Brian is the unit manager of Thompsons Solicitors’ busy employment rights team, based in London.
Responsible for the management and supervision of a team of 13 employment rights lawyers and support staff, Brian has specialised in employment law since 2000, successfully acting for trade unions and their members. As a unit manager, Brian has financial management responsibility and works with key stakeholders, such as trade unions, to constantly improve and deliver a quality service with the best possible legal advice.
One of Brian’s specialisms is issues arising out of the TUPE regulations (Transfer of Undertaking Protection of Employment Regulations), discrimination and collective bargaining agreements. With a vast deal of experience of employment tribunals processes and procedures, Brian makes sure that clients feel calm and comfortable throughout the whole case.
As a result of his expertise, Brian is called upon to give talks and lectures on employment law to clients, both at events organised by Thompsons and by client trade unions. Additionally, Brian writes articles and commentary on employment law for Thompsons’ own publications, including Labour and European Law Review.
Brian values the opportunity that working at Thompsons gives him to work alongside like-minded colleagues, using the law to protect and further the rights and interests of working people. Achieving a successful conclusion for a client, whose rights have been infringed, and helping to maintain and further the importance and influence of the trade union movement, is what makes the job incredibly rewarding for Brian.
BRIAN’S CASE EXPERIENCE
Employment law claim: RMT members, Mr. L Doyne and Mr. C Travers, were successful in their employment tribunal claims for automatic unfair dismissal (whistleblowing), breach of contract and wrongful dismissal against London General Transport Services Limited.
They were both long-serving bus drivers, summarily dismissed for allegedly bringing the company into disrepute. They and two other colleagues gave evidence, in support of a former colleague and bus driver, who was standing trial for reckless driving, about brake faults in the new Routemaster bus at the Bexley Magistrates’ Court. The company claimed that the evidence the clients gave in court could not be substantiated. The employment tribunal disagreed and held that Doyne and Travers had previously disclosed issues with the braking system on the bus. The employment tribunal accepted that this was in the public interest and that it was reasonable to have referred to this in the Magistrates’ Court. As such, it found that their dismissals were unfair and they were awarded compensation for their losses.
Employment law claim: In a multi-claimant action, Batchelor and others claimed breach of contract against Damovo UK Ltd. The London South employment tribunal agreed 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.
Disability discrimination claim: In Mr. Siggins’ disability discrimination claim, the Ashford employment tribunal decided 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.
Brian is a member of the Industrial Law Society.
Diib Jama, Thompsons’ Employment Rights (disability discrimination) client, said: “I cannot thank you enough for all the support and advice that you have given to me. You have always been realistic and had a balanced view of everything you have done for me. When I was frustrated about the whole process you always maintained calm and remained professional. I really appreciate all your help and I am grateful to have you as my solicitor.”
RMT legal officer, Karen Mitchell, Thompsons’ employment rights client, said: “Well done this is an important victory for us in the Legal Team.”
Chambers said: "Thompsons has a knack of getting on particularly well with clients and managing their expectations."
Chambers said: "Thompsons fields a top-notch trade union practice.”
Legal 500 said: "Thompsons has a strong hold on trade union instructions, delivering strategic employment law advice to Unison, Unite and the RMT.”