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Andrew Short QC

Andrew Short QC

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Andrew Short QC’s practice centres on pensions, employment, 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.

Employment & Discrimination

Andrew’s employment practice covers everything from complex or sensitive dismissal and discrimination cases through TUPE to high value contract, restrictive covenant, fiduciary duty and equal pay claims. He has acted in many of the leading cases relating to discrimination in pay and pensions, including Abdulla v Birmingham City Council, Brierley v Asda, McCloud v Lord Chancellor, and Sargeant v LFEPA.

Recent work includes:

  • acting on behalf of thousands of claimants in relation to vast private sector equal pay claims against Asda and Sainsbury’s
  • acting on behalf of 200 judges and 6,000 firefighters challenging the public sector pension reforms
  • securing the release of a non-executive director from litigation arising out of the Weinstein / #metoo litigation
  • securing many millions of pounds in settlements in various public sector equal pay claims
  • advising major airlines in relation to restructuring and terms and conditions
  • advising various employers in relation to working time issues
  • acting for employers and others seeking to stave off Beckmann or similar claims relating to pension rights
  • advising employers in relation to Share Incentive Plans.


McCloud v Lord Chancellor; Sargeant v LFEPA [2018] EWCA Civ 2844

Direct age discrimination and pensions; objective justification; equal pay.

Asda Stores v Brierley [2019] EWCA Civ 44

Comparability: use of comparators at different establishments under the same employment and single source tests.

Parker v MDU [2017] UKEAT/0113/17/DA

Equal pay, part-time workers, indirect discrimination, material factor and objective justification.

Birmingham City Council v Abdulla [2012] UKSC 47

Landmark decision of Supreme Court as to the jurisdiction of High Court and County Court in relation to Equal Pay Claims.

British Airways v Williams [2012] UKSC 43

Construction of UK regulations in context of EC Directive. Referred to ECJ.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Association of Pension Lawyers
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association
  • Industrial Law Society

Andrew Short QC is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

Areas of Law



“He combines incisive technical expertise with pragmatic, clear-minded confidence. His strategic input is invaluable.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2019

“An effective and clear advocate.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2019

“Provides superb advocacy. He is a very bright individual.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2018

“Very user-friendly and very clever.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2018

“A winning combination of sparkling intellect and sound commercial instincts.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2018

“He is measured, determined and unafraid to give decisive guidance.” Pensions, Legal 500 2019

“A brilliant silk who is unafraid to take a stance.” Employment, Legal 500 2019

“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 2018

“Excellent with clients and very approachable. He gives very clear and commercial advice.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2018

“He provides clear, pragmatic advice and excellent advocacy.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2018

“He is very user-friendly, notably calm and has a measured advocacy style.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2018

“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

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