Having graduated in psychology before embarking on a career in law, Julian considers workplace problems from an alternative perspective. He is praised for his down to earth attitude, commercialism and approachability. He is able to explain complex legal problems in straightforward language.
Julian has close to 15 years’ experience as an employment lawyer and within that time has developed a broad specialism in non-contentious employment issues as well as contentious issues in the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Having trained with Speechly Bircham, Julian spent 5 years practicing at Davenport Lyons before setting up a niche employment law practice, Synergy Employment Law Solicitors. Julian joined JD Law in April 2012 as a Partner to head up and develop JD Law’s employment law practice area.
In recent years, Julian has built a strong reputation and has been involved in a number of important and high profile cases that have been reported in leading law journals. These have included that of a reservist who had been called up to serve during the Kosovo campaign and whose claim was the first of its kind to be heard by a Reinstatement Committee in over 50 years. Other reported cases in the High Court include CMS Dolphin Limited -v- Simonet which concerned the extent of a director’s fiduciary duties in exploiting maturing business interests in the absence of express restrictive covenants and confidentiality provisions and Rutherford -v- Seymour Pierce Limited which related to an employee’s eligibility for bonus. Julian also has extensive experience in advising on applications for injunctive relief in the High Court as well as resisting such applications. These have commonly related to the enforcement of restrictive covenants but have also included successful applications to freeze assets and search premises in order to recover assets that have been misappropriated by employees or former employees.
Julian is also an established speaker and trainer. He runs training workshops regularly and speaks at seminars on all areas of employment law both to clients and to external organisations such as CIPD and Jordan Publishing. He is praised for his ability to communicate complex issues to non-lawyers in a way that is easy to understand, in an engaging, entertaining and interesting style.
Julian is a rare breed in that he supports Manchester United having been born and brought up in Manchester. Julian plays the tambourine poorly and enjoys nothing more than being handed a list of things to do by his wonderful wife after a hard day’s work!