Richard Santy

Position: Partner
Phone: +(44)(0)121 456 8401
Mobile: +(44)(0)7760 755847
Fax: +(44)(0)121 456 8475
Offices:Birmingham

What can I do for you?

I am a partner in our employment law team, based in our Birmingham and London offices. My focus is on the commercial sector and, while I advise on all aspects of employment law, I have a particular focus on complex litigation. I also sit as a member of the core sports law team. Over the years I have advised a number of high profile corporates including Iron Mountain, Carlsberg, DHL, One Stop Stores and two of the midlands’ biggest football clubs. I have also advised Angel Di Maria on his transfer to Manchester United, Jake Livermore on his FA doping charge and Jonas Gutierrez on his successful disability discrimination claim against Newcastle United F.C. Clients have commented on my “can do” attitude and I like to think that they would say that I am always there to help them regardless of the time of day. Having acted for a number of football clubs and large retailers, it is impossible to know when an issue might crop up. So, often to the annoyance of my wife, I am there for clients whenever they need me.

Supporting my clients’ ambitions

Nothing gives me more satisfaction than achieving a great result for a client. I have supported clients through difficult reorganisations, complex outsourcing exercises and messy litigation. A particular example that springs to mind was helping a major global retailer with a series of connected tribunal claims involving five claimants, eight separate issues and a total of three weeks in front of the judge. While our objective is always to avoid litigation for our clients, sometimes this isn’t possible and we have to put our client’s best case across. To achieve a great result for the client in these circumstances (including a rare costs award), and to see the faces of the witnesses whose actions have been vindicated, still gives an immense sense of satisfaction even when I think back to it now.

What do others say?

Clients have described me as commercial and pragmatic with a “can do” attitude. I have been praised by clients for putting their interests first and fighting their corner while always being conscious of their costs. The guide to the legal profession, Legal 500, described me as being very experienced and the in house counsel at Next commented on how I always deliver commercial advice but seem to be able to do it with a sense of humour!

What else should you know?

A very long time ago I used to be a professional tennis player. I guess this explains my competitive side and my desire to fight for the best outcome for clients. I don’t miss it, however, as I love what I do now.

I take a real interest in the law, sitting on the Birmingham Law Society Employment Committee, regularly contributing to publications and speaking at seminars across the whole country.