Simon is an experienced employment specialist who  provides advice to a number of large commercial clients, many of whom are household names, on all aspects of employment law. 

Simon has many years of experience working with private and public sector clients and is the main contact for employment work with a local university and many well established organisations in the retail and manufacturing sectors.  Simon is the lead employment contact for a number of our automotive clients and is frequently referred to by these clients as the "go to" individual when drafting and negotiating their contractual TUPE provisions.

Simon is renowned for delivering advice in a straightforward and easy to understand manner and his down to earth approach puts clients and witnesses at ease.

His recent work includes:

  • acting as independent appeal chair with delegated responsibility to a disciplinary process which had seen a director/shareholder and manager dismissed from the business.  Simon conducted interviews with all relevant witnesses and considered a significant volume of evidence before preparing a detailed outcome report.  In the successful judgment, the Employment Judge stated that the original process was flawed but those defects were corrected on appeal by the ‘excellent, thorough, thought and balanced rehearing by Mr Fennell’
  •  assisting a number of private sector organisations with multi-level redundancy and restructuring processes;
  • pre-contract negotiations to TUPE (transfer of undertakings) clauses; and
  • support to the corporate team with M&A work.

Simon writes and provides training sessions for clients on a range of subjects and is a regular speaker at Shoosmiths' national employment webinars.

Simon is a member of the Employment Lawyer's Association and in 2023 contributed to the ELA's response to government changes to whistleblowing legislation.

Having qualified as a solicitor in 2002, Simon joined Shoosmiths in 2007, was promoted to Associate in May 2010, Senior Associate in May 2013 and Partner in May 2020.


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