I carry out investigations for clients of byrne dean and also do some training.
I spent 20 years working as an employment lawyer – first for Linklaters, representing employers, next for Rowley Ashworth, representing employees and trade unions. Subsequently I set up a niche employment firm with a former colleague acting for both employers and employees.
The attractions of litigation waned after 20 years and now I mix decision making roles (fee-paid Employment Judge, Chair of the Appeals Panel of a large employer, and a Chair of Police Misconduct Panels) with investigative work. However all my work now involves figuring out what has really happened – more interesting than the lawyer’s role of convincing people that it’s your client who is right.
I have seen employment disputes from most perspectives: the employer’s, the employee’s, the decision maker’s. I bring these different perspectives to the investigative work that I carry out. They have also given me a clear understanding of what decision makers are looking for when they review the report produced at the end of an investigation.
- Jesus College, Oxford (BA Hons French & Spanish)
- Leeds Metropolitan University (CPE and Law Society Finals (1st Class Honours)
- 1993 – 1998: Trainee and Solicitor, Linklaters
- 1998 – 2001: Solicitor Rowley Ashworth
- 2001 – 2009: Partner, Rowley Ashworth
- 2009 – 2010: Partner, Thompsons
- 2010 – date: Consultant, part-time Employment Judge, mediator