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Anderson Strathern

1 RUTLAND COURT, EDINBURGH, EH3 8EY, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 0131 270 7700
Fax:
Fax 0131 270 7788
DX:
ED3 EDINBURGH-1
Email:
Web:
www.andersonstrathern.co.uk
Edinburgh, Glasgow, Haddington

Alun Thomas

Tel:
Work 0131 625 7245
Email:
Anderson Strathern

Work Department

Employment.

Position

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.

Career

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

Languages

Some Italian and French.

Member

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

Education

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

Leisure

Walking, reading, music.


Scotland: Human resources

Employment

Within: Leading individuals

Alun Thomas - Anderson Strathern

Within: Employment

Anderson Strathern’s practice has a particularly strong profile advising public and education sector clients, although commercial clients, trade unions and senior executives also instruct the team on contentious and non-contentious matters, including disciplinary proceedings. Barry Nichol defended the University of Stirling against a protective award complaint brought by the University and College Union pertaining to fixed term contract employees, whose contracts were not renewed. Andrew Brown assisted the Scottish Ambulance Service with on-call working and travel time issues for paramedics and technicians in remote and rural areas in Scotland, including handling several employment tribunal proceedings. Brown, Chris McDowall and Paul Brown advised five further education colleges on industrial action matters. Alun Thomas heads the team. Special counsel Rhona Wark moved to BTO Solicitors LLP.

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Scotland: Public sector

Education

Within: Education

Anderson Strathern has a strong client base consisting of higher, further and secondary education institutions, which the team frequently advises on regulatory, governance and construction matters, and IP and IT licensing issues. In an example of its ability to handle complex employment litigation, Barry Nichol defended the University of Stirling in a protective award complaint brought by an academic trade union pertaining to fixed-term contract employees whose contracts were not renewed. The team, led by Alun Thomas, also advised five further education colleges on contentious and non-contentious industrial action matters. Other clients include the University of St Andrews, Glasgow Caledonian University, Fife College and the University of the West of Scotland.

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