Brian is the unit manager in Thompsons’ employment rights department based in Congress House, London.

He is responsible for the management and supervision of a team of seven lawyers undertaking a full range of employment law cases and advice work on behalf of a number of unions and their members.

As well as managing the team, he has responsibility for his own employment law caseload and has a particular interest in issues arising out of the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations, discrimination and collective issues.

Experience

Brian has been involved in a number of key cases, including:

Batchelor and ors v Damovo UK Ltd [2011] - the London South employment tribunal   decided in this multi-claimant breach of contract claim that the employees were contractually entitled to enhanced redundancy terms as set out in a collective agreement entered into by the employer and the employees’ union.

Siggins v Royal Bank of Scotland t/a Churchill Insurance [2010] - the Ashford employment tribunal decided, in this disability discrimination claim, that the employer should have made a reasonable adjustment by offering a vacant post, which was a suitable alternative to the employee’s substantive role and would have facilitated an earlier return to work from his long term absence due to ill health.

Expertise

Brian gives talks and lectures on employment law to clients both at events organised by Thompsons and by client trade unions.

He writes articles and commentary on employment law matters for Thompsons' own publications including Labour and European Law Review.

Professional membership

He is a member of the Industrial Law Society.

Background

Brian qualified as a solicitor in local government in 2000.

He then worked as an employment lawyer predominantly with the trade union firm, Rowley Ashworth solicitors, until its merger with Thompsons in May 2009.

He has been a team manager since November 2010.

Recommendations for the Thompsons employment rights team

Chambers: "Thompsons has a knack of getting on particularly well with clients and managing their expectations."

Chambers: "Thompsons fields a top-notch trade union practice".

Legal 500: "Thompsons has a strong hold on trade union instructions, delivering strategic employment law advice to Unison, Unite, the GMB and the RMT".