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Andrew MacPhail

Year of Call: 2007
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Telephone: 01865 797 700

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Andrew MacPhail is happy to assist with employment investigations. He recently undertook a workplace investigation into matters raised by a discrimination grievance; he interviewed a number of witnesses and collated relevant documents, in light of which he produced investigation report.

  • Recommendations

    Andrew MacPhail has long been recommended as an Employment & Discrimination specialist by the Legal 500 UK Bar Directory, praising him as:

    "He is practical and thorough, and the clients love him." - Legal 500, 2021 / Employment - South Eastern Circuit - Tier 1 barrister

    "Very good with clients."
    "Andrew MacPhail represented the claimant in Court of Appeal case BMC Software v Shaikh, an equal pay claim" - Legal 500, 2021 / Employment - Western Circuit - Tier 2 barrister

    "Very good with clients." - Legal 500, 2020 / Employment - South Eastern Circuit - Tier 1 barrister

    "Very good with clients." - Legal 500, 2020 / Employment - Western Circuit - Tier 1 barrister

    "Andrew is a very user-friendly barrister" - Legal 500, 2018/19 / Employment - Tier 1 barrister

    "Practical and professional; clients love him" - Legal 500, 2017 / Employment – Tier 1 barrister

    "A pure employment expert" - Legal 500, 2016 / Employment - Tier 1 barrister

    The scope of his employment practice often focuses on complex multi-day discrimination and whistle-blowing hearings. He also has experience of TUPE and breach of contract work.
    Strengths: "He is very calm but diligent. He goes the extra mile for clients and is a fearless advocate."
    Recent work: Acted for the claimant in bringing various claims, including an equal pay claim, against BMC Software.

    Chambers & Partners 2021 UK Bar Directory/Employment - Western Bar - Band 4

    He has also been rated Band 4 for Employment Western (Bar) in Chambers & Partners 2020 UK Bar Directory.
    Strengths: "He is extremely detailed, and really analyses a case down to the finest details."

    In Chambers & Partners 2017 UK Bar Directory. Andrew is rated 'Up and Coming barrister' and described as: "Andrew is esteemed for his experience in a diverse array of employment law disputes, ranging from whistle-blowing, discrimination and harassment, to equal pay, unfair dismissal and TUPE ". His strengths were detailed as : "His experience at tribunal covers a wide range of employment law areas. He is often instructed for complex multi-day discrimination and whistle-blowing hearings."

    In Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2016, Andrew was again rated as an Up and Coming barrister for Employment and described as counsel who "has represented both claimants and respondents in matters concerning issues as diverse as whistle-blowing, unfair dismissal, TUPE, equal pay, unlawful deductions and breach of contract. His strengths were described by clients as "He's m and reassuring, and has a confident approach. He always delivers and always gets good results." "He's sensible, gives the client confidence, and can boil down the information to its essential points."

    In Chambers & Partners K Bar Directory 2015, Andrew was again rated as a top employment barrister and was  described by clients as :  "He is a thorough and systematic barrister. You always know when Andrew is instructed that he will devote his full care and attention to the case." "He's quite technical but very effective as an advocate, and always invested in his work."


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  • The Legal 500 - Leading Individual 2021 Logo
  • Top Ranked Chambers - Leading Set 2020 - UK Bar Logo

Academic qualifications

  • MA Hons, Classics, University of Edinburgh
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, College of Law
  • Bar Vocational Course, College of Law

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Graduate Diploma in Law, College of Law
  • Bar Vocational Course, College of Law

Professional bodies

  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Employment Law Association

Direct Access

Andrew MacPhail is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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