Thomas Wood

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 2017

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Tom qualified as a solicitor in 2008.  He has specialised in employment and discrimination law since that time and is an experienced employment tribunal advocate. Tom is undertaking a period of pupillage and will be able to accept instructions to act from 11 July 2018. In pupillage, he is under the supervision of Jason Searle.

Expertise

  • Employment

    Tom is an employment law specialist acting for both claimants and respondents equally. He has a particular interest in TUPE and discrimination claims, including whistleblowing claims, although he is very experienced in all areas of employment law.  Throughout his career, Tom has been instructed to act and advise both for and against some of the largest organisations in the country, often in complex or high-value claims and across a variety of sectors with emphasis on the commercial sector.

    Tom regularly appears in the employment tribunals and has experience in the Employment Appeal Tribunal where he undertakes written work and advocacy.

    Recent experience

    • Acted for leisure centre in defending breastfeeding discrimination in which summary judgment was awarded in favour of the defendant. The claim was reported in the Daily Mail after it had been issued.
    • Successfully represented a multi-academy trust in an unfair dismissal claim whose final hearing took place over six days.
    • Represented a housing association in its successful defence, after a five-day final hearing, of unfair dismissal, disability and age discrimination claims.
    • Represented both a local authority and national charity in a two-day preliminary hearing concerned with the application of TUPE to two claimants. The tribunal agreed that TUPE did not apply.
    • Represented respondent fast-food outlet in four-day whistleblowing (health and safety) detriment and constructive dismissal claim and acted in claimant’s subsequent appeal to the EAT.
    • Conducted appeal to the EAT on behalf of a claimant in relation to the application of ss.114 and 117 Employment Rights Act 1996 where former employer required repayment of balance of ex gratia sum on reinstatement.
    • Represented claimant in four-day trial claiming whistleblowing relating to presence of cocaine on children’s nursery premises. The case was covered by the Manchester Evening News.
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  • Property and Private Client

    Tom uses his experience in discrimination claims to undertake civil disputes in the County and High Court where the Equality Act is engaged. He advises and represents individuals, businesses and social housing providers to bring or defend claims for discrimination.

    Tom applies his commercial experience to a range of disputes. He accepts instructions in relation to breach of contract, sale of goods, supply of services, consumer rights, and negligence.

    As well as handling equality and discrimination matters in the social housing sector, Tom acts more widely for social housing providers in matters relating to leasehold, housing management and possession proceedings, social housing fraud (misrepresentation, sub-letting, and non-occupation), disrepair, and anti-social behaviour.

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