About Us


 
 Craig Gordon - Director of HRBullets. He went to Oxford University where he graduated in 1982 with a Law degree. He then joined Oxfordshire publisher, CCH Editions Ltd where he looked after their employment law/HR and various business-related titles. When CCH Editions became part of Croner in the 1990s, he continued to write for, edit and manage these titles together with some in the Croner range. He left in 2000 to set up HRBullets.

Consulting Authors

 

 Beverley Sunderland, Director at Crossland Employment Solicitors, qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and having worked as an in-house lawyer and spent time out of the law as the commercial director for a PLC, she gained valuable experience at the ‘sharp end’ of business which has helped her to tailor her advice to ensure it is practical and balanced against the commercial pressures facing any employer. She is an experienced advocate in both the employment tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Beverley is ranked by Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as a Band 1 expert, as attested to by some of the quotes from clients, for example, ‘She is unlike other solicitors that we’ve dealt with - she gets to the point and tells us what to do, and what the risks are. She lets us weigh up our options as a business’. Away from the law, Beverley is a keen traveller, runner and holds a pilot’s licence. In 2014 she published her first children’s novel, dispelling the theory that lawyers have no imagination.

 

Wendy Trehy: Seddons Wendy Trehy of te Law is a solicitor with over 13 years' experience as an employment law specialist. She is known for providing practical, commercial advice and for working with HR and senior management to ensure effective solutions to employment law issues. Her clients value her knowledge of their businesses and understanding of their objectives. Wendy’s time as in-house counsel means that she knows how to work closely with her clients as part of their team. Wendy advises a wide range of clients, from SMEs to international plcs and senior executives. She is an experienced advocate and an expert in managing employment tribunal and high court litigation, as well as supporting clients managing day-to-day HR/employment issues. Wendy also provides corporate support on the employment aspects of business sales and acquisitions and is an expert on TUPE. Wendy regularly provides training to clients and speaks at external conferences and seminars.

 

Jonathan Beech, Migrate UK Jonathan Beech is the Managing Director of Migrate UK and has provided corporate immigration solutions to some of the world’s largest businesses. He began his immigration career working at the Home Office’s Immigration and Nationality Directorate at Heathrow in 1994. Following this he moved on to managing operations at the Public Enquiry Office where he gained the majority of his legal training. There followed jobs at EY and managing KPMG’s UK immigration team from 1999 to 2004. In 2004 Jonathan set up his own immigration practice, Migrate UK, to continue working within the business immigration arena as well as specialise in Family Life, EEA law and Nationality applications. Jonathan speaks at numerous events, providing strategic tips and insights to legal changes to HR professionals. Jonathan is a ex-RAF Flying Scholar and in his spare time, is an active member of local fitness events and challenges including muddy endurance races. He is a keen gym goer and junior rugby coach.

 

Steve Herbert: Jelf Employee Benefits  Steve Herbert is Head of Benefits Strategy at Jelf Employee Benefits and has an impressive knowledge of the UK employee benefits market. Steve is one of the best known commentators in his field, and a sector journalist described him as someone who ‘knew everything’ – although it should be stressed that this opinion is not shared by his wife and children. His principle focus is better communicating the value and usage of employee benefits to employers. This he achieves through the delivery of his hugely successful seminars and widely read blog posts. Steve also acts as a judge in HR and Employee Benefits industry awards, article writer, product innovator, keynote speaker, and all-round employee benefits nerd. He is a member of the DWP’s Auto-Enrolment Intermediaries Forum, and regularly responds to government consultations on all aspects of employee benefit provision. Outside of the industry Steve provides advice, coaching, and regular blog posts on the topics of business presentation skills and successful seminar marketing. He is occasionally accused of making employee benefits interesting.

 

Jim Wright, DWF

 

 

 Jim Wright is an employment law specialist with more years experience that he cares to admit to these days. He is a partner at full service corporate law firm Shulmans helping senior HR practitioners minimise the problems workforces can generate. Jim practised as an employment lawyer in London with a global law firm before realising that the Peak District is a much nicer place to live than SW17. With a primary focus on strategic and commercial HR matters, Jim’s client base tends to be larger employers operating in more regulated sectors. Recommended and praised by independent directories, Jim considers this shows that - other than HRBullets - you shouldn't believe everything you read. Jim fights a regular battle to stop standing up and talking about employment law. Sadly he often fails and ends up speaking at events like conferences, the Employment Lawyers Association, the Industrial Law Society, CIPD and to other HR groups who will sit still for long enough. 

 

Darren Isaacs Darren Isaacs is a partner at boutique firm GQ Employment Law in London. Having trained in Australia, Darren spent 10 years at a 'magic circle' firm and then US firm Bryan Cave before joining his current firm. As well as employment law, Darren advises on pensions, share schemes and other remuneration issues. He primarily acts for employers, specialising in the financial services sector, although he also advised US businesses establishing in the UK market. He is particularly interested in cross-border European transactions, boardroom disputes, and FSA compliance matters.

 

Gillian Howard is a lawyer specialising in employment law, personal injury, medical negligence and defamation. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Occupational Medicine at the University of Birmingham. She worked initially with Industrial Relations Services (IRS) writing in Industrial Relations Legal Information Bulletin, Health and Safety Information Bulletin, Industrial Relations Review and Report and Occupational Health Review. She was IRS's lead lecturer in its training company IRST for over 10 years. She has since 1981 operated in her own practice - retained by major household names as well as acting for many other well known private and public sector organisations as well as for individuals. Among other things, she drafts contracts, company handbooks, letters and policies.

