About Nathan

Nathan is a Senior Associate based out of our York office. He has specialised in employment law for over 12 years and acts for a range of employers and individuals based in Yorkshire and beyond.

Nathan’s employment law expertise has been recognised by The Legal 500 UK and he has been described by clients as “a first class employment lawyer” whose “understanding of human nature” means that he is often able to second guess an opponent’s next move and factor that into his advice.

Nathan has a particular interest in contentious employment law cases (including dismissals, whistleblowing and restrictive covenant litigation) and is increasingly instructed by clients to advise in relation to the employment law issues arising out of the use and misuse of social media.

When not at work

Nathan’s chief pastime is photography and he regularly scours EBay, charity shops and auction houses looking for vintage cameras and photography related paraphernalia. He is also a stalwart Arsenal fan and real ale aficionado.

Professional Societies

  • Employment Lawyers’ Association

Specialisms

Sectors that Nathan is involved in:

Student Accomodation

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

Are employees who covertly record workplace meetings guilty of misconduct?

With technology evolving as quickly as it is, it has become more important to monitor how it is used in the workplace. This recent case

Pencil iconBy Nathan Combes on 18th July 2019

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

What happens when an individual’s religious beliefs conflict with the duties and obligations that attach to their role?

A case at the Employment Appeal Tribunal saw claims from a lay Magistrate for victimisation over his views on same-sex adoptions resulted in their removal

Pencil iconBy Nathan Combes on 9th July 2019

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

Employer’s Failure to Fund Private Medical Treatment was Discriminatory

Few would contend that the management of long term sickness absence is easy, and as the employer discovered in the recent case of Croft Vets

Pencil iconBy Nathan Combes on 12th February 2019

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

Impartiality Key to Appeals

The recent EAT decision in Blackburn v Aldi Stores Ltd is authority for the proposition that an employer’s failure to provide an impartial appeal

Pencil iconBy Nathan Combes on 12th February 2019

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

Apprenticeships – beware of the pitfalls!

Most employers are aware of the basic concept of what an apprenticeship is

Pencil iconBy Nathan Combes on 12th February 2019

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

Company Directors held personally liable for huge whistleblowing pay out

The recent Court of Appeal decision in the case of Timis v Osipov serves as a reminder for company directors of the potential for the

Pencil iconBy Nathan Combes on 24th October 2018

Workers, the gig economy and unpaid leave.

Some of you may have missed last week’s press coverage concerning the case of King v The Sash Window Workshop Ltd and anor.

Pencil iconBy Nathan Combes on 14th June 2017

Are you taking Data Protection seriously? 1

Employment and Care Homes update following the Autumn Statement

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, delivered his first Autumn Statement on Wednesday 23 November 2016.

Pencil iconBy Nathan Combes on 28th November 2016

Are you taking Data Protection seriously? 1

Are you taking Data Protection seriously?

Care homes (and other similar organisations) have come under the spotlight in recent months due to their perceived inadequacies when dealing with personal data.

Pencil iconBy Nathan Combes on 20th October 2016

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

Religious discrimination – don’t believe everything you read in the papers…

Recent press reports have been saturated with coverage of the Advocate General’s opinion in the case of Achbita and another v G4S Secure

Pencil iconBy Nathan Combes on 8th July 2016

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

Court prevents Employer from implementing its new Absence Management Policy

The facts of this case will be of interest to anyone concerned with drafting and/or implementing work place policies and procedures.

Pencil iconBy Nathan Combes on 13th May 2016

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

Important amendments made to the law governing the Recruitment Sector

The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations have now been published. The Regulations will come into effect on 8 May 2016.

Pencil iconBy Nathan Combes on 13th May 2016

Thank you Nathan and can I say how impressed I was with your approach and detail, it made the whole process as easy as it can be

I wanted to say big big thanks for recommending Nathan to help me with my settlement agreement. He has been great and very helpful indeed. I would not hesitate recommending him to other people.

Nathan was able to bring to a successful conclusion a difficult settlement which could have been avoided had I had his knowledge of this area of employment law. He has also been able to advise me on other matters in his personal and friendly manner.

Mike Shingler, Owner

Care Micro Systems Ltd

Excellent and practical advice. I was impressed by how he understood the issue and was able to put himself in my shoes. Highly recommended!

Virginia Phillips, Director and Owner

Red Oyster Limited

I cannot recommend Nathan highly enough. Throughout the course of my case I found Nathan to be efficient, thorough, professional and creative. He was also supportive and compassionate during what was a very difficult time for me. Needless to say that the Tribunal found in our favour.

Nathan is sensible with his billings too which in my experience is very rare for a lawyer and he genuinely sees the bigger picture within a relationship. I could see no reason why I would ever require employment advice from anyone else!

Kristien Esser, Managing Director

Guided Solutions & Gateway Talent Management

I'm not sure it is at all appropriate to say that it has been a pleasure working with you on this as to be fair it wasn't that pleasurable! Never the less I have never questioned the confidence you have inspired and our firm commitment to secure your support in all future legal matters. Thank you sincerely for all of your efforts. You made a difficult process infinitely less stressful than it may have been.

Nathan has an incisive ability to grasp complex situations and quickly assess the way forward. He took ownership and instilled confidence with his calm approach. A very, very knowledgeable individual and a genuinely nice bloke. Five star recommendation from me.

Nathan is a first class employment lawyer as he not only has detailed legal knowledge but he is very much in touch with human nature. This is beneficial for a number of reasons: He recognises your own personality type and typical tendencies for irrational behaviour and so subtly guides you to a more sensible solution! His understanding of human nature also means that his predictions regarding the "other sides" next move is typically correct and as such has generally taken it into account with his advice!

There is always someone to help me whenever needed and I do tend to need everything in an emergency! Lupton Fawcett & student accommodation team are always very professional as well as proactive in suggesting improved ways of working. A leading national student accommodation provider with over 24 sites.

Student accommodation provider

1996

Graduated from the University of Sheffield

Qualified as a Solicitor

Joined Lupton Fawcett

Promoted to Senior Associate

Awarded ILM Exceptional Trainer Certificate

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