Joint Head of Chambers – Call 1978
Nigel came to the Bar in September 2011 after having practiced for over 20 years as a solicitor specialising in employment law in one of Devon and Cornwall’s largest firms of solicitors. Before moving to the South West, he had re-qualified as a solicitor while at Simmons & Simmons in the City of London and before that had worked as the Assistant Editor of the IDS Brief on Employment Law.
He is Head of the Magdalen Employment team. Nigel is ranked in Chambers and Partners 2019 for Employment Law. Described at “He’s a very experienced in employment and he’s a good technical lawyer.”
Nigel advises and acts for both Claimants and Respondents in Employment Tribunal cases nationally and in other employment-related litigation. He also appears in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
Nigel has acted for local authorities, international and national companies, schools, charities professional service providers and SME’s in all aspects of unfair dismissal, sex race disability and age discrimination redundancy and contractual claims (including senior executive terminations.)
Nigel has extensive experience of advising on TUPE in business acquisitions and on collective issues including recognition, industrial action, time off and the Information and Consultation Regulations. He also deals with shareholder and partnership disputes and restrictive covenants and fiduciary duties in an employment context.
Nigel speaks frequently at seminars and training events, recent examples of which include North East Somerset Local Government (Agency Worker Regulations) and Cornwall Council (Equal Pay and Age Discrimination).
Current interesting cases include:
- An unfair dismissal and race discrimination case against a worldwide, American based, financial institution for a UK employee who worked out of Bangalore;
- An age discrimination, unfair discrimination and breach of contract case arising out of an accelerated redundancy to avoid the prospective liability for a very generous NHS early retirement package;
- An unfair dismissal and age discrimination claim after an enforced retirmend with the express intention of refreshing the workforce and acquiring up-to-date skills and experiece with a replacement;
- A case of breach of the right to be represented where the chosen companion had been banned (because of previous misconduct) from the employer’s premises.
- Charles Robertson (Developments) Ltd v White  ICR 349
- Cornwall County Care ltd v Brightman (at first instance)  ICR 529
- Richmond v Devon Doctors on Call  All ER (D) 379