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LexLeyton Spotlight: Simon Mayberry

What does a typical day as an employment law solicitor and business partner to a wide range of employer clients at LexLeyton look like for you?

In a word – busy!  The main reason I chose to specialise in employment law was because I enjoyed the contact with people, so I am pleased that a typical day involves a lot of client meetings, calls and emails.  Given the frequent changes in the law due to Covid-19, we spend a lot of time workshopping particularly tricky queries and preparing updates and documents for clients, to keep them ahead of the game.

I also undertake quite a lot of litigation on behalf of clients, which requires daily attention, along with preparing and delivering seminars for clients and prospective clients.

What is your favourite part about working at LexLeyton?

Working with great colleagues and great clients.  Employment law is incredibly interesting, challenging and fast-moving, so each day I spend a lot of time meeting with clients and colleagues and looking for ways to solve potentially tricky issues.

What are the biggest challenges you face in your job?

Over the last year it has definitely been the pace of change in the law and the lack of clarity in guidance from the Government.  We are used to well thought out and clear legislation, but the way in which Covid-19 has developed has led to a great deal of non-statutory guidance online creating rules which seem to change from week-to-week.

While this has definitely been a real challenge, it has been fun responding to the lack of clarity by taking a considered view and advising clients on my interpretation of the guidance.  I am not a fan of sitting on the fence!

What is your proudest moment at LexLeyton?

The past year has seen us make huge efforts for clients in their struggles with the impact of Coronavirus.  We have delivered countless webinars, updates and provided documents for clients in order to keep them ahead of the game.  It has been a real team effort and I am really proud that we have helped so many companies to survive the trials of 2020 and be in a strong position to bounce back in 2021.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love sport, so the Covid-19 restrictions have been particularly annoying for me!  However, I have found that I really enjoy walking in the hills around Edinburgh so that has been really valuable.  In normal times, I also love travel so I am itching for restrictions to be lifted so that I can get away again!

What is your guilty pleasure?

I’ve recently given up sugar, so there aren’t many guilty pleasures left!  On the plus side, I think that eating Nutella or Biscoff spread from the jar is probably not recommended by doctors or dentists, so perhaps this was a good guilty pleasure to stop! 

What is one thing you can’t live without?

Holidays!  When lockdown was lifted in Scotland in summer 2020 I managed to fit in three trips to the wild North of Scotland in six weeks!

What is your biggest fear?

For some reason, I really don’t like things that reach deep underwater – I really have no idea where this fear came from!  So, my biggest fear is a tie between oil rigs and the legs of bridges.  It’s not one that comes up much in my day-to-day life, but still – terrifying!

What is something that not many people know about you?

Over the course of two weeks, I managed to stalk down and meet 11 of the 15 members of the Scotland 1990 Grand Slam winning rugby team.  I don’t even think that ‘stalk’ is the wrong word – I turned up at some of their houses…

I did it for a speech at my rugby club and got an offer of a legal traineeship from it.  Also none of the players called the Police so it worked out quite well, all things considered.

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