I have over 20 years’ experience as an employment lawyer, having held a number of senior roles with solicitors’ firms in the West Midlands.
I have extensive experience of conducting complex workplace investigations, including those involving fraud, discrimination and whistleblowing.
With particular experience of working for organisations within the health, education and charitable sectors I regularly advise on large scale reorganisations, redundancy consultations and change management programmes.
I sit on a number of Regulatory Tribunals as a legally qualified panel member.
I am also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Throughout my career as a lawyer I have been involved in serving my local community for wider public benefit - for example, I was a trustee of both Sandwell and Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureaux and was co-Chair of Governors of a Primary School in Dudley.
In recognition of my work with Birmingham CAB I was voted Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year by Birmingham Law Society in 2012. A former Race Director of the Walsall Run, I was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Walsall in recognition of my service.
I am proud to be a director of Black Country Chamber of Commerce and a Member of Unity Multi Academy Trust.
These are the values that shape my legal practice and the services that I deliver to clients.
I aim to provide prompt, straightforward and clear advice that is focussed on the outcome you want.
"Simon has an ability for turning down the heat and helping others focus on what is really important. He has a clear and observable set of values and behaviours and always helps to guide the board into making the ethically and morally correct decision"
Bankie Williams MA, MBA
Black Country Chamber of Commerce & Industry
CLARITY OF COMMUNICATION
"always excels in meetings and exceeds client expectations"
"provides very strong support and quick responses"
Alycidon Capital Limited have worked with Simon for a number of years and during this time Simon has provided us with practical and timely advice on all aspects of Employment Law.
We like the fact that, while Simon will work with us to find solutions to our issues, he is also willing to make it clear to us when we are wrong and the consequential risks.
This balanced approach to the issues we present to Simon is at the heart of the quality advice he provides.
Chairman and Group Chief Executive, Alycidon Capital Limited
I am delighted to say that the Charity Commission have confirmed that they will be taking no further action.
Thank you for your detailed and comprehensive investigation report, which made all the difference!
Chief Executive, National Charity
Simon has the ability to remain calm and focussed when perhaps the circumstances are more frenetic. He has an ability to translate and communicate day to day detail in to the bigger picture and in a way that shows no bias or favour.
Simon raises challenges in a way that is collaborative and collegiate and has on more than one occasion skilfully pointed out to me when I am not correct on matters of fact. Simon has a knack for ensuring that we keep our eyes, as much as we can, focussed on the horizon. I value his input immensely and regard myself very fortunate to have him serve on my board during my tenure.
Bankie Williams MA, MBA
Chairman, Black Country Chamber of Commerce & Industry
We’ve relied upon Simon’s expert advice for more than 12 years. Throughout our significant business and head count growth, he’s been right alongside us. His flexibility, accessibility, knowledge and friendly approach have been invaluable to us over the years.
Director, Caters News Agency Ltd
Simon's skills and expertise are second to none. He has a friendly and pragmatic approach, giving options which enables decisions to be made having considered the benefits and risks associated.
I would recommend his services without a doubt.
Chief Executive, Unity Multi Academy Trust
Simon - your investigation report was fantastic.
This has been a longstanding and bitter dispute and you were able to cut through to the key issues. The report was produced very efficiently and sets out in tremendous detail your findings and recommendations. Thanks once again!
Head of HR Operations, NHS Trust
Simon has helped me with a number of issues that have arisen over the past. He has protected me and saved me a great deal of money. His responsiveness put my mind at ease and I would recommend Simon without a doubt!