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Alan is a Partner in our Employment team, based in Manchester. With nearly twenty years’ experience in the employment sector, he is renowned among clients for his dedicated approach and attention to detail. He mainly advises employers and his clients range from small SMEs to larger companies with thousands of employees.
Alan advises employers on how best to streamline management of staff and resources to reduce the time spent on areas adding little value to the business. He also assists directors and other senior executives in drawing up contracts with their employing company, or negotiating an exit deal if they are looking to move elsewhere.
Alan is also a Local Education Authority Governor of The Elton High School.
"Alan is one of the most caring and intelligent Solicitors I have ever had the pleasure to meet. As a fellow solicitor I am proud to say that I look up to Alan as a shining example of best practice within the profession." – Peer testimonial
"His caring yet forensically detailed approach put me at ease, and ensured that I achieved the best possible result." – Client testimonial
"He comes up with unique, creative solutions that you cannot find in a text book or from your average solicitor off the street. He is able to do this because of his ability to truly understand the needs of his clients and due to outstanding level of care that he delivers." – Client testimonial
"The disappointment expressed by the GMB here is understandable but Uber were always going to appeal this decision, not least because financially, the implications for its wider UK workforce are significant. If they have to pay holiday and National Minimum Wage costs for their 40,000 UK drivers, their profits will take a hit.
"The tribunal judgment examined the two leading decisions - one involving a caddie working on a golf course who was self-employed and one involving a lap dancer who was also considered to be self-employed. Uber relied on these cases by arguing that it was acting as a 'platform' rather than an employer.
"Uber's argument was undermined by the Tribunal's findings of fact, including the interviewing of drivers by Uber, their control of passengers' key information which is not shared with the driver and the requirement that drivers must accept fares or face a warning and being locked out of the Uber app if too many fares are refused. It is entirely possible, particularly given the amount of money Uber are going to throw at overturning this judgment, for them to raise cogent arguments to support their contention that their drivers are self employed contractors and not workers.
"Although there is a possibility that their appeal will be unsuccessful, the issue of the status of workers engaged in the gig economy is of particular public concern and this case could go all the way to the Supreme Court."
"Even if the appeal is unsuccessful, well advised businesses operating in the gig economy should still be able to engage with individuals on a 'self-employed' basis as the judgment was very fact specific. In addition, the tribunal also expressly highlighted that nothing in its reasoning should be taken as doubting Uber could have devised a business model that did not result in the drivers having worker status."
"The FA’s announcement that Sam Allardyce has left his job as England coach by mutual consent suggests that a settlement deal has been reached with Allardyce leaving in return for a payment.
“After the revelations published yesterday, most people probably thought that the FA had good grounds to instantly dismiss Big Sam without liability, however the FA would have been keen to have avoided a dispute and the bad publicity and costs that would surround it.
“The parties will in all likelihood have entered into confidential settlement arrangements with a view to putting this sorry saga to bed quickly and allowing the focus to be on the national team.”
“Mesothelioma is an extremely aggressive and sadly incurable form of cancer that kills over 2,500 people in the UK every year.
“Many people who worked in the construction trades, plumbers, electricians and plasterers are now paying the price for their employers not doing enough to protect them from asbestos decades ago.
“Peggy has been left distraught following Frank’s death and she wants to understand how and where her husband came into contact with the material that caused him to develop mesothelioma. We would urge any of his former colleagues at the Port of Bristol and local councils in the Bristol area to come forward and provide us with the information we need to get Peggy the answers she deserves.”
“Pete dedicated a great deal of his working life to Bristol City Council as a painter and decorator and he believes he may have come into contact with asbestos between 1967 and 1993.
“Sadly his exposure to asbestos has left him suffering with mesothelioma, a very aggressive and incurable disease, which has already begun to impact his daily life and will continue to do so as it develops in the future.
“We hope his former colleagues in the Area 7 gang, or anyone who remembers Pete at Bristol City Council, will come forward with the crucial information we need to find out how and where he was exposed to the hazardous dust and fibres that have caused his mesothelioma.”
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