Employment and Equalities
Tom enjoys a predominantly Respondent-focussed practice but has wide experience of representing both individuals and employers in the tribunal. His first involvement with employment law was on a pro-bono basis whilst still a first-six pupil in 2010 and since that time he has built a busy advocacy and advisory practice. Tom has appeared in tribunals throughout the country as well as at the EAT. Tom is experienced in the full range of tribunal matters including unfair dismissal, TUPE, whistleblowing, discrimination and wages claims.
Recently Tom has developed an interest in pregnancy and maternity discrimination claims. He is well placed to advise on matters under the Equality Act and MPL Regulations.
Tom has acted as junior counsel for a local authority on a complex unfair dismissal / redundancy claim that ran for four weeks. During this case Tom drafted submissions to the EAT on a point of law (appeal on refusal to grant adjournment mid-trial) as well as contributing to oral submissions at the eventual conclusion of the case. A point of particular interest to arise at trial was the status of a previous compromise agreement that had been signed with the intention of preventing future litigation.
Tom’s insolvency practice dovetails neatly with employment work and he is able to offer sound commercial advice to parties in circumstances where insolvency of the Respondent is an issue. Tom also appears in matters where Claimant’s seek declarations against the Secretary of State for failure to make payment of statutory redundancy payments and related applications.
Notable recent cases:
- Crystal Electronics Ltd v Purcell UKEAT/0221/14/JOJ (success at the EAT on a point concerning the sufficiency of Polkey evidence and tribunal directions thereon)
- Mrs R v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Andrews Angel Solicitors Ltd (successful declaration sought against BIS for statutory redundancy pay)
- L v WJ Daniel Co Ltd (Dispute as to whether ACAS conciliation certificate could cover matters occurring post-certification – appeal abandoned due to settlement)
- B v An NHS Trust & Others (Employment status case concerning an employment agency and an umbrella company)