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David Hodge Principal Lawyer, Employment

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David is a principal lawyer in our employment team at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Cambridge.

He advises individuals at all levels on the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues including entry and exit negotiations and workplace disputes. He enjoys particular experience and success supporting senior executives in exit negotiations (including those involving shareholder rights) and conducting complex litigation.

David is recognised for his work in discrimination, whistleblowing and TUPE related matters and is individually profiled and acknowledged by the Legal 500 Directory 2016 as ‘committed, professional and pragmatic’ and for his ‘accessible, pragmatic and considered approach, while being formidable in opposition’. He is especially recommended for tribunal claims and ‘gets the job done’.

Although David’s practice now focuses exclusively on supporting individuals, his clients benefit directly from his significant previous experience acting on behalf of businesses including PLC’s, private limited companies and LLP’s. David is a commercially astute adviser with an eye for the bigger picture and a keen awareness of the view from the other side.  

David supports clients nationwide and regularly travels to meet his clients’ requirements and to appear in tribunal. Amongst others, former individual clients include high profile entrepreneurs, wealth managers, scientists, programmers, analysts, law firms and medical practitioners.

Notable matters in which David has appeared include;

  • complex disability discrimination (including injury and permanent health insurance) claim against multinational energy company for Senior Analyst;
  • high value (£500k+) unfair dismissal and breach of contract/bonus claim (including shareholder considerations) for former Managing Director of Fluoropolymer processing company;
  • high value disability discrimination (including injury) claim against publicly traded EPC, maintenance and project management company for Senior Manager;
  • complex unfair dismissal, TUPE and equal pay claim against multinational aggregates company and (jointly) multinational technology company for Senior Programmer;
  • high profile whistleblowing action against Secretary of State for Health for Clinical Lead Consultant of NHS Trust.

Reported cases - Langton v Secretary of State for Health [2013] All ER (D) 170 (Oct), whistleblowing action against the Secretary of State for Health.

Sharon MacDonald assists David with his cases and her details can be found here.

Expertise

Career history

  • Since 2017: Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK
  • 2010-2017: Brethertons LLP
  • 2008-2010: Stephens Scown Solicitors
  • 2003-2008: Lyons Davidson Solicitors

Education

  • 2000-2001: University of the West of England, Bristol - Legal Practice Course
  • 1994-1998: Nottingham Trent University - Law LLB (Hons) Europe (with French)
  • 1996-1997: University of Montpelier (France) - Faculty of Law

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Employment Lawyers Association

Recent Testimonials for David Hodge

“David Hodge has provided a great service for me when I left my previous employer. He provided supportive, sensible and focused advice at the start of the process when I was unsure of my options. He negotiated an excellent severance package for me, holding out for the right deal and built effective bridges with the other side to ensure matters were conducted cordially. I would recommend David to others in similar situations.”

Helen, Birmingham

“Good lawyers are experts in their fields, but great lawyers understand how to apply their expertise.”

Brigit Ducasse

“I was impressed, from the outset, by David’s subject matter knowledge, expertise and professional manner. He explained, in clear and concise terms, the facts of the matter, the options open to me, and the balance of risk likely to be associated with each potential course of action.  David is clearly an accomplished negotiator. Because of his evident knowledge and skills, I had the confidence and trust in him to ‘hold my ground’ when negotiations were at an advanced, and tense, stage.”

CEO, Cambridge

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