Employment and Equalities
Tom enjoys a predominantly respondent-focused 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. He 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 is able to offer sound commercial advice to parties in circumstances where insolvency of the Respondent is an issue in employment proceedings. 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.
Tom enjoys an insolvency practice that dovetails neatly with his employment work and is experienced in dealing with such matters in the County and High Court. He has experience of both pursuing and resisting statutory demands, bankruptcy petitions, charging orders and winding up petitions. Regularly Tom is instructed to advise upon and appear in applications to set aside orders, demands and petitions.
Tom regularly delivers employment law lectures and seminars to insurers and instructing solicitors.
- 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 A Retailer (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)
- L v A College (unfair dismissal and pregnancy discrimination resulting in award of £30,000 in compensation)
- S v An Agency (claim for disability and sex discrimination, failure to make reasonable adjustments and whistleblowing)
- S v A Firm (TUPE unfair dismissal / redundancy claim involving a well-known solicitors firm)
- K v A Retailer (national minimum wage claim)
- H v A Practice (sex, disability and constructive unfair dismissal claim against a GP surgery)