Senior Associate Solicitor
I take a pragmatic approach to settlement agreements and understand that every person has different aims and requirements.
The Times: Lawyer of the week: Will Burrows
Email: [email protected]
Main areas of practice: Employment Law Settlement agreement negotiations Discrimination Claims Unfair/Constructive Dissmissal TUPE Redundancy
SRA ID: 516708
Ashley v City Holdings plc  All ER (D) 204. – Race discrimination case in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
Virgin Media Limited v Seddington and Anor  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  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  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  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  IRLR 790. – High profile age discrimination case involving hundreds of police officers and millions of pounds in damages.
- LHS Solicitors: Partner and Head of Employment Law. 2011 – 2015
- Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors: Head of Employment Law. 2007 – 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clear and professional advice
I am very happy to recommend Monaco Solicitors, and in particular Will Burrows, for providing very clear, frank and professional advice which proved to be very helpful in achieving an improved outcome.
Doubled my payout
My solicitor Will was helpful and straightforward to deal with. He provided clear advice and responded to my calls and emails promptly. He helped me to secure a favourable pay out from my employer through several rounds of patient negotiation. In the end my final pay out was twice what had originally been offered. Highly recommended.
They were quick and efficient. Excellent outcome. Will was amazing keeping me reassured and my feet on the ground for what was, for me, a terrifying experience. He was recommended to me by another lawyer because of a conflict of interest and I am delighted.
Increased my settlement figure
A better outcome than I was expecting. On the whole, I thought I would sign the settlement agreement which my employer drew up. Will Burrows managed to increase my settlement by 10 days pay after reading a clause in my employment contract. When my employer was becoming more hard line in rejecting our requests, Will called me up giving support when I needed it. Would recommend this specialist law firm which represents employees!