Lee is an associate in the firm's employment team, advising a variety of public and private sector clients on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues. He has a significant amount of experience in defending employment tribunal claims, particularly complex discrimination claims, and has successfully defended claims for whistleblowing, discrimination, victimisation and unfair dismissal, as well as dealing with cases involving issues of worker status and agency. He has also represented clients in appeals to the Employment Appeals Tribunal and conducted employment litigation in the county court.
Lee's non-contentious experience includes supporting clients with complex disciplinary and grievance processes (including undertaking complex and sensitive grievance investigations), reviewing and drafting suites of contracts and policies and providing broader advice on day to day strategic HR matters. He also regularly speaks at events and provides training to clients.
Examples of experience include:
- Advising a non-departmental public body on a complex matter relating to redundancy and the incorporation/amendment of legacy terms following reorganisation and a historic TUPE Transfer. This culminated in Lee's involvement in the successful defence of claims pursued in the county court, in circumstances where a successful challenge would have had significant wider policy implications
- Supporting an international organisation in the defence of a breach of contract and employment claim threatened in the high court, and subsequently receiving instructions to revise relevant areas of the organisation's constitution
- Drafting bespoke employment policies for a range of organisations, from local tech start-ups, to an international services organisation seeking to add to its existing employee reward and recognition package
- Supporting on the preparation of a complex and high-value whistleblowing case
- Acting as the single point of contact for day to day and strategic advice for an independent industry body
- A nine month in-house secondment within a major public sector organisation, during which time Lee advised on matters ranging from the interpretation of capability and sickness absence procedures, to providing a risk assessment of policy options in respect of holiday pay (following a landmark appeal judgment), impacting policy for a major public sector employer.