With an expert knowledge of employment law and employment tribunal rules of procedure, Simon’s caseload includes tribunal claims for unfair dismissal and discrimination as well as cases pertaining to wages, such as equal pay and holiday pay claims.
Utilising more than a decade of experience as a solicitor representing individuals and large multi-claimant groups, Simon also advises on the terms and effects of settlement agreements and provides training to trade unions on employment law and the Thompsons’ legal services available to them.
In addition, Simon coordinates in-house legal update sessions for Thompsons’ employment law teams throughout the North East region.
Simon enjoys working at Thompsons because it gives him the opportunity to work with like-minded trade unions and colleagues to get justice for clients.
Outside of work, Simon helps to organise a local agricultural and livestock show and raises poultry and waterfowl on the family small holding.
SIMON’S CASE EXPERIENCE
Unfair dismissal claim: Simon’s client was summarily dismissed for sending an abusive text to his manager the day before he was to be considered for voluntary redundancy. A tribunal found that the employer did not follow its written disciplinary policy and there was no separate investigation. The judge also concluded it was outside the band of reasonable responses to dismiss given the claimant’s long service and clean disciplinary record. Simon secured £11,000 in compensation for his client.
Detriment claim: Simon represented a woman who was given a written warning for poor attendance after she took time off work to look after her daughter, despite following her employer’s absence procedure and gaining authorisation from her superiors. A tribunal found the written warning was a detriment to her prospects for promotion because it would remain on her personnel file. The employer was ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation to Simon’s client.
Simon’s former client said: “Excellent service. I was treated with the utmost respect at all times. Never dealt with anything like this before, but I felt at ease with Simon and felt like he fully understood the nature of my situation and dealt with it accordingly. So thank you all who were involved in my case, you come highly recommended from me.”
A UNISON trade union official said: “Thanks for the surgery, Simon– as usual the feedback was positive and delegates found it useful. We do appreciate the time you put into it.”