Mike is a Partner in the Employment team.

Mike advises employers on UK employment law, with an emphasis on the defence of Employment Tribunal claims brought by trade unions and former employees. He assists with the enforcement of restrictive covenants following the departure of senior personnel, securing injunctions to prevent competitive activities or the use of commercially sensitive information and issuing High Court proceedings to recover damages.

Mike also advises on TUPE in the context of business mergers and acquisitions and on collective consultation issues arising as part of a planned redundancy programme or changes to employees’ terms and conditions.

Mike supports senior executives in the negotiation of business exit arrangements, including advising on the terms of severance packages and the relaxation of post-termination restrictions.

Mike clients include Dunelm, the Camping and Caravan Club, Wesleyan Assurance Society and Everards Brewery.

Recent examples of how Mike has supported clients include:

  • securing the mediated settlement of court proceedings on behalf of an employer accused of benefiting from confidential information supplied by a new employee in breach of a restrictive covenant with their former employer;
  • a restructuring programme of a business which involved collective consultation with staff;
  • successfully defending a school in employment tribunal proceedings brought against them by a teaching union following their decision to move employees to a performance related pay scheme; and
  • advising a senior executive in the retail sector on the terms of a multi-million pound severance package and negotiating post-termination covenants.