Will Burrows

Notable cases:

Ashley v City Holdings plc [2008] All ER (D) 204. – Race discrimination case in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Virgin Media Limited v Seddington and Anor [2009] All ER (D) 23. – Unfair dismissal and redundancy case in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal representing two high-earning employees against a large multinational organisation.

Ankers and others v Clearsprings Management and 6 others [2009] All ER (D) 261. – A leading TUPE case on fragmentation of contracts post TUPE.

Police Superintendents Association of England and Wales and others v Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police [2013] EWHC 2173 (Admin). – The judicial review of the lawfulness of a chief constable forcing police officers to retire.

The Queen on the Application of AB v A Chief Constable and AB v A Chief Constable [2014] EWHC 1965 (QB). – Leading case on references and reference policies involving an employer altering an agreed reference after resignation.

Chief Constable of West Midlands Police & Others v Harrod and others [2015] IRLR 790. – High profile age discrimination case involving hundreds of police officers and millions of pounds in damages.

Career History:

  • LHS Solicitors: Partner and Head of Employment Law. 2011 – 2015
  • Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors: Head of Employment Law. 2007 – 2011

Lawyer’s Biography:

I have practised employment law exclusively for over a decade and am able to draw upon my extensive experience to negotiate the best possible settlement for employees who find themselves confronted with the prospect of parting company with their employer. I have advised a wide-range of individuals in relation to their rights, including:

Members of Parliament

I have advised senior Members of Parliament in relation to extremely serious issues that were featured in the media for many months.

Senior and Chief Police Officers

I am the employment and equalities adviser to top-ranking police officers and regularly advise and act in litigation in the Employment Tribunal and the High Court for both police officers and their staff associations – the Police Superintendents’ Association and the Chief Police Officers’ Staff Association. I have advised chief constables, deputy chief constables, assistant chief constables, chief superintendents and superintendents from almost all forces in England and Wales as well as the Civil Nuclear Constabulary and the British Transport Police. I am often called upon to draft lengthy advice on matters of national importance. I was the primary adviser in the recent cases in the courts and stories in the media in relation to payments and benefits received by chief police officers. I litigated many cases for chief police officers and superintendents in both the Employment Tribunal and High Court, including cases of discrimination and challenges to government regulations.

Media Professionals

I advised many senior journalists and police officers both during and after the extensive and extremely high profile police investigations into alleged payments made to public officials by journalists of the Sun and News of the World (known as Operation Elveden and Operation Weeting).

White – Collar Professionals

I represent many City lawyers, architects, accountants and IT professionals. I have litigated many cases on behalf of white – collar professionals in the Employment Tribunal and on appeal, for example Virgin Media v Seddington.

Sports Professionals

I have acted for many sports professionals and officials, mostly in an advisory capacity and in negotiations.

I have also advised large international companies such as Thomas Sabo, Mansion Group and Unifrax as well as local authorities, which I believe lends a useful perspective when negotiating with HR Departments, in-house counsel and solicitors representing employers.

Settlement Agreements and Negotiations

I take a pragmatic approach to settlement agreements and understand that every person has different aims and requirements when leaving employment and that achieving those aims allows employees to take the next positive step forward with their careers and their lives. I believe in working collaboratively with HR Departments wherever possible; however, I am not one to back down from a fight and will use all my experience and knowledge to ensure that the final offer is one that is right for my clients. I have achieved hundreds of settlements for employees, including those involving hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation and have advised in negotiations and mediations resulting in individual settlements of over a million pounds.

Litigation

I believe that these days litigation should be the last resort, especially given the cost of court fees. However I have enormous experience in litigating cases in both the Employment Tribunal and the High Court and have acted in some of the leading cases on discrimination, references and redundancy.

I have particular expertise in advising on discrimination claims, unfair (and constructive) dismissal, TUPE, redundancy (including collective redundancy), references and the viability and enforceability of post-termination restrictions, duties and obligations.

Personal

I attended the University of Manchester where I studied history before then studying law and taking by bar exams. I won the prize for advocacy in my graduating year. Thereafter I went into practice in a solicitors’ office and have been practising as a solicitor having cross-qualified from the bar. I was appointed Head of Employment Law at 26 years old in charge of a department of five solicitors and made a partner at 33.

Testimonials

It has been a real pleasure

I have been dealing with Will Burrows and I can honestly say that, for a time in your life which is pretty stressful and where you could flounder, it has been a real pleasure. I would have no hesitation in recommending your company to others.

Ian K.

I trust them

I dealt with Will Burrows during the latter stages of my employment. Will is an easy person to talk with is trustworthy, and explains everything effectively and thoroughly. If I was in a similar situation again I would just go to Monacos and let them sort it out for me. I trust them.

Jeremy

Encouraging Advice

This firm was brilliant from the moment I contacted them through to the final negotiation of a settlement agreement after an horrendous and potentially career-threatening situation had developed at my workplace. The advice I received was encouraging and realistic, and the experience of the solicitor involved was very re-assuring, professional and thorough. I would recommend this firm to anyone facing difficulties at work without hesitation. Fantastic protection and support and money well spent.

Chris H.

Great legal advice and service

At a very difficult time for me, I received extremely helpful and sympathetic assistance from Monaco Solicitors. I would definitely recommend them if you have any issues with your employer which require legal assistance.

Amanda H.

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