Simon Shepherd > Schofield Sweeney > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile
Schofield Sweeney Offices
76 WELLINGTON STREET
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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.
Trained Jordans, Dewsbury, qualified 1998; partner Schofield Sweeney Solicitors 2005.
Employment Lawyers Association.
Hall Cross Comprehensive, Doncaster; Sheffield Hallam University (1994 LLB (Hons)); Nottingham Law School (1995 PG Dip in law); Leicester University (part-time) (2000 LLM).
Badminton, swimming and reading.
Schofield Sweeney ‘offers valuable advice across a range of specialist areas‘ and the team is noted for covering a variety of concerns for local education clients, such as construction documentation, data protection work, employment law, contractual disputes and governance issues. Group head Andrew Hurst has a strong track record in academy conversions, and the formation of free schools and schools redevelopment projects, while Simon Shepherd is an employment law specialist.
Schofield Sweeney‘s employment practice has a strong focus on the education sector, acting for a large number of schools and academies across the country. Practice head Simon Shepherd regularly appears before employment tribunals, handling cases involving discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal, while associate Annie Gray has experience defending SEN and disability tribunal claims. Alex Clements left the firm in September 2021 to join Bexley Beaumont.
- Education - Yorkshire and the Humber > Public sector
- Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - Yorkshire and the Humber > Employment
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Private client > Charities and not-for-profit
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
- Public sector > Education
- Real estate > Environment
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Real estate > Planning
- Real estate > Social housing
- Finance > Banking and finance
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
- Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
- Projects, energy and natural resources (including PFI) > Infrastructure and energy
- Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery
- Real estate > Property litigation
- Real estate > Construction
- Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms