Andrew Worthley

Andrew Worthley

Call 2004 - Lincoln’s Inn

Andrew Worthley has been a member of Magdalen Chambers since its inception in July 2013, having practised at both founding sets Rougemont and Southernhay between 2004 and 2013. He has a broad common law practice area which is now principally focused on employment work.

Andrew is an experienced and friendly barrister whose advocacy has received judicial commendation from Ward LJ, who stated in the Court of Appeal, "I wish to pay my tribute to Mr Worthley not only for his erudition but for the careful, sensible and charming way in which he has argued this application." Ward LJ, (2009) EWCA Civ 860.

Andrew accepts public access work and work through the Bar Pro Bono unit. He is also a visiting senior lecturer at City University London and external examiner at Queen’s University Belfast. He has previously been a Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords and a Professor in Residence at City University New York.

Commercial

Andrew’s commercial practice is predominately focused on Company, Directorship and Partnership Disputes as well as Contract and Agency matters. He has recently acted in a complex international partnership dispute, a multi-partner unfair prejudice petition and multi-million pound international insolvency proceedings in the High Court. Andrew has a particular interest in the overlap between directorship disputes and employment matters.

Employment

Andrew’s varied and busy employment practice encompasses cases of unfair and wrongful dismissal including redundancies, sex, race, age and disability discrimination and TUPE related matters. His practice is both advisory and advocacy based.

He regularly appears in Employment tribunals nationwide and has acted in numerous cases in the Employment Appeals Tribunal. He has represented and advised businesses, charities, individuals and local authorities in employment related matters. He has a particular interest and skill in representing parties in meditation hearings.  Andrew is also a senior visiting lecturer in Employment Law on the BPTC and LPC at City Law School and appears in the Guardian newspaper as a legal contributor for employment law issues. He previously served as a Specialist Legal Advisor for Select Committee on Communications for its inquiry into the representation of women in news and current affairs broadcasting.

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Reported Employment Cases

– Horizon Security Services Limited v Ndeze & Anor [2014] IRLR 854

– The Police & Crime Commissioner for Devon & Cornwall v Naldrett UKEAT/0401/14/DM

– Teva (UK) Ltd v Heslip [2009] All ER (D) 277 (Jul) (EAT)

– Richmond v Devon Doctors on Call [2006] All ER (D) 379 (Nov).

Family

Andrew has been a member of Magdalen Chambers since its inception in July 2013, having practised at both founding sets Rougemont and Southernhay between 2004 and 2013. He is an experienced and friendly barrister whose advocacy has received judicial commendation from Ward LJ, who stated in the Court of Appeal, “I wish to pay my tribute to Mr Worthley not only for his erudition but for the careful, sensible and charming way in which he has argued this application.” Ward LJ, (2009) EWCA Civ 860.

Andrew accepts public access work and work through the Bar Pro Bono unit. He is also a visiting senior lecturer at City University London and external examiner at Queen’s University Belfast. He has previously been a Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords and a Professor in Residence at City University New York.

Andrew accepts instructions in family law matters where he retains a practice in financial remedies cases and private law Children Act cases and has a particular interest in complex TOLATA claims. He has vast previous experience of private and public law Children Act matters, having acted for parents, guardians, interveners and local authorities. Andrew lectures in family law on the BPTC at City Law School and previously taught family law on the LPC at the University of Exeter.

Property & Chancery

Andrew’s Property and Chancery practice is focused on Trusts of Land, and also incorporates matters relating to Easements Boundaries & Covenants, Rights of Way, Housing and Landlord and Tenant (residential and business). He frequently acts in neighbour disputes relating to boundaries and rights of way, Party Wall Act cases, and has experience in resolving such matters through Alternative Dispute Resolution, mediation and litigation.

Andrew also has extensive experience in the area of implied trusts, proprietary rights on cohabitation breakdown and general proceedings under TOLATA, including intervention proceedings in Financial Remedies cases. He has acted in the Court of Appeal on multiple occasions without a leader, notably in the case of Baker v Rowe [2009] concerning the overlapping costs jurisdictions of the CPR and Family Proceedings Rules in cases where TOLATA disputes are resolved through an intervention during Ancillary Relief proceedings.

Reported Property Cases

– Baker v Rowe [2009] EWCA Civ 1162, [2009] EWCA Civ 860;

“Wall LJ paid tribute to “the erudition on display” in the skeleton argument he considered — one prepared by Mr Andrew Worthley who now appears for the applicant. I wish to pay my tribute to Mr Worthley not only for his erudition but for the careful, sensible and charming way in which he has argued this application.” Ward LJ, [2009] EWCA Civ 860

– “Mr Worthley fights a valiant rear-guard action.” Wilson LJ, [2009] EWCA Civ 1162

– Dhinsa (t/a Krystal Commercial) v Bance [2009] EWCA Civ 1040

Prizes and Scholarships

2000: Dean’s Commendation (Top of year), University of Exeter.
2003: Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
2004: Buchanan Prize, Highest grade of Lincoln’s Inn student graduating from UWE.
2004: Cholmeley Studentship Award (Lincoln’s Inn)

2014: Educational Excellence Award, City University London

Outside Interests

Andrew is a keen gigging musician and recording artist. When not in court, lecturing or playing music, he also enjoys sports, politics, theology, good coffee and literature.

Cases

Employment

– Horizon Security Services Limited v Ndeze & Anor [2014] IRLR 854

– The Police & Crime Commissioner for Devon & Cornwall v Naldrett UKEAT/0401/14/DM

– Teva (UK) Ltd v Heslip [2009] All ER (D) 277 (Jul) (EAT)

– Richmond v Devon Doctors on Call [2006] All ER (D) 379 (Nov)

Family

– Baker v Rowe [2009] EWCA Civ 1162, [2009] EWCA Civ 860

Common Law/Chancery

– Baker v Rowe [2009] EWCA Civ 1162, [2009] EWCA Civ 860;

“Wall LJ paid tribute to “the erudition on display” in the skeleton argument he considered — one prepared by Mr Andrew Worthley who now appears for the applicant. I wish to pay my tribute to Mr Worthley not only for his erudition but for the careful, sensible and charming way in which he has argued this application.” Ward LJ, [2009] EWCA Civ 860

– “Mr Worthley fights a valiant rear-guard action.” Wilson LJ, [2009] EWCA Civ 1162, para 25

– Dhinsa (t/a Krystal Commercial) v Bance [2009] EWCA Civ 1040

Qualifications

  • Appointed Deputy District Judge assigned to the South Eastern Circuit