Roger is a senior supervisor in Thompsons' London office, leading a team of eight employment lawyers, acting exclusively for claimants and their unions in southern England. 

The teams handle around 500 employment law cases every year, together with actions on behalf of the major unions themselves. 

Roger advises on just about all employment law issues,but specialises in discrimination work and collective issues. 

Experience

He has been involved in a number of landmark cases and has pursued appeals on behalf of clients up to and including the Court of Appeal. 

USA v Nolan [2012] : The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union has said that employers must consult with unions once a strategic decision is made involving collective redundancies by a body (the US army in this case) that controls the employer. 

 

GMB v Roadchef Motorways Limited [2011] - Successfully defended an appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal against the Tribunal's finding that the union had not been derecognised.

Lyons v Mitie Limited [2010] - A decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal that workers can lose any holiday that they had not taken by the end of a leave year as long as the employer had not imposed the notice provisions in an unreasonable way.

Nolan v United States of America [2010] - The Court of Appeal has referred this case (which will affect the consultation rights of workers across Europe in relation to redundancy) to the European Court of Justice.

Susie Radin Ltd v GMB and ors [2004] - The GMB union applied for a protective award on behalf of their members who were made redundant after the employer closed a factory, but failed to consult with them contrary to section 188 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations Consolidation Act. The Court of Appeal ruled that the purpose of the award was to penalise employers for breaching section188, not to compensate employees for any loss they may have suffered. 

Expertise

He regularly gives lectures on employment law issues to union clients.

He 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

Roger is a member of the Industrial Law Society. 

Background

He worked at the Harehills & Chapeltown law centre for six years before joining Rowley Ashworth in 2000. He became a partner in 2003. 

Following the merger with Thompsons, he was appointed to the position of team manager in March 2010 and became employment rights manager in July 2011.