Background

Bernie is the trade unions’ go-to expert in employment rights and trade union law at Thompsons Solicitors’ North West offices, covering Liverpool and Manchester

Bernie is also a partner and manages the North West's Employment Rights Unit in their Manchester and Liverpool offices.

For more than 20 years, Bernie has used his skills and expertise valiantly to challenge improper employment practices and take on companies or organisations abusing trade union rights. Bernie has dealt with virtually every type of employment tribunal case, from disability discrimination to unfair dismissal. Clients discriminated against or treated unfairly because of their trade union activities have found in Bernie a supportive and effective champion.  

Bernie has considerable experience in dealing with multi-claimant actions, and is frequently called upon to pursue employers who ignore their statutory obligations to consult with the trade unions. 

As well as organising, allocating and overseeing all of Thompsons Solicitors’ North West employment tribunal cases, Bernie conducts those that are the most complex and politically significant. These include up to the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords. His powers of analysis and decisive judgement make Bernie a most formidable advocate for Thompsons Solicitors’ trade union clients.  

Bernie believes Thompsons Solicitors is the UK’s leading trade union law firm because since its foundation it has championed trade unionists and trade union rights - it has never, and never will, act on behalf of employers. 

When he is not defending workers’ rights, Bernie unwinds by cycling.  Cycling over the Atlas Mountains from Marrakesh to Taroudant in Morocco was a great adventure, matched only by a charity ride from London to Paris.  Bernie also used to play table tennis and was twice Cheshire county men’s champion in the 1990s. 

 

Bernie's case experience

  • Secured compensation for pension loss for transferred employees who had been unfairly dismissed in connection with the transfer of undertakings (TUPE) in BT plc v Adamson & ors.
  •  Won the case of a claimant who had suffered a detriment for taking part in trade union activities in University of Bolton v Corrigan.

 

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