Paul McFarlane


Paul is a Partner in the employment and pensions 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 fellow 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. In 2022 Paul was appointed the Chair of the Employment Lawyers Association.

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
  • Chambers & Partners Minority Lawyer of Year 2019 
  • Deputy Chair of the Employment Lawyers Association - 2020 -


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


  • Employment Lawyers Association 
  • Industrial Law Society 
  • Black Solicitors Network, Board Member
  • Appointment Panel Member of IMPRESS (Press Regulator)


  • LLB Law, Middlesex University, 1990 
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism, London School of Journalism

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