University of Sheffield, L.P.C., 1999
    • University of Sheffield, LL.B., Honors, 1998


    • England and Wales, 2002
    • Recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for Employment, Yorkshire
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Employment
    • Recognized as a leading individual by Chambers UK 2016

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