He has degrees in Microbiology and Biotechnology in addition to graduating from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 2010 with a first class degree in Law. Before training as a solicitor he spent more than 10 years as a research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry; working for the world’s largest pharmaceutical company Pfizer, in their Bioprocess Development Group at Sandwich, Kent.
The analytical and commercial skills gained while working in industry mean David fully understands the commercial pressures faced by his clients.
Following the announcement of the closure of the Pfizer manufacturing site he was selected by his colleagues to represent them during the redundancy process and therefore, somewhat unusually for an employment lawyer, has experience of large scale redundancy consultations from an employee’s perspective.
David’s experiences in representing his colleagues led him to choose to retrain as a solicitor on leaving Pfizer in 2008 and following his graduation from the University of Kent he completed his Legal Practice Certificate at the College of Law, Guildford.
David has experience in many areas of employment law. He provides day to day HR and employment law advice to a number of employers who instruct him on a retainer basis and is experienced in:
- Drafting and reviewing contracts of employment and policies
- Advising employers and employees regarding disciplinary, performance and capability issues
- Advising regarding national minimum wage, overtime payments and holiday pay
- Advising with regard to restrictive covenants and confidentiality issues.
David also regularly provides advice to both employers and employees regarding the termination of employment through settlement agreements.
The analytical and commercial skills gained while working in industry mean David fully understands the commercial pressures faced by his clients, and he is always conscious of the need to provide legal advice which takes account of the commercial needs of his clients.
David is a volunteer advisor for Kent Law Clinic, and provides pro-bono advice at its weekly advice sessions.