Employment & Equality

Alasdair has extensive experience of acting for both Claimants and Respondents in a wide variety of employment and discrimination matters.

His recent cases have involved issues as diverse as rolled-up holiday pay, whistleblowing, TUPE compliance, the definition of ’employee’, redundancy/restructuring and constructive dismissal. He is instructed in complex discrimination claims and has particular experience in dealing with workplace problems arising in the education and healthcare sectors.

Selected Cases

  • Griffiths v Great Places Housing Group Ltd. UKEAT/0097/16/BA: Acted for the appellant in an appeal considering whether new evidence would have had an important influence on the outcome of the case.
  • Staph v Norgren Ltd. UKEAT/0211/16/BA: Acted for the appellant in an appeal concerning discriminatory constructive dismissal.
  • Swanbridge Hire and Sales Ltd v Butler & others UKEAT/0056/13/BA: Acted for the Claimant trade union in an appeal concerning the meaning of the “single specific event or task of short-term duration” exception to service provision change TUPE transfers.
  • Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust v Sesay UKEAT/0004/13/MC: Acted for the Claimant successfully resisting the employer’s appeal against the exercise of discretion by an employment judge on time limits, amendment of the claim form and a deposit order application in a complex and lengthy race discrimination and harassment claim.
  • Williams v Ystrad Mynach College [2012] EqLR 89: Acted for a Claimant suffering from hydrocephalus in a successful claim for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.
  • Schafer v Royal Holloway and Bedford New College [2011] EqLR 429: Acted in a three-week equal pay claim for the Claimant, who was a female university professor claiming ‘like work’ with male professors. This was a test case in respect of the issue of ‘like work’ and some elements of the ‘genuine material factor’ defence in the context of higher education.
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