Prior to joining Royds Withy King, Mike worked for a large legal expenses insurer in their employment department, where the majority of his work was dealing with a high number of contentious employment disputes. Mike managed cases on both the employee and employer side of the dispute, involving anything from negotiating settlements prior to litigation, all the way to complex multi-day Employment Tribunal hearings involving whistleblowing, TUPE, unfair dismissal and discrimination.
Mike takes pride in advising in a clear and concise manner so that any risks can been identified and understood at an early stage to ensure a matter is dealt with in a pragmatic and cost-effective way.
Mike’s recent work highlights include:
- Advising the senior leadership team of a large college on the process and risks relating to a disciplinary process involving the Deputy Principal, and helping the college achieve its objective of a successfully negotiated termination on favourable terms.
- Managing a highly complex whistleblowing and discrimination claim on behalf of an employer client that involved 30 witnesses and was listed for a 21 day final hearing. During a Preliminary Hearing, the Employment Judge praised the employer for its pragmatic approach to managing an “unwieldy” claim.
- Successfully securing reinstatement and substantial compensation for a young disabled apprentice that had been unfairly dismissed by a large city council. This caused the council to review all of their apprenticeship agreements as Mike highlighted that the type of agreements being used were not actually in line with the relevant legislation.
The Employment Lawyers Association
Outside of work
Outside of work, Mike enjoys running, going to the gym and playing guitar.