Martin Stephen

Credentials

  • Accredited as an Employment Law Specialist by the Law Society of Scotland.
  • Former part-time Chairman of Employment Tribunals.
  • Chairman of the Senate Discipline Committee on Academic Dishonesty at the University of Strathclyde.
  • Expert witness
  • Member of the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers

I act principally, although not exclusively, for employers in relation to employment and work-related issues.

I work with clients to achieve commercial settlements wherever possible and desirable.

My ideal is to resolve an issue before it goes to the Employment Tribunal or court. To help with that I always give clients a realistic assessment of their prospects of success and of any weaknesses in their case.

Years of experience have taught me to be a good listener and to be able to identify the issues which are the most important to achieving a successful outcome. I pride myself in getting to know my clients and the workings of their organisations so I can achieve the best outcomes for them.

Over the years I have built up a good reputation amongst my peers and Employment Tribunal judges. I have been described as being a formidable but very fair adversary, which I think sums me up well.

Recent Activity

Acted for the Claimant in an Employment Tribunal claim in which one of the biggest awards for unfair dismissal in Scotland was made.

Represented an academic institution where I successfully defended a long-running and acrimonious discrimination claim made against the institution.

I act on a regular basis for a professional association representing primary school head teachers, depute heads and principal teachers, advising on discipline, grievance, strike action and employment tribunal claims.

I was recently appointed to the panel of legal advisers to a regulatory body which has 198,000 registered members. The panel advises the regulatory body on their legal position in professional disciplinary matters.

I have a particular interest in Church law and practice.