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Andrew Spooner

Andrew joined Averta in 2019 as a consultant, having worked in senior roles at a number of substantial west Midlands firms in a career spanning over 40 years. Andrew specialises in commercial disputes involving employment issues. He also advises on partnership disputes for solicitors, doctors, surveyors, accountants and other professionals. He has particular expertise in defending and obtaining injunctions involving senior employees (involving breaches of covenant and issues of confidentiality). He has successfully obtained and supervised Search & Seize Orders. He has extensive experience in professional regulatory issues involving solicitors. He is the immediate past President and member of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The Tribunal hears cases of professional conduct and regulatory issues concerning solicitors. Andrew regularly chairs tribunals hearing these cases. Andrew sits as a Deputy District Judge on the Midland Circuit hearing a variety of civil claims. He is a trained mediator and uses mediation wherever this is appropriate as a method of resolving cases for clients. Andrew is known as being “one of the best” in the market. Sources praise his skill in managing cases and getting the best out of clients and counsel (Chambers UK 2015).

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Recent cases include: Andrew has acted for claimants and defendants in obtaining and defending proceedings including:

  • Successfully defending proceedings for an Injunction that had been brought against a client who had not signed her contract of employment containing various restrictive covenants and where no consideration had been paid to her when the contract of employment was varied to include restrictive covenants [2018] EWHC 1972 (QB)
  • Acting for defendants in High Court proceedings where the claimants claimed £10 million and sought an Interim Injunction to prevent the defendants from soliciting or dealing with customers. The case was resolved at a speedy trial where the Judge concluded that the covenants relied on by the claimants were not enforceable and dismissed the claim against two of the defendants part way through the trial. Two days later the claimants discontinued the claim against the other three defendants.
  • Acting for a company against a former director and senior employee who had taken confidential information belonging to the company. Successfully obtaining a Search & Seize Order which was executed at two sites in the Midlands and the North. Subsequently Springboard Relief and Judgment was obtained in the High Court in London after a speedy trial [2009] EWHC 1083 (Ch)
  • Acting for the partners of a firm of solicitors in defending claims brought in the High Court by their former partners following the dissolution of the partnership.
  • Acting in proceedings brought against the former partner in a professional practice for sums allegedly owed whilst he was a partner of the firm.
  • Acting for partners in a solicitors practice and advising in connection with threatened litigation (including a mediation) following the breakup of the firm.
  • Acting in a partnership dispute for an individual who was expelled from a professional partnership for alleged immoral behaviour. The claim was settled by mediation.
  • Acting in a High Court action for a senior employee involving a million pound bonus claim.

Andrew was formerly a Partner and Head of Commercial Litigation at a major firm of solicitors based in Birmingham and London. His interests include golf, fell walking, reading and watching cricket.

Career Outline

2010 – 2019

Consultant Wright Hassall LLP

2007 – 2010

Partner Harrison Clark, Worcester

2006 – 2007

Consultant Averta Employment Lawyers

2005 – 2006

Director of Litigation Heatons LLP

1976 – 2005

Martineau Johnson (previously Johnson & Co) – Partner/Assistant/Trainee Solicitor

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