Andreas White


Employment | Partnerships and LLPs | Executives

"We always felt we had your undivided attention and could contact you whenever we needed to. Your flexibility in handling new issues, changing timetables and tight deadlines was invaluable to us."

A client

“a key name for international clients”

Legal 500 UK, 2019

Andreas is a partner in our employment team.  He has substantial litigation experience, with a particular focus on complex and high value employment and partnership disputes.

Andreas’ areas of specialism include:

  • Senior executive contracts and severance arrangements
  • Discrimination law
  • Restrictive covenants and team moves
  • Redundancies and restructurings
  • Whistleblowing and internal investigations
  • Bonuses
  • Regulated professionals and firms

Andreas has a particular interest in international and cross border employment law. He is a former president of the labour law commission of AIJA.  

Andreas is equally experienced in acting for employers, senior executives and partners, allowing him to understand the issues and tactics on both sides of the table. 

What clients and directories say

‘truly excellent’ (Senior partner of  US law firm client) 

‘We always felt we had your undivided attention and could contact you whenever we needed to. Your flexibility in handling new issues, changing timetables and tight deadlines was invaluable to us’
(CEO and HR Director of client)

"Can I say once again how pleased we are with the assistance we receive from your team.’"(Chairman of client)   

"Great assistance and knowledge. Served my business needs very well. Would highly recommend Andreas."  (Corporate client)

"Thank you so much for your time, thought, professionalism, standard of care and laughter! All so much appreciated." (Senior executive client)


Recent cases

Recent senior executive experience

  • Advised founder on successful defence of a £1.8 million claim for breach of confidentiality, restrictive covenants and fiduciary duties in a team move case.
  • Advised the CEO of a multinational bank on contractual documentation setting out substantial bonus entitlements. Later advised on resolution of a board room dispute involving a seven figure settlement.
  • Acted for the chief executive of a public body in protracted disciplinary proceedings and claims for breach of contract, disability discrimination, and unfair dismissal.
  • Advised a dual US-UK national on high value and multi-jurisdictional claims against a large multinational after his assignment as country manager of an overseas subsidiary was terminated.
  • Substantial experience of representing partners, board directors and senior executives on the employment ramifications of criminal and regulatory investigations, for example FCA and SFO investigations (frequently working with Kingsley Napley’s white collar crime and regulatory teams). Acted for senior in-house lawyer posted overseas in connection with a constructive dismissal and bonus claim arising out of an international bribery investigation by the SFO and DOJ.
  • Represented a fund management executive in high value age, disability and sex discrimination proceedings, and the successful challenge of HMRC’s adjudication of the taxation of a substantial confidential settlement.

Employer experience

  • Represented a leading US law firm in defending seven figure sex and maternity discrimination claims.
  • Advised a leading City firm on the employment aspects of a sensitive and complex internal investigation, working as part of Kingsley Napley’s internal investigations and fraud team.  Various issues arose including whistleblowing, suspension and bonus terms, work related stress complaints, regulatory notification and disciplinary proceedings.
  • Defending various discrimination and whistleblowing claims acting for two UK regulatory bodies.
  • Acted for a private equity firm in defending high value discrimination claims (age, sex and race) brought by an employee who was unsuccessful in their application for partnership.
  • Advised a fund management firm on a restructuring of their London office and their acquisition of a team from a competitor.
  • Substantial experience of advising employers and firms on senior management and partner appointments and terminations, reorganisations and restructurings, as well as contractual and policy matters. Recently advised major listed financial services company on appointment of new group chief executive (subject to Senior Managers Regime) and US hedge fund on departure of a founding partner.




Professional societies and memberships


Insight from Andreas

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I have been diagnosed with cancer and am worried how my employer will react. What are my employment rights whilst undergoing treatment?

Shining a spotlight on the culture of financial services firms

Third party pressure: a valid reason to dismiss?

Thinking of taking your employer’s confidential information to a competitor? Think twice.

Whistleblowing in banks and insurers: FCA and PRA confirmation of their new rules

Regulatory references in the financial services industry – PRA & FCA consultation

New whistleblowing rules from FCA

FCA issue rules and guidance on bankers remuneration and clawback obligations

Financial professionals: don’t bank on your bonus

“Dirty Leeds” email lands executive in big trouble

Law firm partner’s profit share allocation was a reasonable exercise of discretion

Regulatory compliance, trust and confidence in the financial services sector

Off-payroll working rules in the private sector – the change is near

Employer’s Talent Pool was found to be age discriminatory

Welcome, Furlough Part II – what took you so long?

The end of the resident labour market test: good news for employers?

Tribunal costs orders – claimants beware

Transatlantic trends from the UK’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Paycheck Protection Program in the US

Urgent Home Office guidance required for furloughed Tier 2 sponsored workers

Partner expulsion case offers lessons to LLP firms and their partners

WhatsApp messages: a treasure trove of evidence in team moves

Credibility of witness evidence justified dismissal under FCA’s ‘fit and proper’ test

Carrying out a reasonable investigation into a misconduct allegation – can an employer withhold evidence from a disciplinary panel?

The extension of the SMCR, the fit & proper test and the increasing significance of non-financial misconduct

Employers should take care when considering the dismissal of employees with long-term medical conditions

Diplomatic and state immunity – landmark Supreme Court judgments

Successful appeal in non-compete restrictive covenant case emphasises the importance of well drafted post termination restrictions

Running the Marathon – lessons for professional and financial services partnerships

Next phase of the new accountability regime for UK financial services

Webinar: Brexit - what this means for EU employees and their families

Strengthening accountability in banking: FCA issues final rules for UK branches of foreign banks

European regulation of insider dealing and market manipulation: build up to the new market abuse regime from 2016

Legal update - TUPE: does a location change mean employees can bring constructive and automatically unfair dismissal claims?

Legal update: Enhanced redundancy payments may be an implied contractual entitlement

Whistleblowing - if we value bravery we must pay

Casual workers - the key legal issues

Internal investigations - moving up the corporate agenda

The latest employment tribunal statistics - a mixed picture

The Bribery Act - one year on

QPR's story highlights the instability of employment in professional football

Should legal representation be permitted in disciplinary hearings?

Commerzbank’s bonus litigation – an exceptional case or one to watch?

Age Discrimination & the DRA - Employers have only four weeks to issue retirement notices under current rules

Team moves: Court of Appeal reminds us of the Legal Risks

Will Andy Gray sue Sky?

Which way now for family friendly employment rights?

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