Prior to commencing pupillage Ashley worked for the UKs largest employment law consultancy where he gained extensive advocacy experience. Ashley is adept at picking cases up at short notice and is able to digest large amounts of information quickly before delivering effective performances at trial thereafter. He is no stranger to cross examination and is able to assess when a robust approach is necessary or where a more conservative approach will be more successful.
Ashley has extensive experience in successfully conducting complex multi-week hearings often involving complex disputes of fact and law.
Since commencing pupillage Ashley has developed an interest in all areas of family and public law work – he has developed particular interests in judicial review, private children, care work and education tribunal work.
“Mr Lord follows through on his commitments and is methodical in his approach”
“I was extremely pleased with Mr Lord’s representation at our hearing, he was particularly prepared and well versed in all aspects of this case”
A lay client, January 2016.
“Mr Lord… was courteous and professional throughout the proceedings”
When faced with “unjustified hostility” from the Claimant, Mr Lord responded with “considerable patience and courtesy”
Employment Judge Eccles in judgment, October 2017
Public Law Children
Within his first six Ashley had the opportunity to shadow and consider papers on a variety of Public Law Children work. He has worked with Counsel acting for all parties to proceedings. Ashley has worked with Counsel on matters involving, amongst other things, domestic and sexual abuse, substance misuse, neglect and non-accidental injury.
Ashley has gained an understanding of the process and procedure involved in these types of proceedings.
Private Law Children
Ashley has experience of representing parties in private law matters involving contact and residency disputes and also in non-molestation applications. Ashley has also had the opportunity to shadow and consider papers on a variety of Private Law Children matters. He has gathered an understanding of the process and procedure involved in these types of proceedings.
Court of Protection
Throughout his first six Ashley had the opportunity of working with all members of Spire's Public Law team and has developed an interest and understanding of this area. He is also a regular contributor to the Court of Protection Newsletter.
Ashley is available for instruction and has a keen interest in building a practice in this area.
Within his first six Ashley worked with members of Chambers on judicial review work. He has developed a keen interest in this area and is available to provide written advice and/or representation at hearings.
Ashley worked with Senior Counsel and Queen’s Counsel in the successful resistance of a judicial review challenge heard at the RCJ. The challenge was brought in relation to the content of an EHC Plan.
Throughout his first six Ashley worked with members of Chambers on Education Law matters. Ashley has experience of providing written advice on various SEN tribunal matters.
He has developed a keen interest in this area and is available to provide written advice and/or representation at tribunal hearings.
Ashley has extensive experience representing Respondents in employment tribunals across England, Wales and Scotland. He has represented businesses of varying size and industry in a wide range of matters. His experience varies from appearing at short preliminary hearings to successful conduct of lengthy and complex multi-week composite hearings.
Ashley is particularly experienced in all aspects of:
• Unfair Dismissal
• Constructive Unfair Dismissal
• Discrimination (all variations)
• Breach of Contract
• Holiday Pay
• Public Interest Disclosure
• Employment Status
Ashley has extensive experience of drafting responses in both simple and complex cases. He is available to provide written advice and/or representation at hearings or judicial mediation.
W v WASS
12-day liability hearing acting for the Respondent.
Successful defence of complaints of constructive unfair dismissal, a failure to make reasonable adjustments and direct disability discrimination. The Claimant had raised 53 individual allegations.
The Claimant was found to be a disabled person under the Equality Act 2010. The tribunal accepted the Respondent’s case, however, that it did not have knowledge of the disability, nor did it have knowledge of the alleged substantial disadvantage.
The complaints raised by the Claimant dated back to 2014/2015 with the factual allegations within those complaints spanning close to 18 months. This case also involved sensitive issues of attempted suicide and allegations of sexual and financial abuse of a vulnerable person.
M v GCIL
9-day composite final hearing acting for the Respondent.
Successful defence of complaints of unfair dismissal and of disability discrimination.
The Respondent accepted that the Claimant was a disabled person within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010, but the tribunal accepted that the Respondent did not have knowledge of either the disability or of the alleged substantial disadvantage.
The tribunal found that the Claimant was dismissed for reasons of gross misconduct and that the Respondent had reasonably believed, on the evidence obtained during its investigations, that the Claimant had conspired with a service user for whom he provided support, to de-fraud the Independent Living Fund.
Dr J A v Drs T, E, D and L t/a BHFP:
3-day composite final hearing acting for the Respondents
Successful defence of complaints of disability discrimination. The Claimant also brought a successful complaint of unfair dismissal, although successfully argued that compensation should be limited to a basic award of circa £2500. The Claimant had sought upwards of £100,000.
Away from court Ashley is an avid football supporter and can be regularly found in the stands at Old Trafford (for his sins). Ashley also enjoys travelling and partaking in outdoor and adventurous activities.
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