Joel manages an employment rights team in the Leeds office, comprising four solicitors and a paralegal.

He provides advice in all areas of discrimination law and claims relating to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 as well as claims for unfair dismissal.

In addition, he has a particular interest in claims related to trade union detriment; dismissal on trade union grounds; disability discrimination; and redundancy/restructuring exercises.


Joel has been very successful in settling a number of high-value claims including £100,000 for a discrimination claim; and £70,000 for a disability claim against a public body.

He has had involvement in other cases including:

Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust v Foster [2010] - The Employment Appeal Tribunal said that a disabled employee could still succeed in a claim for a failure to undertake reasonable adjustments if they had a prospect of being successful. In this particular case the size and resources of the Trust were significant and meant the employee did not have to show that the reasonable adjustment was certain to be successful.


Joel writes articles and commentary on employment law matters for Thompsons' own publications including Labour and European Law Review, as well as external publications.

Professional membership

Joel is a member of the Industrial Law Society.


Joel has worked for Thompsons since January 2002 firstly as a trainee solicitor and then from 2004 as a solicitor.

He has worked within the employment team since that time and was appointed to the role of team manager in 2008.