Employment law specialist Neil is based at Thompsons Solicitors’ Newcastle office and covers cases across the north east of England. 

Neil has been a solicitor for more than a decade, dealing with industrial disease litigation, contractual issues and other employment law matters.

Utilising an extensive knowledge base and a range of skills, Neil supervises both the North East region’s Employment Rights Team and the Equal Pay Team, which handles mass equal pay litigation against a number of local authorities in the north of England.

Additionally, Neil is the main point of contact for a telephone advice line that provides legal advice on employment law to trade union officials. Neil also issues advice to self-employed commercial agents regarding disputes with their principals.

Everyday Neil deals with employment law matters on both an individual and collective basis and has a particular interest in cases pertaining to TUPE regulations. As well as contributing to the Labour and European Law Review, Neil delivers training to trade union representatives on employment law issues.

For Neil, working with trade unions on behalf of members who have been poorly treated in the workplace and trying to resolve the employment issues of those members industrially, though negotiation, litigation or a combination of all three, is the best part of the job.

Neil is proud of Thompsons’ commitment to campaigning for working people’s rights and the firm’s involvement in a number of claims that that have contributed significantly to the development of laws supporting those who have been mistreated or injured at work.

Outside of work, Neil’s main interests are photography, football and going to the cinema.

NEIL’S CASE EXPERIENCE

TUPE claim: Cable Realisations v GMB Northern [2009] All ER (D) 179 – an EAT decision regarding the requirement to provide TUPE information long enough before a transfer to enable voluntary consultation to take place with appropriate representatives.

Discriminatory dismissal and redundancy claim: Redcar And Cleveland Primary Care Trust v Lonsdale [2013] All ER (D) 34  - A claim regarding reasonable adjustments in a redundancy situation and discriminatory dismissals as a consequence of a failure to make adjustments.

Redundancy payment claim: Allen and others v TRW Systems Ltd - [2013] All ER (D) 59 – a case dealing with the contractual nature of an enhanced redundancy payment.