Simon Ost - expertise & experience

Simon started his career at an international law firm which had a leading employment practice. Along the way he worked with some of the UK's leading employment lawyers, learning from them all the time. Unusually within a firm of that standing, Simon was fast tracked to partnership at just 4 years pqe in 2005. Since then Simon's career has continued to flourish. Simon's work on two specific major projects was central to his then team twice being shortlisted for the UK's 'Employment Team of the Year' in the annual Lawyer Awards.


Simon covers the full range of employment issues and has acted for some of the world's largest corporate names. They trust him to advise on their key projects and their most sensitive issues. Simon brings calmness, clarity and commercial common sense to situations so that client's can find the solution that works best for them legally, practically and culturally.


He is equally comfortable providing strategic advice to board members, providing highly technical advice to inhouse counsel, or assisting operational managers on effective risk management of the issues within their business area. Simon has worked with numerous blue chip organisations across a wide variety of sectors; chemicals, FMCG, aviation, charity, and manufacturing to name just a few. 


Simon also has a particular (and relatively unusual) specialism in advising on industrial relations law. As a result of this Simon is regularly instructed in relation to industrial relations issues including industrial action. 


Simon is an unusually enjoyable public speaker. He has spoken at many employment/HR related events for organisations such as the CIPD, the Chemical Industries Association, Chemicals NorthWest, Legal Island and the Academy of Social Sciences. His expertise is such that he has provided expert comment, technical briefing and informed opinion pieces to both mainstream and trade media including the Financial Times, The Economist, Personnel Today and Employers' Law.


Simon co-authored the UK section of "International Employment Law" published by Juris, which is a comprehensive reference book for employment lawyers around the world.


Examples of Simon's experience:

  • Conducting the successful defence of numerous high value claims in the Employment Tribunal including obtaining the strike out of a multi-million pound claim alleging discrimination and whstleblowing against his client.
  • Advising one of the world's largest chemicals giants on the full range of its employment issues, including strategic projects, senstive terminations, discrimination allegations, pension change projects, restructuring projects and TUPE transfers.
  • Advising a worldwide professional services business on its defence of complex discrimination allegations against a senior manager in the context of a high profile class action in the US.
  • Advising one of the UK's major retail groups on the successful design and implementation of a fundemantal restructuring of its terms and conditions of employment across its various business areas (including successfully anticipating, managing and resisiting industrial action within its more unionised business areas).
  • Guiding a Japenese 'global brand' electronics giant through the politically senstive process of closing one of its UK facilities and fragmented transfer of business functions to other facilities in lower cost jurisdictions (both EU and non-EU).
  • Advising a US owned global manufacturing business on the design and implementaion of its national and international consultation strategy for a billion dollar EMEA business disposal.
  • Advising upon the strategy and practical implementation of one of the largest mergers in the European travel industry.
  • Advising a global FMCG business on the successful and discrete resolution of a complex and highly sensitive international board dispute.
  • Advising a major utility provider on its ER programme.
  • Advising a major UK based aviation group on industrial action threatened by three major trade unions, obtaining a novel injunctions to prohibit the ballot from taking place and subsequently preventing mass picketing.


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