Andrew Short QC
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Andrew Short QC’s practice centres on pensions, employment, financial services and general commercial work.
His “practical” and “realistic” approach together with his “great understanding of the commercial issues in a case” makes his strategic advice and his advocacy highly sought after by his clients, whether they are national or international companies or organisations, public bodies, trustees, trade unions or individuals.
He is able to bring years of experience as a trial lawyer in hostile and contentious claims to bear whenever necessary. He has been recommended for Pensions and for Employment in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for many years.
Andrew has lectured on pensions, discrimination and employment issues and is on the Consultation Board of Practical Law: Pensions.
Pensions & Trusts
Andrew’s pensions work encompasses both private and public sector schemes and includes issues of construction, equalisation and other discrimination issues, funding issues, preservation and revaluation, Beckmann claims and various regulatory issues including contribution notices and financial support directions. He is particularly sought after in cases that require a knowledge of both pensions and employment law. In addition to his advisory work, recent contentious work includes:
- acting on behalf of 200 judges and 6,000 firefighters challenging the public sector pension reforms
- acting on behalf of the Trustee in the remedies hearing following on from IBM v Dalgleish
- acting on behalf of the Representative Beneficiary in Vaitkus v Dresser-Rand UK
- acting on behalf of the Trustee in Pell Frischmann v Prabhu & Lamb
- acting on behalf of the Trustee in ICM Computer Group v Stribley
- acting on behalf of a company facing an application for a FSD by the Pensions Regulator arising out of an very high profile company failure
- acting on behalf of both claimants and defendants in cases involving claims of negligence made against advisers to schemes (including solicitors, actuaries and consultants)
- acting on behalf of various companies successfully fending off Beckmann type claims
Remedies hearing covering many issues, including interplay between redundancy and retirement.
Vaitkus v Dresser-Rand UK  EWHC 170 (Ch)
In the  021 PBLR (018). Construction of the governing provisions of a pension scheme; equalisation.
Access to Pensions Ombudsman; prospective costs.
Construction of the governing provisions of a pension scheme; corrective construction and omissions.
Statutory pension protection following a transfer in the nuclear industry.
Age discrimination, entitlement to early retirement benefits, justification: avoidance of wind-fall and cost.
Appointments & Memberships
- Association of Pension Lawyers
- Commercial Bar Association
- Employment Lawyers Association
- Employment Law Bar Association
- Financial Services Lawyers Association
- Industrial Law Society
Areas of Law
- Commercial & Chancery
- Employment & Discrimination
- Financial Services
- Law In Sport
- Pensions & Trusts
“Client friendly and technically brilliant.” Pensions, Legal 500 2017
“Highly experienced in pensions and employment crossover cases.” Legal 500 2017
“He has that pension-employment crossover expertise which is very valuable.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2017
“Very down-to-earth, straight-talking and good at finding solutions.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2017
“Andrew is a technically astute, but extremely down-to-earth QC, who breaks down the most complex of legal issues into client-friendly language.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2017
“Invaluable for his pragmatic, practical approach and his willingness to give clear and confident advice on difficult subjects.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2017
“A winning combination of exceptional intellect married to a robust pragmatic approach.” Pensions, Legal 500 2016
“A very user-friendly QC, who is completely down to earth and incredibly flexible.” Employment, Legal 500 2016
“He is pragmatic and user-friendly.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2016
“Extremely bright and diligent, he has a sense of humour to match his intellect.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2016
“His cross-examinations are a work of art.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2016
“Highly intelligent and willing to go the extra mile.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2016
“Extremely incisive, he provides clear, focused advice on difficult issues.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2016
“Excellent and approachable; he makes his clients feel well served.” Pensions, Legal 500 2015
“Fantastically clever and incisive, and excellent to have onside.” Employment, Legal 500 2015
“He gives very clear advice, understands the commercial merits of the case and is able to put things across efficiently.” “Always excellent, he is bright, perceptive and commercial.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2015
“Nice to work with, he will roll his sleeves up and work with you.” “He’s just so incisive, so clever and great with clients. He’s also confident that he’s right.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2015
“He has a superb manner and is extremely intellectual and very hard-working. I’m always happy to instruct him on complex matters.” “He brings an element of practicality to cases and doesn’t overcomplicate things.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2014
“A real star in the making. He’s very down-to-earth and clients loved him.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2014
“Outstanding cross-examination skills.” Employment, Legal 500 2014
“Very easy to work with and always well prepared.” Pensions, Legal 500 2014
“He is a joy to watch cross-examining, but only if he is acting for my clients.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2013
“Concise, clear and pragmatic advice” and displays “great understanding of the commercial issues in a case.” Considered to be “fantastic at TUPE and merger” matters. Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2013
“A brilliant cross-examiner.” Employment, Legal 500 2013
“Personable and intellectually sharp” Andrew Short QC is building an impressive reputation following his silk appointment in 2010. Pensions, Legal 500 2012
The “phenomenal” Andrew Short QC, who demonstrates “great attention to detail.” Employment, Legal 500 2012
“Technically adept and precise barrister”, who offers “thorough, clear and pragmatic advice.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2012