John is a Senior Associate in the Employment team.

Providing employment law advice, predominantly to employers who require help with contracts of employment and service agreements, handling grievances and disciplinary matters, implementing large-scale redundancy programmes, handling the TUPE transfer of staff, compromising claims of unfair dismissal, discrimination and unlawful deduction from wages and defending proceedings brought in the employment tribunal.  He also offers employers HR support in the form of strategic counselling and guidance.

Working for employers of all shapes and sizes in a broad-range of sectors.  His clients include national retailer, Dunelm, and the UK’s leading supplier of industrial tools and equipment, Cromwell Tools.

Experienced in advising schools and academies, having spent the past decade working closely with private and publicly funded providers of education to children up to the age of 18.  He advises schools on staffing issues, admission and exclusion policies, special educational needs provision, making reasonable adjustments for children with a disability, safeguarding concerns, complaints from parents and the defence of legal proceedings.

John also provides support to employees who need help resolving a dispute with their employer, whether through a settlement agreement or tribunal proceedings, or who have been advised to speak to a lawyer about a TUPE transfer or a proposed change to their working conditions or terms of employment.

Recent examples of how John has supported clients include:

  • successfully defending an employer against allegations of disability discrimination and unfair dismissal in a heavily contested trial before the employment tribunal lasting 20 days;
  • supporting an organisation in the successful merger of two audit teams following the TUPE transfer of one team from another business under an outsourcing arrangement;
  • guiding a local authority through the process of amending their schools’ admission policy to remove automatic entitlement to a place for pupils when moving into a catchment area; and
  • successfully defending a school in the first tier tribunal against allegations of disability discrimination arising from their decision to exclude a pupil with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).