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Andrew Willshire

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Legal 500 top tier


Employment law

  • Employment contracts
  • Unfair dismissal/constructive dismissal
  • Settlement agreements
  • Tribunal claims, including representation at hearings
  • Disciplinary and grievance issues
  • Poor performance/absence management strategy
  • Discrimination
  • Whistleblowing
  • Redundancies and restructuring
  • TUPE Regulations

Education Law

  • Special educational needs
  • Admissions
  • Exclusions
  • Schools and academies

About Andrew

Andrew trained with the firm and qualified as a solicitor in April 2016. He acts for both companies and individuals advising on an array of employment issues.

Andrew advises on day-to-day employment issues such as unfair dismissal, absence and performance management, discrimination, disciplinary and grievance issues and settlement agreements. He also drafts and reviews employment contracts, handbooks, policies and procedures. He works with his clients to pro-actively manage their employee issues and, where possible, avoid protracted disputes. Andrew provides clear and creative solutions to his clients’ particular needs.

He has experience in dealing with Employment Tribunal claims and undertaking advocacy at all stages of a claim.

Andrew is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Education Law

Andrew is part of the education team who represent parents in the admission of their children to schools and academies and advises parents in relation to special educational needs. He also works alongside schools and academies, advising as to their legal duties and obligations with a variety of complex procedures surrounding admissions, exclusions and special educational needs.

Andrew aims to help parents through the difficult process of EHC Needs Assessments and the making of an EHC Plan. He also provides advice regarding various time limits that are associated within these processes. Andrew can also navigate parents through the appeal process.  

We provide clear, robust and comprehensive advice to parents and schools through what can be complex and sensitive situations.

Recent Blogs

Thank you for your help and guidance through this process, both my wife and I were filled with confidence from the moment we met with you and knew we were in good hands. Whilst the situation as a whole is clearly not ideal, the agreement which you have negotiated for me is excellent and I cannot thank you enough for your work towards this. You have assisted in turning a really awful situation for me personally into something more positive.

Not that I would wish this situation on anyone else but I absolutely will not hesitate to recommend you in any future similar employment based cases.


Anonymous client

Paris Smith have been my ‘go to’ employment law providers for 21 years. Over the years the practice has also helped me with my GDPR, property, commercial and domestic legal needs. I have used Paris Smith all these years because they are knowledgeable, friendly, pragmatic and cost effective. It doesn’t matter which member of the team you are dealing with you get a consistent approach.


- Joy Craddock, Managing Director

JCV Consulting Ltd

I approached Andrew with a complex employment issue. Throughout the case I could contact Andrew and the responses have been lightning fast. He always asked about my opinion or comments and had valuable insights. He handled the other sides tactics extremely well with no quarter given and with no nonsense attitude. Andrew negotiated the best possible agreement for me which exceeded my expectations. I can`t thank him enough for his hard work and guidance in this difficult time for me and my family. Andrew was highly professional from start to finish and my case could not have been in better hands



I contacted Andrew for legal advice with a redundancy situation, after he was personally recommended to me. From the outset Andrew was very helpful, explaining all of the options available in a simple manner. Whenever I had any questions, he responded very quickly indeed and the guidance provided enabled me to negotiate a far better outcome, which I simply could not have achieved without his support. Andrew – thank you so much!”


17 June for AW

Andrew handled my case very professionally and obtained a very good outcome for me. He explained very clearly and simply all the options that were available to me and this enabled me to easily decide which option was right for me. He is very approachable and was very prompt in coming back to me each time I needed advice or had a query. He was very good at making sure that all bases were covered in my best interest. I would definitely recommend Andrew to friends