Paul McFarlane

Legal Director

Paul is a Legal Director in the Employment department and manages a team of lawyers providing the full range of employment law advice to health, police and emergency services clients. Paul has over 20 years experience advising clients in the public sector, particularly in the emergency services sector and will be working with partners:  Hugh Giles and Alessandra Gettins to enhance the firm’s development in this sector.

Paul particular specialisms include: advising employer clients on all aspects of industrial relations law, including seeking injunctions to prevent industrial action. Paul has recently advised a client on legal and practical issues involved in changing terms and conditions of part of its workforce. Paul also regularly advises clients on complex discrimination and/or whistleblowing matters.

Notable projects

  • London Underground Ltd (LUL) v Noel (1999) IRLR 621 (time limits – unfair dismissal)
  • Lead legal adviser to Royal Mail on industrial relations law
  • Post Office (Consignia Plc) v Burkett, Court of Appeal - [2003] EWCA Civ 748 – (misconduct dismissals)
  • Abellio London Ltd v Musse & Ors UKEAT/0283/11/CEA (meaning of ‘substantial change to their working conditions’ regulation 4(9) of TUPE)
  • successfully defending a police force at an Employment Tribunal in a 15 day race discrimination whistleblowing claim
  • being elected the chair of the Employment Lawyers Association’s Legislative & Policy Committee – 2016 to present


Paul regularly writes in the national, HR and legal press on employment law issues:


  • Employment Lawyers Association 
  • Industrial Law Society Law Society Employment Law Committee 
  • Black Solicitors Network, Board Member
  • Qualifications 
  • LLB Law, Middlesex University, 1990 
  •  Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism, London School of Journalism

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