Alan Lewis joined Linder Myers in 1990. He became a Partner in 1998 and was responsible for setting up the employment department in Manchester.
Alan now leads the firm’s commercial division – which comprises commercial litigation, commercial property, corporate & commercial and employment. He mainly works from Manchester, although also acts for clients from the Lancashire office.
Alan has considerable experience of representing both employers and senior employees in a wide range of Employment Tribunal and High Court disputes. He specialises in:
- Restrictive covenants and breaches of confidentiality
- Dismissals of directors and senior executives
- Commercial Agents Regulations
- Redundancy and transfer of undertakings
- Unfair dismissal and sex, race and disability discrimination
- Drafting director’s service agreements, contracts of employment and staff handbooks
Examples of Alan Lewis’s success for clients include:
- acting for a company in obtaining an injunction in respect of a former employee, preventing him from dealing with former clients or being employed by a competitor company.
- acting for a Chief Executive in a claim for damages regarding unfair dismissal, stress at work and breach of the Public Interest Disclosure Act, obtaining considerable compensation on her behalf.
- defending a claim against a firm of solicitors for disability discrimination and striking out the claimant’s claim.
- successfully appealing a number of Employment Tribunal decisions in the Employment Appeals Tribunal and Court of Appeal.
Alan is currently:
- advising employers on implementing redundancies
- acting for numerous firms of solicitors and accountants in respect of their employment law issues
- acting for GP practices and individual GPs in respect of employment issues
- acting for a group of employees pursuing a group action arising out of a reduction in their remuneration
- providing regular employment advice to workingmums.co.uk
Alan lives in Lancashire with his wife and son. His hobbies and interests include football, boxing, music (occasional guitar player) and supporting Oldham Athletic.
Alan sums up his approach to work by stating he’s: “friendly, approachable and above all committed to excellence in every case I take on”
Alan was instrumental in setting up the firm’s popular Employ-line scheme which provides outsourced human resources and employment law advice (and insurance) for a fixed fee to employers. He is also recognised as a 'Leading Individual' in the Legal 500.
Year Admitted: 1992
Education: Degree in Economics and Politics (2:1 BA Hons) at Hull University, Common Professional Exam at Chester College of Law and Solicitor’s Final Exam at York College of Law
Memberships: Member of the Employment Lawyers Association
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I found his attention to detail extraordinary and feel that he looked after my best interests during the whole process. I strongly recommend Mr Alan Lewis as an employment lawyer"E.Marandi
"Mr Alan Lewis advised me with regards to my application for voluntary severance of my employment. He explained carefully the offer made to me by my employer, and negotiated two improvements to the offer made to me. I found his attention to detail extraordinary and feel that he looked after my best interests during the whole process. I strongly recommend Mr Alan Lewis as an employment lawyer" E.Marandi
I was kept informed during every stage, and Alan was always at the end of the phone if I needed to call. From start to finish Alan was extremely helpful, friendly and professional, and in honesty, I'm not sure I'd have come out the other side of 2020 had it not been for his help and guidance.
I have already recommended Alan to some contacts and will not hesitate to do so again in the future."
"Alan Lewis at Linder Myers helped me when I left my previous employer. From managing their legal letters, negotiating on my behalf and protecting me in ways I didn't know I needed protecting, this was all the more remarkable given it all took place during Lockdown 1. I was kept informed during every stage, and Alan was always at the end of the phone if I needed to call. From start to finish Alan was extremely helpful, friendly and professional, and in honesty, I'm not sure I'd have come out the other side of 2020 had it not been for his help and guidance. I have already recommended Alan to some contacts and will not hesitate to do so again in the future."
"Linder Myers has provided the Company with trusted employment law advice for a number of years. Alan and the team have taken the time to understand our business, how we operate and have provided us with expert advice and support when needed. Easily contactable offering a friendly, reliable and professional service at all times. Highly recommend Alan and Linder Myers." RMS International
I engaged Linder Myers to assist me with a very difficult matter relating to unpaid bonuses. Sensitivity was required as I remain employed by the firm that I needed to take action against. Alan could not have been more helpful, efficient, attentive or ultimately effective. The desired outcome was achieved with there being no long term damage to my relationship with my employer. In fact, if anything I now have a stronger relationship. I have no hesitation in recommending Linder Myers.
