David Gibson


Specialist in employment law

T: 0191 211 1524

David studied History and Politics and then entered the teaching profession in Liverpool. As he was rather poor at all that he went on and did postgrad study and teaching at University of Newcastle.

David trained and worked in London advising a range of clients from major trade unions to leading media organizations including The Wireless Group, Channel 4 and The Guardian. David relocated to the North East and joined Short Richardson & Forth in 2015.  David has a keen interest in the changing nature of the relationship between work providers and work deliverers and is of the view that the traditional employer-employee relationship is becoming redundant.  He also has expertise in GDPR issues and developing pro-active workplace cultures and practices.

David has extensive experience in advising on employment law across a range of sectors including charities, transport, housing associations and retail.  He offers a practical, solution driven service that quickly identifies problems and ensures business can run smoothly and efficiently.  David has also presented a number of seminars looking at the changing nature of work and the future planning that is required to ensure that the new challenges we all face are approached in a practical and comprehensive manner.

His services include the preparation of key employment documents, dealing with common issues in relation to performance and disputes in the workplace, advising on exit strategies both for employers and employees, corporate advice on share sales and TUPE and training on emerging legislation and equality issues. David has delivered lectures at the Universities of Newcastle and Northumbria on emerging issues and can provide bespoke training to charities to enable them to take proactive steps to ensure compliance with the Code of Practice in relation to Fundraising Regulator requirements.

Having studied and taught International Relations and formerly a member of the Employment Lawyers Association International Committee he has a keen awareness of the importance of close co-operation with legal advisors from across the EU.

"Looking at how work providers can structure the work force to ensure efficiency but also create vibrant work communities-employment law can help in this process. Providing long term solutions and tackling often underlying issues that disrupt effective working"

I enjoy putting one foot in front of the other and seeing how far I can go - usually in a hilly location.