Aaron LyonsLegal Director
Aaron has been advising both UK and international clients on contentious and non-contentious areas of UK employment law for over 10 years.
His work spans a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, retail, transport, aerospace and telecommunications.
Aaron has significant experience in advising clients in the defence of Employment Tribunal claims covering a wide range of claims including whistleblowing and discrimination claims. He also regularly provides advice on senior employee/officer exits; employee relations issues including grievance and disciplinary procedures and drafting and advising on the enforceability of restrictive covenants.
Aaron also has a broad range of experience relating to advising client's on TUPE matters and in respect of significant business restructuring projects including guiding clients through individual and collective consultation requirements. He also regularly advises clients on data protection issues including processing and responding to data subject access requests.
Aaron also provides day to day advice to both national and international clients in respect of employment issues on an ad-hoc basis. These issues cover a full range of topics including redundancy, pregnancy and maternity issues, flexible working requests, disciplinary and grievance issues, working time and recruitment issues etc.
- National haulage companies in respect of:
- Both contentious and non-contentious service provision changes in accordance with TUPE legislation;
- in relation to an internal dispute with a Transport Manager relating to a potential whistleblowing claim in 2017. This matter involved taking into consideration the specific legal obligations assigned to this role;
- the successful defence of claims for unfair dismissal following road traffic accidents and or failure to complete vehicle checks; and
- advising on the successful defence of a claim for indirect age discrimination in 2018 relating to the requirement placed on drivers over the age of 65 to renew their driving licence on an annual basis. In this instance, the claim was withdrawn in its entirety on a 'drop hands' basis following without prejudice negotiations.
- Two multinational telecommunications companies in respect of separate matters relating to:
- A claim pursued under multiple heads of claims relating to disability discrimination in 2017. The Claimant estimated his losses at approximately GBP1.5 million following the termination of his employment by reason of redundancy. Following a five day hearing, the Employment Tribunal ruled in our client's favour and dismissed all claims. The Claimant brought an appeal which was out of time. The Employment Appeal Tribunal agreed with our position that the Claimant's appeal should be dismissed on this basis.
- A client in the aerospace sector, defending claims relating to disability discrimination pursued against the client in 2020, where national security was of significant concern. This matter was resolved following a preliminary hearing through the use of strategic without prejudice communications which were also subject to our client's application for its costs.
- A well-known multinational consumer goods company in the defence of claims for disability discrimination under multiple heads of claim in 2020. In this instance, the Claimant is pursuing compensation of GBP1.8 million.
- University of Dundee, LLB, Hons, English Law