Alex is a Partner in the Employment Team, acting for both employers and employees. He specialises in all areas of contentious employment law, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing and breach of contract, and has experience of dealing with claims brought in the courts as well as in the Employment Tribunal. He also represents clients involved in discrimination claims outside of the employment field.
Alex also deals with non contentious matters including advising clients on the handling of large scale redundancies and the employment aspects of business transfers. He has extensive experience in the negotiation of compromise agreements. He also advises on the drafting of employment contracts and employment policies.
Examples of matters in which Alex has acted include the following:
- An Employment Appeal Tribunal action relating to the extent of the 'without prejudice' rule in discrimination proceedings.
- A complex unfair dismissal claim involving the consideration of equity awards with rules stated to be governed by foreign law.
- A whistleblowing and race, age and sex discrimination claim brought by a senior academic against a university.
- A landmark Court of Appeal action which extended the protection afforded to whistleblowers to include those who are victimised after their employment has ended.
- A sex discrimination and constructive dismissal claim brought by a recruitment consultant. The case received significant press attention, largely due to the fact that some of the allegations related to the entertaining of a client at a lap dancing club.
- A claim brought by a banker who alleges that her former employer victimised her by sabotaging her attempts to gain employment in the City.
- Employment Appeal Tribunal proceedings which changed the law relating to the time at which an appeal sent by fax is regarded as having been received.
- A race discrimination claim brought against a regulatory body in connection with its regulatory functions.
- Disciplinary proceedings brought against the Chief Executive of a property company in connection with complex allegations of breaches of fiduciary duties.
- A claim of disability discrimination brought by a student against a regulatory body.
- A whistleblowing and unfair dismissal claim brought by a Health and Safety Director of a large property management plc.
As a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, Alex has been involved in consultation on new employment legislation, making contributions on proposed changes to maternity and paternity rights and statutory dispute resolution procedures.
Alex studied at Manchester University and trained at a large national law firm. He joined Russell-Cooke in 2000 and became a Partner in 2007.