Neil Johnston, Director, Employment and Pensions

Neil Johnston, Director, Employment and Pensions, Fieldfisher

I am a director in the employment and pensions practice with considerable experience of contentious and non-contentious employment matters.

I regularly advise both private and public sector employers and also have experience acting for and advising high net worth individuals.  I have significant litigation expertise, covering unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and all aspects of discrimination law.  I have dealt with a number of complex discrimination claims and have participated in a number of successful mediations.  I also have broad experience advising on outsourcing and TUPE matters and regularly provide advice on: redundancy consultation both collective and individual; managing exits; managing disciplinary and grievance matters; responding to data subject access requests; Equality Act questionnaires and general HR queries.

I regularly advise on matters in the financial services, technology, media and entertainment, police, public sector, sport, energy and transport sectors.

I have written articles for a variety of HR and legal publications such as Personnel Today and the Employment Law Journal and am the updating author for Xpert HR's online chapters on the employment aspects of financial services matters. I have also been quoted in The Independent and been interviewed on TalkSport Radio in relation to several employment related football matters.

I present seminars and workshops on a regular basis as part of the employment and pensions group annual training programme and delivered a series of nationwide seminars on the Agency Workers Regulations 2010.

I am an active member of the City HR Association and was part of the working party working with the Equality and Human Rights Commission on proposals to address the gender pay gap in the City.

I am also an active contributor to Fieldfisher's pro bono programme providing pro bono advice for Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre at the University of London and Pink Law at the University of London.

I am a committed armchair rugby fan, remain an avid fan of the Northern Ireland football team, despite their steady demise, and enjoy the gym, gardening, walking, real ales and the odd malt.