Partner and Head of the Employment Team
I provide advice to businesses and organisations on the whole range of employment law issues. I have a particular expertise in dealing with employment issues arising from corporate transactions and in/outsourcing, discrimination issues and employment tribunal claims. I lead the firm’s workshop and in-house training programme. I am also Head of the firm's Education Sector team.
I began my working life as a school teacher until 1995 when I qualified as a barrister, conducting cases in courts and tribunals throughout the country, including the High Court and Court of Appeal. In 2000 I joined a firm of solicitors in Surrey before joining Rawlison Butler LLP in 2002. I am one of the few solicitors in the UK with higher rights of audience.
I am on the Committee for the IBA Discrimination Law Committee and a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.
I have written extensively on employment law. I speak at conferences on employment law issues throughout the UK, for example at the CIPD national conference (2009) and internationally, notably Delhi (2010), Madrid (2009), Berlin (2009), Buenos Aires (2008) and Singapore (2007).
What others say about me
Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2010 states “Clients enthuse that he is incredibly aware of our business needs and provides excellent pragmatic and commercially aware advice.”
In my spare time …
I work as a taxi driver for the children!
What I said when I was asked …
How do you contribute to our Corporate Social Responsibility
I am part of a group of runners that raise money each year for charity by gaining sponsorship to such events as the London Marathon and Great South Run. I am also a school governor and a Corporation Member at Central Sussex College.
What has been you most memorable or challenging deal/case?
There are many but those where I have conducted the case before the Tribunal for clients have been most rewarding, particularly the cross examination!
What is your strongest characteristic - how your colleagues describe you?
Being an ex-teacher, I think it has to be the ability to explain difficult concepts in a way which can be easily understood.
What do you do to get yourself thinking creatively?
The drive home in the car is where I often have the best and most creative ideas! Sadly I have to remember them as the M23 isn’t the best place to make a note.