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Schofield Sweeney

76 WELLINGTON STREET, LEEDS, LS1 2AY, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0113 220 6270
Fax:
Fax 0113 243 9326
DX:
26409 LEEDS PARK SQUARE
Email:
Web:
www.schofieldsweeney.co.uk

Simon Shepherd

Tel:
Work 0113 220 6274
Email:
Schofield Sweeney

Work Department

Employment.

Position

Simon undertakes all types of employment law work, primarily acting for employer clients, including several PLC clients. He advises of disciplinary and grievance matters, TUPE consultation procedures and on complex restructuring and redundancy issues. Simon conducts his own advocacy in the Employment Tribunals and he has successfully represented clients in proceedings involving unfair dismissal, sex, race, age and disability discrimination. On several occasions, Simon has been successful in obtaining costs awards against the Claimant.

Simon has a particular specialism in the education sector and he acts for more than 70 community schools, academies and independent schools, advising not only on employment issues (which has included advising on the dismissal of several Headteachers) but also on more specific education matters such as admissions, exclusions and parental complaints. Simon has also defended academy clients against claims of disability discrimination in the SEN Tribunal.

Career

Trained Jordans, Dewsbury, qualified 1998; partner Schofield Sweeney Solicitors 2005.

Member

Employment Lawyers Association.

Education

Hall Cross Comprehensive, Doncaster; Sheffield Hallam University (1994 LLB (Hons)); Nottingham Law School (1995 PG Dip in law); Leicester University (part-time) (2000 LLM).

Leisure

Badminton, swimming and reading.


Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Within: Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

The employment team at Schofield Sweeney advises on a wide range of issues including acting for individuals and organisations in Employment Tribunal cases related to grievances, restructurings or redundancies. The firm has a particularly focus on the education sector, having defended schools and academies, and has experience of trade union negotiations, while also acting for clients in the healthcare sector. The team is headed up by the 'extremely knowledgeable' Simon Shepherd.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Education

Within: Education

Schofield Sweeney acts for schools and academies nationally and utilises its cross-departmental approach to handle employment, property, finance, governance and academy conversion issues. The team also counts headteachers, business managers and governors as clients. Practice leader Andrew Hurst has experience handling conversions and specialised funding and development schemes, and assisting multi-academy trusts and umbrella trusts. Simon Shepherd is the key contact for employment work.

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