Michael is an experienced Partner who provides pragmatic, commercial and results-driven advice to a wide range of local and national clients on the whole spectrum of human resources and employment law.
At all times he works in partnership with his HR and senior management client teams. He is a 'go-to' trusted adviser throughout the East Midlands, and nationally, and gets the job done, whether strategic or otherwise. He has significant experience in advising various sector clients in respect of complex and sensitive senior exits, all disciplinary, grievance and dismissal matters, complex redundancies and restructures, absence and performance issues, whistleblowing and HR related data protection (including data subject access requests). He also drafts a wide range of employment related documentation, including comprehensive contracts of employment, director’s service agreements, self-employed consultancy agreements for the gig-economy, and detailed settlement agreements.
Michael also has a particular interest in defending Employment Tribunal claims of all types and managing client relationships for varying size employers. He has received continued instruction from a client within the tyre and vehicle service industry for in excess of 13 years.
Work of note includes:
- the successful defence in the Employment Tribunal to a complaint of unfair dismissal brought against a client in the service industry (Michael conducts his own advocacy in the Employment Tribunal and has successfully represented a number of clients at Preliminary Hearings and full Tribunal Hearings);
- the beneficial conclusion to lengthy settlement negotiations on behalf of a client who was defending claims of automatic unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and breach of contract;
- the successful conclusion and defence to claims of race discrimination and breaches of the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 following a multi-day hearing;
- dealing with litigation within both the Employment Tribunal and the High Court in response to claims of constructive unfair dismissal and breaches of post termination restrictions.
Michael qualified as a Solicitor in September 2006 and joined Shoosmiths in May 2013.
Michael also chairs the firm's LGBT+ Staff Network, which launched in February 2019.