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Geoffrey Mead

Geoffrey Mead

Senior Associate

Geoffrey is a senior associate in the Employment team in our London office.

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Experience

Geoffrey has developed a reputation for providing clear and practical advice, helping clients to assess the risks and opportunities inherent in particular situations, and guiding them on the path to their preferred outcome.  His substantial experience enables him to advise with confidence on how a course of action will play out in legal and practical terms, thereby giving clients confidence in handling sensitive and high value employment law issues. 
 
Geoffrey has advised a wide range of clients across both the private and public sector, working closely with HR professionals and senior leaders to devise and implement their strategies.  This includes advising on recruitment strategies, handling disciplinary and grievance issues, conducting Employment Tribunal litigation, and advising on senior executive severance.  He has also worked with employers on industrial relations issues (including High Court litigation seeking to restrain unlawful strike action); conducted investigations into allegations of discrimination and bullying; and advised on data privacy and freedom of expression issues in the workplace.  In addition, Geoffrey is a highly experienced legal trainer, recognised for his skill in devising and delivering courses on a wide range of topics, including in particular on TUPE.
 
Geoffrey's experience includes:
 
  • advising a prominent public sector employer on a proposal to dismiss a senior employee for sending harassing communications, where the employee had already made five Employment Tribunal claims against his employer
  • advising a University in respect of an equal pay claim brought by a group of six (female) employees complaining that they were paid less than comparator (male) employees who were undertaking similar work
  • acting for a Royal College in conducting a sensitive investigation into a grievance alleging bullying and harassment committed by a senior employee
  • advising an employers' association in respect of industrial action, including balloting provisions, identifying participants in the action, and dealing with pay deductions
  • delivering training to an employer's HR team on compliance with gender pay gap reporting obligations

Background

Geoffrey has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in law from Oxford University. Before qualifying as a solicitor he worked as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Southampton, during which time he undertook research for the UK government on comparative racial discrimination law.