By: 23 October 2017
Halifax solicitor Jon Dyson says farewell to the profession after twenty-seven years

One of Halifax’s most experienced legal experts is bidding farewell to colleagues after almost three decades of service.

Jon Dyson, who has been a familiar face at Wilkinson Woodward Solicitors, is retiring after twenty-seven years of service.

Dyson studied law at Durham University and began his legal career as an articled clerk in the early 1980s before qualifying and joining Wilkinson Woodward in 1990. With a keen interest in employment law issues, by the mid-1990s he had set up the firm’s employment law department and he has specialised in employment law matters for over twenty years.

He has developed a reputation for expertise in all aspects of employment law, particularly in cases of discrimination, negotiating employee settlement agreements and disputes relating to shareholders rights, unfair prejudice and confidential information. His many career highlights include a successful sex discrimination case against BT in which an employee was awarded £293,000.

In 1992, Dyson became a partner at the firm and was appointed as a director when the practice incorporated following a merger in 2012 with Huddersfield-based solicitors Norcliffe and Co.

A member of the Employment Lawyers Association, Dyson has been a familiar face at employment tribunals. In recent years he has supported the legal clinic run by the Law School at the University of Huddersfield.

“Since my early days as an articled clerk, I’ve witnessed enormous change in the field of employment law, not least the impact of European Union legislation,” said Dyson (pictured below).

“Today’s employees have better rights than ever before and the recent abolition of employment law tribunal fees is improving workers’ access to justice.”

“I’m proud to have successfully represented clients in some very hard-fought legal battles and am fortunate to have worked with one of Calderdale’s most established and respected legal practices.”

Maureen Cawthorn, the managing director of Wilkinson Woodward, said: “Jon’s reputation in handling issues of discrimination has been built over many years of successful cases. Over the years his legal expertise has been greatly valued by employers and employees alike. We wish Jon a long and happy retirement.”