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I have particular expertise in employment status and, in 2018, I worked on two high profile pieces of employment status litigation, both of which received significant media coverage.

My experience of employment tax allows me to work collaboratively with my tax colleagues to provide a joined-up approach to employment status issues.

I have appeared as an advocate in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in two reported cases about TUPE, Tapere v South London & Maudsley NHS Trust [2009] IRLR 972, concerning healthcare, and Abellio London v Musse [2012] IRLR 360, concerning the tendering of contracts for bus services.

I have successfully defended numerous employers in the financial, retail and healthcare sectors against claims of unfair dismissal or discrimination following termination for misconduct. These cases require a detailed understanding of the day-to-day operations of the businesses, including cash handling and other security procedures, and policies around patient safety.

I have often advised where employees have been subject to disciplinary action and there are overlapping regulatory considerations, such as when there has been a serious breach of financial services regulation or the Ofcom Broadcasting Code, or a striking off from a medical register.

I have also helped several clients to investigate serious allegations of sexual harassment.

I have given advice on the overlap between employment law and tax law, particularly in relation to the forthcoming introduction of IR35 into the private sector, to clients in the pharmaceutical, technology and media sectors. I have also advised clients in the rail industry about the effect of TUPE on collective agreements.

I am also a member of Fieldfisher's specialist IR35 team.

In my spare time, I follow most sports, especially football, cycling, athletics, tennis, and the Olympic Games. I also enjoy quizzes and playing card games, from poker to bridge.


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