A tribunal advocate through and through, Paul has over 20 years’ experience representing employers and employees in Employment Tribunals across the UK. A veteran of many appeal cases in the EAT and above, Paul is considered a ‘safe pair of hands’ for the most complex and high value tribunal claims. Paul’s expertise has been independently acknowledged by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners respectively, having been regularly recommended over the years.
Paul’s client base is broad and varied, reflecting his all-round strength as a tribunal advocate. He regularly represents Respondent clients of all sizes, from small businesses to public authorities, NHS Health Trusts and major plcs. Paul also represents individual claimants. His particular understanding of the manufacturing, local government and health sectors also sets him apart. Paul deals with a wide and broad range of employment law issues including unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, TUPE, collective consultation and all strands of unlawful discrimination at work.
Paul also brings a rare and rounded insight from both working in-house and in industry to his clients. Formerly the In-house Counsel for Make UK (which represents UK manufacturers), and also formerly an employed barrister with (now) global law firm Squire Patton Boggs, Paul will detect the issues that might impact a claim or appeal at an early stage, as well as engage effectively with the most complex of issues. Clients commend Paul’s approachable style. Whether in picking up the phone for a quick second opinion or to vet a new claim, Paul understands the importance of building long-lasting relationships based on trust and clear communication.
With strong respondent clientele and a complementary, regular range of Claimant work, Paul’s contentious experience in the tribunals and appellate courts over more than 20 years truly sets him apart. A skilled veteran of many reported appeal cases, not to mention hundreds, if not thousands, of Tribunal claims, Paul is a firm believer in the principle of practicing only in your areas of core strength. Paul’s experience rivals his fellow leading tribunal advocates nationally – a feature independently acknowledged by directories over several years.
A sample of Paul’s relevant and leading experience in those claims and appeals includes:
- Jolly v Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (2019) Reading ET – elderly claimant – interaction of age and disability discrimination.
- com v Mr J Denby  IRLR 417 (EAT) – Section 137 TULR(C)A 1992 – scope of provision making it unlawful to refuse employment on the grounds of previous trade union activities.
- S Raj v Capita Business Services (2018) Leeds ET – sexual harassment – conduct not related to sex.
- M Ali v Capita Customer Management (2017) Leeds ET – direct sex discrimination/failure to pay a male carer the same as a female on maternity leave.
- Graham v Agilitas IT Solutions Ltd  UKEAT 0212_17_1210 Section 110A ERA 1996 – protected conversations, waiver of privilege.
- Outasight V.B. Ltd v Brown  ICR D11 (EAT) – reconsideration of ET decision under rule 70 of ET rules. Effect of change of rules compared to previous rule 34(3).
- Palmer v Royal Bank of Scotland  ICR 188 (EAT) – age discrimination: voluntary early retirement, effect of Equality Act (Age Exceptions for Pension Schemes) Order 2010.
- Keith Mason v Huddersfield Giants  EWHC 2869(QB) – wrongful dismissal: misuse of social media and repudiatory breach of contract.
- Thomas Cook Airline Services Ltd v Wolstenholme (as personal representative of Wolstenholme)  All ER (D) 35 (Mar), EAT withdrawal of claim and dismissal of application for order for dismissal. Issue estoppel. Effect of dismissal of application on Respondent’s position in new proceedings in High Court.
- Capita Hartshead v Byard  IRLR 814 (EAT) – guidelines on the choice of pool for redundancy.
- Barlow v Stone  IRLR 98 (EAT) – whether an employee can be liable in a stand-alone claim for victimisation.
- Kirklees Metropolitan Council v Radecki  IRLR 555, (Court of Appeal) – meaning of “effective date of termination” under Employment Rights Act 1996.
- Giannelli v Edmund Bell & Co Ltd  All ER (D) 29 (Sep), (EAT) whether a commercial agent can be a “worker”.
Paul has considerable experience in dealing with employment law disputes when they move into the civil courts and in particular wrongful dismissal claims and applications for injunctive relief to enforce post-termination restrictive covenants.
In addition, he has the unusual “niche” experience of dealing with disputes involving Commercial Agents and with the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 – including the quantification of compensation under the regulations.
Working with Paul
Paul’s vast experience in the tribunals has influenced his style and approach as an advocate. He appreciates the fundamental importance in considering the human side of an issue or set of proceedings. He balances this against a robust, assertive and principled approach in which he is not afraid to fight for a client’s interests to the last point, without fear or favour.
Clients regularly remark on Paul’s honest, calm and measured appraisal of the issues and wider approach to dispute resolution. His incisive style cuts through the issues in even the most complex and factually dense cases.
A truly focused employment tribunal and appeals specialist, Paul’s understanding of employment law and procedure ensures that tribunal litigation in which he is involved will proceed on a sure footing. He regularly delivers training, seminars and conference sessions on tribunal/ appeals practice and procedure.
Appointments and Memberships
Employment Law Bar Association
Employment Lawyers’ Association
Industrial Law Society