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Addleshaw Goddard

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David has specialised in employment law for more than 17 years and is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in this field. He is also a solicitor advocate with extended rights of audience in the Court of Session and Supreme Court. David practices in all areas of employment law, including conducting appearances in the Employment Tribunal and EAT throughout the United Kingdom. David predominantly advises employers, dealing with the full range of employment law issues including unfair dismissal, discrimination, TUPE, senior executive exits and redundancy, and has many years’ experience advising on employment law issues in the oil and gas industry in particular.

David works across our offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. David has a particular interest in workplace mediation and is a certified mediator. He has undertaken mediation in commercial and employment law disputes and has also conducted judicial mediation in the Employment Tribunal. Having a particular interest in training and development, David was senior tutor in employment law at Aberdeen University in the post graduate Diploma in legal practice from 2013 – 2017 and undertakes many training courses for clients on all aspects of employment law, HR practice and procedure, mediation skills and management skills.


Qualified 1992; head of employment law HBJ Gateley Wareing (Scotland) (2000-08); Partner McClure Naismith 2008 – 2009; Partner Clyde & Co (formerly Simpson & Marwick) 2009 – 2016; Partner Addleshaw Goddard LLP 2017 to date.

Accredited specialist in employment law by the Law Society of Scotland;

Solicitor Advocate 2012.

Certified mediator.


Employment Law Group; Employment Lawyers Association; Law Society of Scotland.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Employment > Employment

Embedded in the firm’s UK-wide offering, Addleshaw Goddard is well placed to handle cross-border mandates spanning business restructurings and reorganisations, HR, industrial relations and litigation. Providing TUPE advice and defending clients in employment tribunal proceedings constitute particular areas of strength with the latter typically involving various discrimination and unfair dismissal claims. Solicitor advocate and team head David Hughes is a key contact for employment tribunal advocacy, while also handling non-contentious matters.