Leeds, United Kingdom
I am an experienced, highly skilled, and practical employment lawyer, with considerable experience in defending discrimination claims. I work for a number of public and private sector clients and have a particular focus on the education sector.
I enjoy strategic project work, including collective redundancy exercises and restructures. I regularly advise on the employment implications of TUPE transfers, and am an experienced advocate and regularly represent clients in the employment tribunal and the EAT.
I am regularly invited to speak on employment law by the White Paper Company – who describe me as “a go-to lawyer who is highly proficient at handling complicated employment claims. I am a responsive and practical, solution-focused, full of ideas and a superb speaker and communicator.” I am listed as a recommended employment lawyer by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.
I work for a number of public and private sector clients and have a particular focus on the education sector.
I have significant experience in defending discrimination claims. I also enjoy strategic project work including collective redundancy exercises and restructures. I have advised on a number of restructures following TUPE transfers (and enjoy a reputation as something of a TUPE geek!).
I have successfully defended a number of clients in reported (appeal) cases including Echendu v Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc (UKEATPA/1675/07) and Ali-Balogun v NSL on time limits in the EAT, Singh v DHL Services Limited on the burden of proof, The Manchester College v Cocliff (UKEAT/0035/10) the first reported appellate case on the Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002 and The Prison Officers Association v Gough ＆ Cox (UKEAT/0405/09) on whether an employee can have two employers. I successfully defended The Manchester College in the heavily publicised (see Google!) Tribunal claim brought by X-Factor contestant Faye Bray and defended Thornton Grammar School through to the Court of Appeal in John-Charles v Thornton Grammar School & Others (A2/2010/0009).
I have an enviable record in both the Employment Tribunal and the EAT and some of my (very kind) clients have commented that I deliver “accurate, thorough and practical” advice and display “professionalism, dedication and a passion for delivering customer needs”.
I was recommended by Chambers & Partners in their 2014 and 2015 guides. I am also recommended by Legal 500.
1999 - 2010
Master of Law
1995 - 1998
Law LLB (Hons) Law
Paul was instructed by an Islamic girls school. The school had a policy of not employing male teachers on the grounds of the girls’ religious beliefs. This long standing policy was challenged by the DfE (who threatened to withdraw all funding to the school). Paul (working with a leading QC) successfully challenged the DfE’s position. The policy continues at the school.
Paul advised a leading aviation business on a claim made by the UK’s largest Trade Union on behalf of 400 of its members relating to collective consultation on a TUPE transfer. Paul was able to not only defeat the claim (worth potentially in excess of £400,000, if proven) but also to secure a costs award against the Trade Union on behalf of his client.
Paul was the lead employment partner working with a leading PE firm in its purchase of 23 IFA businesses. Paul lead on all employment law and HR issues. Ultimately the deals brought together assets of over £3.5bn.
Paul was instructed by the headteacher and senior leaders of a large Bradford secondary school. They were concerned with regard to the actions of a large group of governors, including the chair of governors – who had begun to attend the school and take extremely damaging actions in relation to a number of members of staff and costing significant amounts of school funds. Paul worked alongside the leadership team, advising on the most appropriate course of action to protect the staff and students of the school before an interim executive board could be put in place to replace the governing body.
Paul represented a large transport company in its pay negotiations with a large group of staff. The trade union organised strike action over the pay award offered. Paul worked with the client on a hearts and minds exercise with the staff – demonstrating the fairness of its proposals and the uncommercial and damaging nature of the union’s approach. Paul also advised over strike tactics, that prevented any diminution to the service provided by the client to its customers (airlines) and their passengers. Ultimately, the previous pay award was accepted by the union on behalf of its members without further action.
Paul represented the largest FE college in Europe on a claim brought by an X Factor contestant, after she was dismissed on the instruction of the governor of the prison where she worked. The claimant alleged unfair dismissal and sex discrimination against the college. Paul helped to manage the legal issues, the practical aspects of the defence, significant press interest and the ongoing relationship with the prison. Ultimately all claims against the college were dismissed.