“I used the Law Society website to contact a number recommended solicitors and Alan Lewis was quick to respond, I was comfortable immediately that he was the right choice. He was able to explain my legal position clearly as well as showing compassion for my personal situation which gave me the confidence to tackle my case with my employer. As the case unravelled it became more complicated but Alan was able to engage members of his team resulting in a settlement at the maximum level. I am grateful to Alan and his team for being immediately available throughout and the professional way they conducted themselves, I would not hesitate to recommend their service.”
"Linder Myers LLP’s (employment) team is particularly experienced in the medical sector. Practice head Alan Lewis and William O’Neill are recommended." Legal 500 (2015)
"Linder Myers LLP’s ‘knowledgeable’ (employment) team is appreciated for its ‘quick responses’ and ‘solid advice’, acting for a range of senior individuals and directors." Legal 500 (2015)
"Just a quick note to say thank you for helping me in my dispute. I couldn’t have had a successful outcome without your help. It was very much appreciated. Thank you so very much."
"Team head Alan Lewis is ‘excellent’, and has ‘a down-to-earth approach." Legal 500 (2015)
“Linder Myers has particular expertise in the medical and legal sectors and counts the Medical Defence Shield and the National Association of Retired Police Officers as clients. Alan Lewis and William O’Neill are recommended.” Legal 500 2016
“At Linder Myers, Alan Lewis is skilled at advising directors, senior executives and individual solicitors in employment disputes. William O’Neill regularly conducts cases in the Employment Appeals Tribunal.” Legal 500 2016
“Alan Lewis has provided employment law support to our Company for a number of years. He has made it his business to understand the nuances of our work environment and culture and the advice he gives is practical and within context for our business. He is a great sounding board and always provides relevant and meaningful case law examples to help us find the right solution for us.” Helen Christie, Rayburn Trading Limited
“Alan has provided the RMS business with a first class support on all aspects of our HR requirements for very many years. We have always found his advice to be clear and concise and provided with a thorough understanding of RMS and its objectives. Alan has successfully defended Employment Tribunal claims, protected the business in matters related to grievances & redundancies and given good quality support service to our in-house HR, exactly what our business needs and relies upon.” Jon Hammond - RMS International PLC - Group Finance Director
“I have been a client of Linder Myers, in its current and former incarnations, for over 30 years – in that time the standard of service which they have provided has never been anything less than outstanding. As my business has expanded over the last few years I have had to deal with some very challenging HR issues – Alan Lewis, head of Employment, has provided consistently first-class, reliable advice, always delivered in the supportive and reassuring manner that was needed."
It is always a pleasure dealing with you and we always get a warm reception and feel supported...My partner nearly had a breakdown on this and felt very low but with your support it carried her through this tough time. We felt very isolated until she had your backing..."
"I just want to express our thanks on this case. We are both happy with the result which was a bit of a tough nut to crack but you did it. It is always a pleasure dealing with you and we always get a warm reception and feel supported...My partner nearly had a breakdown on this and felt very low but with your support it carried her through this tough time. We felt very isolated until she had your backing..."
“He has provided us with first-class support. We have always found his advice to be clear and concise.” (Chambers 2015 UK)
They are to be highly recommended”
“Alan and his team dealt with my claim both efficiently and very quickly, they identified the areas where my Employer had been completely unreasonable and made sure that I achieved an equitable and fair solution for the way I have been treated and the stress that this caused. They are to be highly recommended”
“He is an amazing lawyer whose phone is on all the time!” (Chambers 2015)
“Alan Lewis always goes the extra mile” (Legal 500 2014 )
"I contacted Alan at Linder Myers in relation to my compromise agreement with a Greater Manchester Police. From the initial contact I received a very prompt, friendly and professional service, being kept up to date every step of the way. Upon meeting Alan the day after our first communication, he was very friendly and thorough. In essence I would recommend Alan to anyone in the same position as I was if you want a friendly professional service." Martin Williamson
"I would like to thank you for the prompt and efficient way in which you have dealt with my friend. Redundancy at any age comes as a blow and at his time of life, combined with the health issue, only compounded his dismay. He has told me how pleased he is with the uplift in settlement you secured on his behalf which makes a significant difference to his financial situation."
