Michael-Jon or “MJ”, qualified in 2003 and is an experienced litigator with extensive experience. He has worked for a number of leading firms including international City firms. Although he is an employment law specialist, his litigation expertise is much broader, having begun his career in property and general commercial litigation.
As an employment specialist, MJ represents both company clients and individuals on the full range of employment law issues. The mainstay of his practise is advising SME clients on everything from disciplinary issues often complicated by, for example, the employee’s disability or other protected characteristics, to subject access requests under data protections legislation.
MJ regularly and successfully negotiates on high value and complex senior executive exits for both employers and employees, namely, those involving equity incentives such as share options and U.S. restricted stock units.
He has drafted and advised on the terms of contracts of employment, service agreements and staff handbooks and consultancy agreements for self-employed contractors. MJ also regularly acts in asset sales for SME clients, advising on their TUPE obligations, for example, in relation to staff consultation and assisting in the drafting of indemnities and settlement agreements.
MJ offers clients a seamless ‘one stop shop’ by undertaking all the work including advocacy in Employment Tribunal claims. He also has extensive experience of successfully advising companies and employees on post termination restrictions. For example he was involved in what is still regarded as the leading case on the enforceability of clauses in contracts of employment that prevent former employees from working with a competing business for 12 months after they leave (Thomas v Farr & Ors  EWCA Civ 118). MJ was also instrumental in obtaining for a well known London estate agent, a High Court injunction in relation to 2 former employees that prevented them from misusing a stolen database of landlords to further their own new competing business.
He regularly writes for magazine, newspapers and websites and presents seminars and training courses on topics such as the law related to agency workers, data protection (GDPR) and the transfer of employees upon a business sale (TUPE), to name but a few!