Geoffrey is the senior member of Farrer & Co’s Employment Law Team, which he created, and has been a partner in the firm since 1979. He has practised in the labour/employment law field for 35+ years, not least in the media and banking sectors. He generally acts for employers, but sometimes for senior executives, including those in listed companies.
He played a significant role in the revolution in labour relations in the UK national newspaper industry in the 1980s and 1990s, and continues to have a particular interest in collective issues, including recognition and derecognition. His cases include the House of Lords decision in Wilson –v- Associated Newspapers Limited (which deals with the border between individual and collective trade union rights) and News Group Newspapers Limited –v- SOGAT ’82 (a leading case on mass picketing).
He has been a Director of Legal Projects and President of the Labour Law Commission of the UIA and is a member of various employment law bodies, including the Industrial Law Society. In addition to his employment law practice, he does a certain amount of corporate/commercial and private client work.