New associate for Leicestershire law firm

L-R Mike Cummins with new starters John Wood and Sophie Fawcett.

Leicestershire law firm Cummins Employment Solicitors has welcomed John Wood as its new associate.

John has joined the specialist employment law firm in Enderby after nine years at Leicestershire County Council where he was the principal in-house employment and education solicitor.

Also newly arrived at Cummins Employment Solicitors is legal secretary Sophie Fawcett, who joins from Gateley where she worked in the employment team for eight years. Prior to Gateley, Sophie was at Dodds from 2006 to 2010.

The arrival of John and Sophie makes the Cummins team 11-strong, with its five employment solicitors probably the largest specialist employment group in the county and one of the biggest in the region.

John, from near Loughborough, worked in private practices after graduating from Nottingham Law School and the University of East Anglia.

He said: “I’d been aware of Cummins for a number of years and was particularly attracted to it being a niche employment law practice. From the positive feedback I had heard I knew it would provide me with the opportunity to work with a broad range of clients and undertake high quality work.

“Having worked in-house for a number of years I felt the firm, its ethos and the people were a great fit for me. The team spirit and the relationship that the solicitors have with the clients really sets Cummins apart from other firms and I’m delighted to have joined Mike and the team.”

Mike Cummins, who launched Cummins Employment Solicitors as a specialist employment law firm in 2011, said: “John’s time at the County Council has given him a deep insight into many areas of complex and contentious employment law.

“We’re very pleased we have now added that expertise to our team’s ability to provide an outstanding service to our growing client base.”

A member of the Employment Lawyers Association, John’s experience includes TUPE, reorganisations and Employment Tribunals involving complex claims for discrimination, unfair dismissal, harassment and victimisation. John also has significant experience advising on a range of education matters including admissions, exclusions, complaints and acting for schools in the First Tier Tribunal.