As head of employment, partner David Smedley has more than 25 years’ experience in all aspects of employment and industrial relations work. In addition, he deals with a wide range of high-value breach-of-contract and restrictive covenant claims.
With his employment team, he resolves a wide range of contentious issues and is involved in strategic HR planning for clients in a non-contentious context.
Smedley is also part of our education group and deals with all aspects of education law, including admissions and exclusions issues and claims for judicial review. He was one of the few to successfully oppose an appeal against a school’s decision to permanently exclude a pupil.
In a given case, Smedley will generally deal with all advocacy and is well known to ACAS and the employment tribunals. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Industrial Society and regularly contributes to publications, both specialist and general. Guidelines for tribunals to deal with discrimination claims were handed down in Smedley’s case of Netto Foodstores v Blaise Tchoula. He also acted in the recent high-profile status case of Redcats (Brands) v James.
Smedley is head of litigation and dispute resolution and has been a member of the firm’s management board (an elected post) for more than a decade. He is heavily involved in the firm’s Annual Charity Children’s Calendar competition and, together with Ashley Jackson, he judges the entries and hosts the award ceremony for the winning schools.
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