"The ‘highly competent’ Alan Lewis heads the [employment] team." the Legal 500, 2011
"Linder Myers LLP's practice is led by the 'first class' Alan Lewis." (the Legal 500, 2012)
“Linder Myers LLP has been representing a number of managing directors in discrimination claims. Department head Alan Lewis is conscientious, knows the law and has a very practical approach to litigation settlement.” (the Legal 500, 2013 – Employment: employee/union firms section)
"I would like to give a personal thank you to all the staff who had involvement with this case and the professional approach in which has been dealt with. The Tribunal was a day I will remember for the rest of my life. The professionalism shown by the appointed barrister was outstanding, as has been all the efforts leading up to the grand finale. The other solicitor never stood a chance, I watched in disbelief as he was systematically torn to pieces in what I can only describe as a comedy show. If this scene was ever to be put on stage I would pay to go and see it again, it really was quality. Once again Linder Myers have been 100% successful in winning the case for me, and I am very happy with the financial outcome. Once again Alan, thank you for everything." Neil Goldsmith
"Alan was recommended to myself to act on my behalf when seeking ill health retirement from the Police. He made myself and my wife feel at ease immediately, and fully explained the legal implications of the settlement agreement I was signing. I would not hesitate in recommending Alan or his team to anyone." Mr G Bunting
"The employment team at Linder Myers LLP is headed by Alan Lewis who has considerable experience and a good grasp of the commercial realities of respondent litigation." Legal 500 2013
"I turned to Alan after he was recommended to me and I couldn’t have been more impressed. Up against an urgent deadline, Alan responded quickly with advice that made all the difference to my redundancy situation. Not only was he responsive, but he also listened and spent time to figure out the best approach for my particular situation. He also explained everything in plain English. I’d recommend anyone who needs a top employment lawyer to contact Alan."
"Alan Lewis heads the practice at Linder Myers, which receives regular referrals from other solicitors, counsel and accountants. Lewis also specialises in advice to commercial agents." Legal 500
"He is as professional as you can get - he is superb." - Chambers and Partners 2017
"Thank you for the way you dealt with [my] claim for unfair dismissal. I would highly recommend you in the future for your efficiency, promptness and compassion."
In particular, Alan Lewis in the Employment Department is a most experienced subject expert; friendly but always to the point and unfailingly across the issues. He and the team are always available and demonstrate the flexibility required when dealing with complex issues”. J Baldwin
“I have used Linder Myers a number of times for employment and property work and have never been disappointed. In particular, Alan Lewis in the Employment Department is a most experienced subject expert; friendly but always to the point and unfailingly across the issues. He and the team are always available and demonstrate the flexibility required when dealing with complex issues”. J Baldwin
"Linder Myers has an ‘impressive practice that specialises in complex employment cases’. It has a particular expertise in ‘complicated employee discrimination cases’ and ‘is now emerging to compete way above its relative size’. Department head is the ‘very approachable’ Alan Lewis, who has a ‘wealth of experience coupled with an ability to master the facts in heavy cases and a great legal insight into the key points’. Lewis has a strong reputation for acting on behalf of directors, senior executives and individual solicitors in employment disputes. He regularly advises on diverse areas such as restrictive covenants and breaches of confidentiality, redundancy, dismissals of directors and senior executives as well as drafting directors’ service agreements and contracts of employment." Legal 500 2019
"Alan Lewis heads the team at Linder Myers and has considerable experience of representing employers and senior employees on a wide range of employment tribunal and High Court disputes. The team routinely acts for SMEs especially in the medical and legal sectors." Legal 500 2019
“Very many thanks to Alan Lewis who represented me in a voluntary redundancy settlement agreement with my employer. He provided a no-nonsense professional service, reassuring me by talking me through the legal jargon and negotiating with my employer on my behalf to get a better settlement agreement."
"Can I just say thank you for your help its great having direct communication with a solicitor rather than a call centre"