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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Geoffrey Mead

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Eversheds Sutherland

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Brexit and the legal implications for businessesGeoffrey is an employment law Partner, and heads the Employment/Education team in London and the South East.

He advises a wide range of Colleges and Universities, as well as sector bodies and other education related institutions.

His recent experience includes:

  • advising on the merger of two further education colleges, including advising on changing terms and conditions of employment following the transfer. 
  • advising on all of the employment implications of the closure of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) in 2013, including issues relating to collective redundancy consultation, TUPE transfers, relocation and the calculation of enhanced redundancy payments. 
  • providing training to several hundred staff at a university in London on their responsibilities regarding discrimination and equal opportunities. 
  • advising a college on the introduction of new terms and conditions of employment for all lecturing staff, including devising a strategy of dismissal and offering of new contracts of employment, which was achieved in such a way that no claims were brought against the College. 
  • drafting detailed guidance for the Association of Colleges on the TUPE Regulations 2014 which was published for the entire FE sector.  
  • successfully appealing to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in a case where a College client had initially been found liable for discrimination and unfair dismissal. 
  • acting for a college in respect of the removal of the Principal, against whom allegations of impropriety had been made. Responding to concerns raised by the Skills Funding Agency as regards termination arrangements. 
  • acting for a University in handling a sensitive race discrimination claim by a senior professor, successfully defending it as a 7 day tribunal hearing in November 2013.

Geoffrey has written a range of articles on employment law, and is the co author of two books on the subject. He speaks regularly at conferences including ones organised by the Association of Colleges, the University and Colleges Employers Association and also presents at Eversheds' conferences for education sector clients. He was chair of the Industrial Law Society, the longest established organisation for employment lawyers and industry relations specialists.


Geoffrey is one of our specialist Brexit lawyers. Contact Geoffrey Mead for more information on the impact Brexit may have for Employment law issues. View our Brexit hub for our full range of Brexit resources.

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East Anglia: Human resources


Within: Employment

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is ‘excellent all round; the team can turn work around at very short notice and provide specific resolutions to complex problems'. The practice is 'very detail-oriented, very careful, always available and able to give appropriate advice'. The Cambridge office is a key part of the firm-wide human resources practice group and handles a high volume of international employment matters. Its expertise includes specialist knowledge of sectors such as education, financial services, pharmaceuticals and transport and among its clients are Queen Mary University of London and Roche Products Limited. It handles advisory work and litigation including complex Employment Tribunal cases and numerous whistleblowing claims involving financial institutions. The firm is currently assisting technology business ARM with global employment issues, which include the operation of an international employment helpline and UK gender pay gap reporting. Simon Tytherleigh is senior partner of the Cambridge office and an experienced tribunal advocate, and he leads the employment practice. Elizabeth Graves is a leading light in cross-border employment matters and clients describe her as ‘an exceptional lawyer – dependable and commercial with high emotional intelligence and good regulatory insight‘. Constanze Moorhouse leads the firm's international employment counsel team. Clients also recommend partners Matthew Kelly and Geoffrey Mead for their work in the education sector, as well as principal associate Rachel Bennett and associate Ivan Moriarty in a practice that 'provides tailored, insightful advice that moves issues forward in a constructive way'. Senior associate Sasha Willmott also garners praise for her work in life sciences, not-for-profit and education sectors. Owen Warnock retired from the firm.

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East Anglia: Public sector


Within: Education

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 'response times are always very good, and the advice is pragmatic and current, reflecting experience in the FE and HE sector'. Head of the firm's international education and corporate governance practice Glynne Stanfield, who splits his time between London and Cambridge, draws on his experience of corporate and commercial law to support clients in the sector and is a recognised leader in the field of education mergers. He acted for Capella Education Company in the sale of Arden University. He also assisted US-listed De Vry Inc. with the move of 1000 staff and students from their campus in St Maarten, which was affected by hurricane Irma, to a temporary campus at the University of Central Lancashire. This matter involved complex HR, student issues and immigration issues. Matthew Kelly and Geoffrey Mead are key partners in the firm's education employment practice. Kelly recently acted for Tresham College of Further and Higher Education in its merger with Bedford College, while Mead supported Cambridge Regional College in its merger with Huntingdon Regional College to create a new FE institution.

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