 

Caroline Carter Caroline Carter, partner and Head of the Employment, Incentives and Pensions Group at Ashurst LLP, advises on a wide range of employment issues both general advisory and contentious, including the employment aspects of corporate transactions. She has extensive expertise in advising on corporate governance boardroom issues. Her dispute resolution experience includes high-level workplace and other mediation, the protection of confidential information and the enforcement of restrictive covenants, as well as team moves and bonus disputes. Recent employment and appeal tribunal experience includes whistleblowing, equality and discrimination cases. Caroline regularly writes articles for a number of publications and has lectured, written and conducted seminars on a variety of employment topics. She is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and of the European Employment Lawyers Association.

 

Tom Walker Tom Walker, Head of the London Employment Team at Pennington Manches LLP, has a particular expertise in business reorganisations and covenants in restraint of trade. He acts for a range of clients from individual directors and executives to multi-national companies. He regularly advises both boards and individuals on team moves and has a depth of experience in sex discrimination claims. Recently he sat as an independent chairman for internal regulatory hearings at NHS Trusts. When advising he focuses on practical solutions to problems rather than dry legal summaries. Tom often carries out his own advocacy and is listed in Chambers and Partners as being an 'incredibly personable, business-focused and savvy employment lawyer'. Tom graduated from Leeds University in 1990 with a degree in English Literature. He trained at Frere Cholmeley and became a Partner at Brachers in 1999. In 2005 he moved to set up an employment team at Colemans-ctts before joining Manches in November 2008.


Ewan Keen Ewan Keen is a partner at Simons Muirhead & Burton Solicitors (SM&B), having left City firm DLA Piper to help establish SM&B’s Employment Law Group. He is experienced in advising on redundancies, restructuring, TUPE, collective consultation and the employment aspects of corporate transactions. A significant element of Ewan’s practice includes advising on senior executive restrictive covenants and team poaching as well as matters of unlawful discrimination and managing poor performance/disciplinary issues. Ewan is also an accredited mediator and a frequent speaker. He is passionate about creating and delivering bespoke training programmes and has helped clients train staff to the point where clients attain an in-house investigatory and mediation capability. Chambers Guide has described Ewan as ‘astute and takes the sensible approach’ and the 2010-11 Legal 500 describes Ewan as a ‘star partner’.

 

Sarah Bradford Sarah Bradford is the director of WriteTax Ltd, a company providing tax technical writing services, and also the director of Writetax Consultancy Services, which undertakes tax consultancy work. After graduating with a degree in Economics from Nottingham University, she trained as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor and is now a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. After leaving Ernst and Young in 1991, she worked for CCH Editions Ltd (which became part of the Wolters Kluwer group), in a technical and managerial capacity. She left CCH in 1999 to pursue a freelance technical writing career, incorporating the business in 2003. Writetax Consultancy Services Ltd was formed in 2010. She writes for a number of respected publishers and is the author of several books and has developed a range of tax apps. She also undertakes tax consultancy work.

 

Simon Bond: Challinors Simon Bond is an associate at Higgs & Sons Solicitors specialising exclusively in employment law. He advises both employers and employees on all aspects of employment and HR issues. He has substantial experience of employment litigation, having appeared in employment tribunals throughout the UK and before the Employment Appeal Tribunal. He has dealt with a number of high-profile and high-value cases and has acted for a number of well-known organisations such as Lidl supermarkets, Karen Millen, The Countryside Agency, GMB trade union and Goldsmiths Jewellers. Simon is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and is a member of the Employment Law Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales. He is also Trustee Director of Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureaux and was formerly Policy Advisor to the Black Country Branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

 

Jo Plumstead Jo Plumstead is a lawyer with over 25 years’ experience in employment law.  Before branching out into teaching, writing, editing and training, she practised as a solicitor in major City and regional law firms. In practice, she handled a wide variety of employment matters, including advising on termination packages, restrictive covenants and other contractual issues, TUPE transfers, redundancy programmes, discrimination law, and both employment tribunal and High Court litigation. She has written for a broad range of publications, including Croners, FL Memo, XpertHR, Emplaw and PLC. She is now a consultant solicitor with Setfords, and in April 2012 she founded AJS Employment Intelligence, a professional support service for employment law specialists, with two other experienced employment lawyers. Jo is a member of the Employment Lawyers association, the Industrial Law Society, and PEN group for Professional Support Lawyers.

 

Professor Chris Rowley is the Professor of Human Resource Management, Cass Business School, City University. He has also held appointments at Cardiff Business School and the School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London and has had a range of external and visiting appointments to universities globally. He collaborates with a network of international colleagues and has published widely, with over 600 journal articles, books and other contributions in practitioner journals, magazines and newsletters. He has given briefings, talks and lectures at universities and companies nationally and internationally and has consultancy experience with unions, businesses and governments on a range of topics, including cultural awareness, diversity, leadership, knowledge management and employment and human resource management policy and practice issues generally and Asian business. He also writes regularly for practitioners and has been interviewed and given comments for international newspapers, magazines, websites and radio stations.