David studied History and Politics and then entered the teaching
profession in Liverpool before undertaking further postgrad study and teaching
at University of Newcastle.
David trained and worked in London advising a range of clients
from major trade unions to leading media organizations including The Wireless
Group, Channel 4 and The Guardian. David relocated to the North East and joined
Burnetts as a partner in 2021. David has a keen interest in the changing
nature of the relationship between work providers and work deliverers and is of
the view that the traditional employer-employee relationship is becoming
redundant. He also has expertise in GDPR issues and developing pro-active
workplace cultures and practices.
David has extensive experience in advising on employment law
across a range of sectors including charities, transport, housing associations,
football clubs and retail. He offers a practical, solution driven service
that quickly identifies problems and ensures business can run smoothly and efficiently.
David has also presented a number of seminars looking at the changing
nature of work and the future planning that is required to ensure that the new
challenges we all face are approached in a practical and comprehensive manner.
His services include the preparation of key employment
documents, dealing with common issues in relation to performance and disputes
in the workplace, advising on exit strategies both for employers and employees,
corporate advice on share sales and TUPE and training on emerging legislation
and equality issues. David has delivered lectures at the Universities of
Newcastle and Northumbria on emerging issues and can provide bespoke training
to organisations to enable them to take proactive steps to ensure they are
equipped to meet the challenges of the new world of work.
Having studied and taught International Relations and formerly a
member of the Employment Lawyers Association International Committee he has a
keen awareness of the importance of close co-operation with legal advisors from
across the EU. He enjoys, but is not very good at, fell running in the
Lakes, Northumberland and Durham.