Mike represents both Claimants and Respondents in all areas, including unfair dismissal, TUPE, and all forms of discrimination. He regularly appears in Employment Tribunals throughout the country and is developing an appellate practice.
Mike is regularly instructed to provide Advice at a pre-issue stage, and is sought after for his robust, precise advice on which claims should be brought, the basis on which they should be pursued and tactical decisions thereafter.
In Tribunal Counsel is able to effectively guide individual and commercial clients through proceedings, managing expectations and focusing on client care throughout.
His forensic knowledge of the law means his advocacy and cross examinations are pointed and precise, expertly highlighting flaws in evidence and confidently promoting his own arguments clearly to the Tribunal.
Also practicing in Contract and Insolvency Law, Mike brings a thorough knowledge of contractual issues arising in an employment context such as variation, frustration, constructive dismissal, wrongful dismissal and remedies. He is therefore well-suited to litigation where a respondent has ceased trading and the ultimate remedy will fall against the Secretary of State, including on the procedure for obtaining a winding up order.
Lay clients much appreciate Mike’s personable nature and ability to understand their immediate needs, whether guiding them through what can often be an alien process or, providing frank advice in percentages or pounds and pence.
Recent instructions include:
- obtaining judgment following trial on a s.15 discrimination claim, successfully defended in the Employment Appeal Tribunal with ‘excellent skeleton arguments and oral submissions’;
- advising and settling grounds of appeal where the Tribunal rejected the claim for non-compliance with the early conciliation process;
- representing and advising various claimants following the collapse of an at-home care provider, raising issues of how, when, and to which (if any) of the eight Respondents any TUPE transfers occurred, and as to the liability of the Secretary of State in underwriting any claims;
- representing a small charity facing numerous claims of disability discrimination. Careful cross-examination was required to elicit the lack of any link between the Respondent’s conduct and the Claimant’s disability;
- negotiating favourable settlement terms for a former employee of a large multinational company following cross-examination of the Respondent’s key witness. Of particular legal complexity was whether the contract had been affirmed where a settlement agreement was attempted;
- representing a small business facing claims for constructive dismissal and discrimination, all of which were dismissed;
- representing a former health sector employee disputing her contractual duties;
- representing an Academy Trust following dismissal of a senior employee for failings highlighted in an external audit;
- advising a small business as to whether a contract of employment was frustrated by the collapse of an apprenticeship training provider;