Neil is a senior case handler at Thompsons' Trade Union Law Group, based in the Manchester office.

Neil specialises in advising trade unions on industrial action and collective rights issues. He also runs a case load of general employment matters.


Neil has been involved in a number of landmark cases and has pursued appeals on behalf of clients up to and including the European Court of Human Rights.

RMT v UK [ongoing] - application to the European Court of Human Rights that UK industrial action legislation fails to comply with article 11 (the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of association with others) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Balfour Beatty Engineering Services v Unite the Union [2012] - High Court decision refusing the employer's application for an injunction to stop industrial action by Unite the Union.

Sodexo Remote Sites v Unite the Union & RMT
[2012] - Court of Session decision refusing an employer's attempt to injunct industrial action.

Tube Lines Ltd v RMT [2010] – High Court decision refusing the employer’s attempt to injunct RMT industrial action after a ballot.


Neil regularly gives talk and lectures on employment law to clients both at events organised by Thompsons and at external organisations such as the Institute of Employment Rights.

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

Neil has also worked with the TUC on a project assisting the Sierra Leone Trade Union Congress, which worked alongside its own government, in seeking to implement appropriate employment law legislation.

Professional Membership

Neil is a member of the Institute of Employment Rights.


Neil trained at Hammonds (now Squire Sanders) and joined Thompsons on qualification in September 2004. .

Recommendations for the Thompsons employment rights team

Chambers: "Thompsons has a knack of getting on particularly well with clients and managing their expectations."

Chambers: "Thompsons fields a top-notch trade union practice".

Legal 500: "Thompsons has a strong hold on trade union instructions, delivering strategic employment law advice to Unison, Unite, the GMB and the RMT".