Employment rights specialist Jamie is based from Thompsons Solicitors’ Manchester office and is responsible for cases within the North West region.
Jamie manages a caseload of complex cases specialising in disability, race and trade union discrimination as well as cases relating to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE).
In addition, Jamie also supervises the cases of other senior lawyers in the Employment Matters Team.
Beginning his career as a volunteer advice worker at a Citizens Advice Bureau in Sheffield, Jamie joined Thompsons in 2000 and qualified as a solicitor in 2004.
Jamie initially provided telephone advice to union members on non-work matters before transferring to work as an executive in the employment rights department in Manchester in November 2001.
As well as providing training for regional and branch union officials on issues relating to employment law, Jamie writes articles and commentary on employment law matters for Thompsons’ own publications, including the Labour and European Law Review.
Jamie is proud of Thompsons’ commitment to representing working people, never bosses or insurers, and the company’s close links with the trade union movement.
Outside of work, Jamie enjoys cycling.
Jamie's Case Experience
Unfair dismissal claim: During a employment tribunal for an unfair dismissal claim, Jamie secured £72,000 for his client, the highest possible amount the tribunal could have awarded in the circumstances. Jamie represented Susan McGuire, who was made a reapply for her job as a marketing officer at Wigan Council during a reorganisation of the department. When her reapplication was unsuccessful, Ms McGuire was made redundant. The employment tribunal ruled Ms McGuire should not have been dismissed because the new position advertised was so similar to her previous role that it did not constitute a true redundancy situation. It also found that the council’s reason for not appointing Ms McGuire was not in keeping with their own policies, which made no mention of a competency bar and, in actual fact, emphasised the importance of retaining employees wherever possible.
TUPE (unfair dismissal) claim: Jamie represented seven Unison members employed as substance misuse practitioners by the Greater Manchester West NHS Foundation Trust. The claim for unfair dismissal concerned a TUPE transfer of an addiction treatment service to Arch Initiates. The tribunal found in the claimant’s favour. An appeal by Arch Initiates to the Employment Appeal Tribunal upheld the judgement and the seven the claimants were each awarded a share of nearly £178,000 in compensation.
Disability discrimination claim: Jamie represented a specialist nurse whose job offer was withdrawn on the basis of a health assessment and the employer’s view that the claimant’s disability restricted her ability to carry out the role. A sum of £50,000 was agreed in settlement by consent.
North West regional legal manager of Unite, Michael Tighe, said: “Thank you for all the work you put into securing today’s judgment. I recall very well how you enjoy getting stuck into cases to right the wrongs where union members are at the hands of exploitive companies. I could also see it in you today.”
Jamie’s former client said: “Outstanding thoroughly professional yet friendly service... Jamie Humphries who dealt with my case was exemplary.”
Another of Jamie’s former clients said: “All aspects of my case were handled promptly and professionally. I felt that Mr Humphries had really taken the time to understand the paperwork and he was supportive and approachable giving time to discuss issues often well outside ‘normal’ office hours.”