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Simon Cuthbert Solicitor

Experience Profile

Simon is a Solicitor in the London Employment Department.

Simon advises the Police Federation and its members, with a particular emphasis on disability discrimination issues and pension matters. He has litigated at all levels from the Employment Tribunal to the House of Lords (Supreme Court).

Advising upon and litigating all aspects of police employment law including discrimination, whistleblowing, pensions (medical retirement, injury awards, appeals), unsatisfactory attendance and performance, Police Regulations, pay and allowances, overpayments, leave and working time, civil actions, judicial review.

Notable Cases

Maxwell v Metropolitan Police (2012) - successful claim for race and sexual orientation discrimination, harassment and victimisation for a counter-terrorism officer

Campbell v Metropolitan Police (2011) – successful claim for disability discrimination for an officer who was rejected for a post he applied for because of a medical condition

Quinn v Metropolitan Police (2010) – successful whistleblowing claim for an officer who was unlawfully disciplined after he lodged an internal complaint at work

Kenyon v Hampshire Police (2008) – successful claim for disability discrimination after unlawful restrictions were imposed upon a disabled officer

Simon’s extensive employment law experience dates back to 2001. He worked as a full-time employment law caseworker/adviser at Chesterfield Law Centre, before moving to London Legal 500 firm Deighton Guedalla, where he specialised in employment and discrimination law, qualifying as a solicitor in 2004. He moved to Russell Jones & Walker in 2007.

Simon holds a law degree from the University of Nottingham and completed his professional exams at Nottingham Law School.

He is a Member of the Employment Lawyers' Association and Discrimination Law Association.

Simon provides commentary on Employment Law issues, and has written articles for a variety of publications, including in the police sphere for branch board circulars/newsletters.