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Schofield Sweeney

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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.

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Public sector > Education

Schofield Sweeneyoffers 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.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

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.