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Anderson Strathern

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Work 0131 270 7700
Fax 0131 270 7788

Alun Thomas

Work 0131 625 7245
Anderson Strathern

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Partner and employment lawyer; head of education group, mediator; disability discrimination; TUPE, human rights issues; discrimination and transfer cases generally; trade union and collective issues; settlement and compromise agreements; advising both employer and employee on employment strategies; interest in use of technology; lectures and trains on all aspects of employment and discrimination law; keen to explore alternatives to adversarial dispute resolution. Public interest/whistleblower cases; dealing with unrepresented claimants in discrimination cases.


Articled J & F Anderson WS; qualified 1983; partner 1990. Accredited specialist in employment law since 1996; CEDR-accredited mediator 2004; Scottish Mediation Register.


Some Italian and French.


Scottish Discrimination Law Association; Employment Lawyers Association; Scottish Mediation Network; Writer to the Signet; FRSA.


George Heriot School, Edinburgh; Edinburgh University (1980 LLB (Hons)).


Walking, reading, music.

Scotland: Human resources


Within: Leading individuals

Alun Thomas - Anderson Strathern

Within: Employment

The team at Anderson Strathern brings a ‘very positive attitude’ to both contentious and non-contentious employment matters, counting a large number of public sector and higher education bodies as clients. Paul Brown represented the University of Stirling in the defence of a Protective Award complaint brought by an academic trade union in relation to a longstanding dispute around fixed-term contract employees. Chris McDowall advised Teradata UK on the impact of its global workforce optimisation exercise which resulted in a major HR reorganisation. Barry Nichol represents the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service in a number of tribunal cases relating to current and former employees. The practice is led by Alun Thomas who has particular expertise in employment mediation. Mandy Armstrong is also recommended for tribunal advocacy and routinely represents public sector employers.

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Scotland: Public sector


Within: Education

Anderson Strathern's clients include universities, colleges and schools, for which it handles safeguarding, governance and regulatory work, in addition to peripheral matters such as employment, procurement and construction. The group acts as the external solicitors for the General Teaching Council for Scotland, which it advises on the spectrum of regulatory and disciplinary issues. Practice head Alun Thomas has niche expertise in education-related contentious work, particularly in the area of student contract disputes; he is assisting Perth College with a review following a critical tribunal decision relating to an aggrieved former employee. Fiona Killen stands out for having ‘a strong grasp’ of regulatory and legislative detail, as well as in the management of relations between the higher education sector and government, when changes to internal legislation are being considered. Highlights for Catriona Watt included representing two independent schools in relation to allegations of historic abuse being investigated by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. Solicitor advocate Jonathan Guy often represents clients at Additional Support Needs Tribunals (ASNTs) in cases under the Equality Act.

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