David is the managing partner and founder of Reading employment solicitors DPH Legal. He qualified in 2003 and has specialised in employment law throughout his career. As an employment law solicitor, David has an extensive employer client base ranging from small owner-managed businesses to PLCs, however, he also advises executives on the full spectrum of employment law issues. David has provided advice in relation to litigation which has gained the attention of the national press on more than one occasion in recent years and he frequently acts for Respondents/Defendants and Claimants in high-value disputes in the Employment Tribunals and the High Court. David has advised professional Football and Rugby clubs and Formula One teams on employment law disputes with senior personnel. He regularly appears as a guest speaker on BBC local radio and has appeared in the National Press providing expert analysis on current employment law developments.
Mark was called to the bar in 2009 before cross-qualifying as a solicitor in 2013. Mark has acted for both Claimants and Respondents in the Employment Tribunal and also has experience in litigation in the Employment Appeals Tribunal, County Court and High Court in addition to regularly advising employers on non-contentious matters. Mark has experience in dealing with a wide range of areas of employment law including but not limited to unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing, and TUPE. Mark also has experience in advising on related matters such as breach of contract, post-termination restrictions, and pensions. Mark is also a qualified teacher and has previously held lecturing posts at the City of Oxford College and the University of Warwick, where he taught contract law. Mark is a member of the Employment Lawyers Bar Association and the Employment Lawyers Association.
Outside of work Mark enjoys playing the guitar, reading and spending time with his family.
Originally from Belfast where he obtained his undergraduate degree, John moved to Cardiff in 2008 to complete the Legal Practice Course and lived in South Wales for approximately seven years before relocating to the Berkshire area in November 2015. John qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and obtained a broad range of experience in employment law working for a firm based in Cardiff followed by a larger, medium-sized practice based in West London. John has extensive experience of contentious and non-contentious employment disputes acting for both individuals and employers of all sizes including the implications of the TUPE regulations upon buying/selling a company; advising employers regarding redundancy situations including the consultation of staff, selection criteria and potential dismissals; drafting contracts of employment, consultancy agreements, zero-hours contracts, settlement agreements, staff handbooks and letters to employees engaged in disciplinary proceedings; acting for employees in relation to issuing claims for unfair dismissal (including constructive dismissal), redundancy, disability discrimination, unlawful deduction of wages and holiday pay; and advising employees regarding the terms and implications of settlement agreements. John also has experience in advising on litigation outside of the Employment Tribunal.
Outside of work John enjoys getting involved in a wide variety of sports but his main passions are surfing, football and golf.
Sarah qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and has over 20 years of experience in dispute resolution both in the Civil Courts and in the Employment Tribunal. She advises clients on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law.
Sarah has brought claims on behalf of employees in the Employment Tribunal including for unfair dismissal, discrimination and multi-party TUPE cases and has obtained substantial settlements for her clients.
Sarah also advises Employers on day-to-day employment queries and drafts contracts of employment, settlement agreements and policies and procedures.
Sarah also has experience in breach of contract claims and injunctions and claims for breach of restrictive covenants brought through County Courts.
Samuel joined DPH Legal in August 2019 having previously practised as a solicitor at a niche employment law practice in Guildford. He has extensive experience in advising both employees and employers on the full range of employment law matters including Employment Tribunal claims i.e. unfair dismissal claims and discrimination claims under the Equality Act 2010; negotiated exits and settlement agreements; providing advice to Employers on disciplinary procedures and other HR matters; and reviewing and drafting of employment documents including employment contracts and handbooks, consultancy agreements and settlement agreements. Samuel is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.
Outside of work Samuel enjoys travelling to locations such as the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand. Samuel also enjoys exercising and keeping active including going to the gym and cycling.
Farideh was called to the bar in 2009 before cross-qualifying as a solicitor in 2014. She has over 11 years of experience advising clients on a broad range of employment law matters.
Farideh has acted on behalf of clients in the Employment Tribunal as well as in County Courts. She has a special interest in contentious employment matters and has managed to secure numerous high-value financial settlements for her clients.
Farideh frequently advises employers on non-contentious matters such as contracts of employment and staff handbooks, as well as dealing with internal grievance complaints, negotiating exit agreements and advising on disciplinary procedures and dismissals.
She has enjoyed great success in claims for disability, race and sex discrimination as well as unfair dismissals, unlawful deduction of wages and high-value breach of contract claims.
Farideh’s background in science and engineering means she has a particular interest in employment law issues arising in this sector.
Stevyn qualified as a solicitor in 1991 as a result he has a wealth of experience in all employment law matters. He has extensive experience dealing with employment law matters as well as contested litigation arising from employment disputes in other courts. His experience also includes a range of breach of contract claims and injunctions arising from breaches of restrictive covenants.
Stevyn has successfully concluded race and disability discrimination claims in the Employment Tribunal recovering damages in excess of £100,000 on behalf of several clients.
On behalf of employers, Stevyn has successfully defended both unfair dismissal, and constructive dismissal claims as well as claims relating to all forms of discrimination.
Stevyn’s expertise ranges across employment law, corporate law and commercial litigation. He has advised on and drafted shareholder agreements for directors and companies and he has frequently been involved in litigation in the High Court.
Stevyn is a keen tennis and cricket player and was formerly chairperson of a leading Oxfordshire cricket club.
Jennifer has extensive experience in employment law qualifying at a Birmingham-based commercial law firm in 2006.
She has experience in advising both employees and employers on the full range of employment issues, including discrimination claims, unfair dismissal, TUPE, redundancies, preparing contractual documents and advising on settlement agreements.
Jennifer has had considerable success in the employment tribunal, and in particular in discrimination and unfair dismissal complaints. Jennifer has also advised upon and represented companies in litigation relating to post-termination restrictions, including obtaining injunctive relief.
Outside of work Jennifer enjoys days out with her children as well as swimming, walking and reading.
Katarzyna is an experienced Employment Solicitor with a diverse background across employment and litigation disciplines. Originally hailing from Poland, she moved to the UK in 2010.
Katarzyna completed her training contract with a boutique law firm in Manchester. Thereafter Katarzyna practiced law within a large employment team of a national law firm where she gained a wealth of experience representing Claimants and Respondents in a wide variety of cases. These included claims of unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, and disability discrimination.
Katarzyna now advises individuals and companies on all aspects of employment law. She represents senior executives and corporate clients. She deals with both contentious and non-contentious employment matters and her approach has been described as pragmatic and commercial. Katarzyna has extensive experience in drafting employment contracts, director’s service agreements and settlement agreements. She provides advice on the full range of employment law issues.
Katarzyna is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Law Society.
In her free time, Katarzyna enjoys travelling and is a keen cyclist.
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