About Simon

Simon has advised employers on the full range of employment and industrial relations issues (both contentious and non-contentious) in both the UK and in Australia. He also has considerable experience co-ordinating large cross-border employment projects and advising on the employment aspects of local and multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Prior to joining Maddocks, Simon trained, qualified and practiced at Allen & Overy in London. He is qualified in England & Wales and was admitted in 2014. He relocated to Australia in 2018. Simon has enjoyed full-time secondments with HSBC’s Employment Legal team in London and, more recently, with Optus in Sydney, working as an Employee Relations Consultant within their HR Team.

Simon is qualified in England & Wales, not qualified in Australia.

Experience

  • Adverse action, discrimination and unfair dismissal

    Advised various clients in defending adverse action, discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.

  • Employment law

    Routinely advised clients on obligations under employment, and employment-related, legislation (including advising on the compliance of full suite of HR policies and procedures with relevant legislation and also experienced in data protection / privacy legislation and compliance).

  • Complex contractural issues

    In-depth experience advising a range of clients in the private sector on complex contractual issues, including providing advice on the enforceability of restrictive covenants and the strategic and practical steps towards ensuring the protection of valuable business interests.

  • Employer obligations

    Provides commercially astute advice on employer obligations on corporate sales and transfer of businesses, including carrying out due diligence, drafting employment provisions of principal transaction documents and practical implementation processes (including information and consultation exercises).

  • Variable pay and termination payments

    Specialises in advising clients in a range of sectors in relation to variable pay and the intersection of the Corporations Act restriction on termination payments and benefits within the context of sophisticated commercial transactions/instruments.

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