Mark is an associate in Dentons' London office specialising in UK employment and immigration law. He joined the firm in September 2008, qualifying in September 2010, and has worked in both Dentons' London and Milton Keynes offices.
Mark has significant experience bringing and defending claims in an Employment Tribunal for unfair and wrongful dismissal, all aspects of discrimination law as well as advising on severance terms and compromise agreements.
On the non-contentious side, Mark supports clients on the full range of employment law issues in the workplace, including drafting and negotiating contracts and policies, managing sickness absence issues and dealing with disciplinary and grievance issues. Mark advises on redundancy/restructuring and the employment aspects of commercial acquisitions and outsourcing.
Mark also provides support to commercial and individual clients on UK immigration applications. Mark has completed two secondments since he qualified in 2010, working as the sole in-house employment lawyer at a real estate investment practice for six months and recently returned from a secondment for a major financial institution working as one of two in-house employment lawyers. Mark regularly provides training to clients and has recently delivered sessions on employee status, social media issues in the workplace and the application of TUPE in outsourcing situations.
- Advising a global media company on its defence of a claim for unfair dismissal and sex discrimination brought by the company's former head of operations.
- Defending high-profile claims by a former professor of a leading university for race, sex and disability discrimination, victimisation and unfair dismissal.
- Advising a major financial institution on the defence of a claim for unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and unlawful deduction from wages.
- Managing the disclosure of employment documents on the sale of a business which involved the transfer of over 3,000 employees and the subsequent TUPE provisions contained within the sale agreement including advice on issues involving atypical workers.
- Reviewing an education establishment's standard form contracts for teaching staff, non-teaching staff and peripatetic workers and advising on the implementation of a new staff handbook including new social media and anti-bribery and corruption policies.
- Providing advice in relation to an employee on long-term sick leave who was not covered under the company's PHI insurance scheme.
- Assisting an employer with its headquarters in South Korea on its application for a Tier 2 sponsor licence and the subsequent visa application under Tier 2 (ICT) of the points-based system.
- Advising an individual clients on his visa application under Tier 1 (Investor) of the points-based system.