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Recruitment coup for SGH Martineau Employment Team

, where he headed their Employment Team for many years. Described as & lsquo;top class’ by clients, appreciative of his pragmatism and & lsquo;dedication to helping’, Gilmour is strong on contentious employment issues and regularly advocates at employment tribunals.

Gilmour has significant tribunal experience, acting for a number of the country’s largest organisations covering claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal, protective awards and discrimination on the grounds of sex, race and disability. He has advised on employment issues relating to large-scale redundancies and complex corporate restructuring projects, with a growing reputation for helping clients understand employment & lsquo;best practice’ through his bespoke training sessions.

Gilmour commented on his move: “Once the management team outlined their ambitious plans and the way the Employment team supports the key sectors in which the firm has a strong reputation, I decided it was a great time for me to get involved. I think the sector focus is the right approach, given the significant change in the UK economy and I’m confident my experience will help advance these plans.

“The slow economic recovery dictates a measured growth strategy I like what I’ve seen at SGH Martineau and agree with the proposed approach. I’m sure my clients will appreciate the strength in depth here, across all practice areas and I expect cross-selling these associated skills will be an essential aspect of my role.”

Commenting on the appointment, partner and Head of Employment at SGH Martineau Jane Byford said “Simon is a great addition to our team. A natural synergy exists between his experience in the Education and Retail & Leisure sectors, which both remain key sectors for our new strategic approach. Although a well-known lawyer in the Midlands, it is his national profile, built on working with some large and prestigious organisations that we hope to exploit when attracting new clients with the quality of our offering.

“I believe we will see further significant employment developments in 2014, with regulation changes anticipated and the outcomes of a number of appeals potentially having an enormous effect on employment law. He is joining a busy team and I expect his mentoring skills to be a great asset alongside his experience as a lawyer in helping the development of our team.”

SGH Martineau Senior Partner, Andrew Whitehead, believes Gilmour is a perfect fit for SGH Martineau “Simon is another of the important high-calibre appointments we have made recently and I’m confident more will follow this year. The strategic review we undertook at the end of 2013 is helping to redefine our offering and shape our growth for the next five years. Attracting partners of Simon’s calibre confirms our plans are not just attainable, but ambitious enough for high quality lawyers to want to be part of our future.”

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