With 24 years' solid experience in handling employment law cases, Roger now supervises a team of eight lawyers, working exclusively on behalf of trade unions and their members. Cases range from unfair dismissal, discrimination and wages recovery to redundancy, trade union activities, contracts and, in particular, collective bargaining issues.
Apart from running his own caseload, Roger is responsible for the day to day case management of the work of his employment rights team. Dedicated to furthering the rights of workers and trade unions, Roger ensures that his team is effective and efficient, delivering the best possible outcome in good time.
With the teams handling around 500 employment law cases each year, Roger has built up an excellent relationship with the trade unions. Specialising in discrimination work and collective issues, Roger advises the unions on all aspects of employment law. Roger has primary responsibility for Unite's employment rights issues and has been involved in several landmark cases, including to the Court of Appeal.
Roger lectures at trade union events and writes articles and commentary on employment law issues for external publications. Internally, he writes for Thompsons' publications such as the Labour and European Law Review.
Roger reinforces at every step Thompsons' ethos of representing the interests of those who are most disadvantaged. Thompsons is unlike other firms, in that it only acts for individual workers and trade unions to protect and broaden rights, rather than act for corporate clients wanting to restrict rights.
Roger likes to spend his spare time with his children and enjoys sport, music and reading.
ROGER'S CASE EXPERIENCE
Employment law claim: Roger successfully secured a European Union Court of Justice ruling that employers must consult with unions once a strategic decision is made about collective redundancies by a body that controls the employer (in this case, the US army). It was linked to issues about the extent to which a sovereign state could be subject to the jurisdiction of the UK courts.
Roger is a member of the Employment Law Association.
Jennie Formby, Unite South East regional secretary, on behalf of union steward Kevin Whiteley at BAE systems, a Thompsons' employment law client, said: "I agree it was definitely worthwhile taking up the case and, Roger, thanks for the fantastic work you've put in and the support you have given to Kevin throughout. We may not have won, but it has sent a strong message to the company that we will always support our elected representatives, and that's important."