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Ian Pace

Ian Pace

Ian acts for a wide range of private and public sector clients and advises on all areas of employment and discrimination law. He has considerable experience in acting for NHS Trusts and healthcare clients generally and also advises employers in the education, retail and insurance sectors. He has a particular interest in whistleblowing and all areas of discrimination, including disability and age.

Ian regularly speaks at conferences and seminars and provides bespoke in-house training on a range of employment and equality issues.

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Ian acts for a wide range of private and public sector clients and advises on all areas of employment and discrimination law. He has considerable experience in acting for NHS Trusts and healthcare clients generally and also advises employers in the education, retail and insurance sectors. He has a particular interest in whistleblowing and all areas of discrimination, including disability and age.

Ian regularly speaks at conferences and seminars and provides bespoke in-house training on a range of employment and equality issues.

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Ian Pace

Matt Smith

Matt is a Solicitor-Advocate specialising in healthcare employment law with over 14 years of experience. He regularly represents predominantly NHS and other public sector clients in employment tribunals around the country, as well as advising them on internal matters. Matt can advise on the full range of employment issues including discrimination, whistleblowing, unfair dismissal, TUPE, redundancies and reorganisations.

Matt is in his second spell with Weightmans’ healthcare employment team, having recently returned to the firm after spending four years at the Equality and Human Rights Commission where he undertook a varied range of litigation, enforcement and legal policy work, predominantly focussing on issues such as sexual harassment, race discrimination and COVID-19, bringing a unique perspective to his work.

Matt has significant experience in providing bespoke training for clients and seminars and speaking at conferences.

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Alex Leslie

Alex has over 30 years’ experience in health related law acting for public and private healthcare providers, and is ranked as a Senior Statesperson in the Chambers and Partners UK legal directory.

Alex’s principal area of work is advising professionals working in the NHS on employment, disciplinary, regulatory and ethical issues. His practice also includes advising NHS bodies on employment, governance and associated issues.

Alex has acted in many high profile cases, and has advised participants in major public inquiries, including the BSE and Redfern inquiries.

Alex has published articles, given seminars, contributed to a textbook on health service law and practice and made TV training programmes for LNTV.

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Simon Kernyckyj

Simon Kernyckyj

Formerly of RadcliffesLeBrasseur, Simon is a Partner in our Healthcare Regulation team based in Leeds. He has substantial experience in advising and representing doctors and dentists in criminal, disciplinary, regulatory and employment spheres.

He regularly appears as an advocate at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (GMC), the GDC, NHS Hearings for both primary and secondary care, at inquests, the magistrate’s court and other investigatory meetings, interviews and hearings.

He also has experience in other areas involving trading standards, health and safety, the CQC, Court of Protection, employment, judicial review and data protection.

Simon has significant experience of property, commercial, tax, banking, restructuring and other areas related to commercial and residential property development businesses. His practice includes:

  • General Medical Council (GMC)
  • General Dental Council (GDC)
  • NHS (England and Wales)
  • Maintaining High Professional Standards (MHPS)
  • Criminal cases from interview to appeal
  • Appeals to the High Court and First Tier Tribunal
  • Judicial review
  • Inquests
  • Trading Standards
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
  • Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  • Employment
  • Data protection

Simon qualified as a solicitor in 1989. He joined RadcliffesLeBrasseur in Leeds originally in 1995 and made partner in 2001. From 2004-2009 he was in-house counsel for a Leeds property development group, returning to RadcliffesLeBrasseur in September 2009. He joined Weightmans as part of the merger between Weightmans and RadcliffesLeBrasseur in March 2022.

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