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.

He decided to enter the legal profession and trained and worked in London advising a range of clients from major trade unions to leading media organizations. 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.  David has extensive experience of advising charities over the years and is chair of a local charity which works with homeless people in Newcastle.  David has recently established a niche unit specialising in advising charities in relation to the Code of Practice issued by the Fundraising Regulator.  David can provide bespoke training to charities to enable them to take proactive steps to ensure compliance with the Code.  Having advised charities he is aware of the specific issues that can arise and how the Code can impact on employment practices.

He advises a range of clients from the transport sector through to care/education clients  on employment issues.  David has a keen interest in corporate governance and regularly provides training to company directors.  He is also a member of the Charity Law Association.

"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.