Simon is an experienced employment specialist who works with both the private and public sector in relation to contentious and non-contentious work.  He provides advice to a number of large commercial clients, many of whom are household names, on all aspects of employment law. 

Simon has many years of experience working with private and public sector clients and is the main contact for employment work with a local university and many well established organisations in the retail and manufacturing sectors.  Simon is the lead employment contact for a number of our automotive clients and is frequently referred to by these clients as the "go to" individual when drafting and negotiating their contractual TUPE provisions.

Through his solution based approach, Simon has achieved great success in bringing an end to claims which have little or no merit through a range of measures including an agreement to review a contentious policy, appropriate use of cost warnings and firm negotiation techniques. Simon is renowned for delivering advice in a straightforward and easy to understand manner and his down to earth approach puts clients and witnesses at ease.

His recent work includes:

  • overseeing the multi million pound acquisition of a bolt-on business to an existing client, including negotiating the employment clauses and new service agreements for the retained management.
  • acting as independent appeal chair with delegated responsibility to a disciplinary process which had seen a director/shareholder and manager dismissed from the business.  Simon conducted interviews with all relevant witnesses and considered a significant volume of evidence before preparing a detailed outcome report.
  • defending proceedings brought by Claimant alleging employment with various companies he alleges to be connected respondents in the hope of establishing continuity of employment for unfair dismissal (and connected civil) claims.
  • continuing to assist various household names in the retail sector in connection with the ongoing issues flowing from the coronavirus job-retention scheme;
  • assisting a number of private sector organisations with multi-level redundancy and restructuring processes;
  • pre-contract negotiations to TUPE (transfer of undertakings) clauses; and
  • support to the corporate team with M&A work.

Simon writes and provides training sessions for clients on a range of subjects and is a regular speaker at Shoosmiths' national employment seminars.

Having qualified as a solicitor in 2002, Simon joined Shoosmiths in 2007, was promoted to Associate in May 2010, Senior Associate in May 2013 and Partner in May 2020.

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