Liam has specialised in employment law since 2009. Before joining Fenners he spent over four years working at a specialist employment law consultancy, undertaking advocacy, litigation, and advisory work in a broad range of employment disputes, on behalf of both employers and employees. He has appeared in the Employment Appeal Tribunal on many occasions times.
Areas of practice
Unfair and wrongful dismissal, including constructive dismissal and ‘automatically unfair’ dismissals
Discrimination claims, whether direct, indirect, victimisation, harassment, etc – covering sex, race, disability, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, etc
TUPE, including disputes about whether there has been a transfer, s. 4(9) quasi-constructive-dismissal claims, and claims by one employer against another in respect of employee liability information.
Protected disclosure (‘whistleblowing’) claims.
Disputes concerning employee status.
Wages and breach of contract claims; holiday pay claims, including claims for accrued holiday pay following HMRC v Stringer
Liam accepts instructions directly from members of the public, as well as from solicitors.
Fox v Ocean City Recruitment Ltd  All ER (D) 108 (Aug): Successful appeal to the EAT concerning, inter alia, vicarious liability for sexual harassment, and the statutory defence afforded by s. 41 of the Sex Discrimination Act.
Defending a four-day unfair dismissal and race discrimination claim, brought by the former manager of the UK branch of an international accountancy business. The race discrimination claim was dismissed and while the unfair dismissal claim was conceded (the Claimant having been dismissed by e-mail, with no disciplinary procedure being followed), no compensation was awarded, as the tribunal made a 100% Polkey reduction.
Appearing for the Claimant in an unfair dismissal and sex discrimination claim brought by a security guard who had been dismissed for allegedly sleeping on the job. All claims succeeded, and substantial compensation, including 2.5 years’ lost earnings, was awarded.
Acting against a prominent sports governing body, in a constructive unfair dismissal claim. After Liam’s client won at the liability hearing, the case was settled for a significant sum.
Representing the Claimant in a whistleblowing dismissal claim which was extensively reported in the national and regional press (for example, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and The Daily Mail).
Acting at a pre-hearing review, concerning issue estoppel and Henderson v Henderson abuse of process, on behalf of a nurse who was bringing race discrimination and victimisation claims against an NHS trust.