Roderick is an accomplished advocate, litigator and tactician. He has a formidable reputation for both his technical legal expertise and his trial advocacy.
His practice encompasses:
• all aspects of employment litigation, including personal injury claims by employees in respect of psychiatric injury caused by stress at work
• all aspects of family finance, upon the breakdown of marriages or other relationships
• all aspects of sports regulation, with a particular emphasis on cases within the jurisdiction of the British Horseracing Authority
• all aspects of professional regulation, with a particular emphasis on cases before the General Medical Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Health Professionals Council
Roderick’s clients are typically:
• senior executives and all kinds of employers (public and private) in employment disputes, including stress at work personal injury cases
• high net worth individuals in family financial disputes
• doctors, nurses and paramedics in hearings before the GMC, NMC and HPC
• jockeys, trainers and owners in cases within the jurisdiction of the British Horseracing Authority
He has represented teachers, policemen, prison officers, soldiers, solicitors, doctors, dentists, nurses, health visitors, paramedics, company directors, jockeys, trainers, owners, bookmakers, farmers, NHS Trusts, small, medium and large companies, utility, service and manufacturing companies, professional partnerships and Trade Unions.
Highly recommended in the Chambers & Partners Guide to the Legal Profession down the years, Roderick consistently receives excellent feedback from clients. He has been variously described in Chambers & Partners as having or being:
- a high-profile practice with a particular emphasis on appearing in discrimination cases
- outstanding cross examination skills and unflappable demeanour
- excellent grasp of the full spectrum of law
- approachable and user-friendly
- exceptional grasp of intricate employment issues
- down-to-earth and non-stuffy approach
- unique knowledge of the racing and bloodstock sector
- pithy and insightful analysis
Client testimonials have described him as:
- a legend
- very gentle and respectful with beautiful manners
- just the very best person to have with you in those circumstances
- simply awesome
- absolutely brilliant
Roderick has huge experience of employment disputes, and has appeared in hundreds of hearings before the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal, as well as many hearings before the High Court and Court of Appeal.
Roderick specialises in all areas of employment law within the jurisdiction of the Employment Tribunal and the High Court:
- unfair dismissal, employment protection including redundancy, TUPE, whistle-blowing, family friendly/flexible working, collective rights and discrimination
- bonus claims, interim injunctive relief, breach of express/implied terms of the contract of employment, breach of fiduciary duties, restrictive covenants, breach of confidence, restraint of trade, springboard relief, stress at work personal injury claims and shareholder disputes under s994 of the Companies Act 2006
He has appeared in many reported cases, some of which are set out below, including the ground breaking stress at work claim Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd v Daw  ICR 1318.
Other notable cases include:
- Cerberus v Rowley  IRLR 160 – on the measure of damages for wrongful dismissal
- Miller Bros v Johnston  IRLR 386 – on the limitations on the contractual jurisdiction of Employment Tribunals
- Dunnachie v Kingston upon Hull City Council  IRLR – on the heads of loss recoverable for unfair dismissal
- Armitage v Weir Valves and Controls (UK) Ltd  ICR 371 - on the strike out test in Employment Tribunals
Roderick is an expert in all aspects of family finance. His practice covers all family financial work within the jurisdiction of the County Court and High Court, including Financial Remedies on Dissolution of Marriage/Civil Partnership and on Judicial Separation, Applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 and Claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (cohabitee disputes). He has extensive experience in claims brought to challenge Wills under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. He also has experience in Child Support Appeals before the First Tier Tribunal.
Roderick is entirely at home in complex and large asset cases. He has considerable experience in:
- cases involving farms; from a rural and farming background himself, he is particularly attuned to the vagaries and intricacies of single farm payments, valuation and liquidity issues
- cases involving equestrian enterprises; an accomplished horseman, Roderick has ridden all his life, has ridden in races and competed in a variety of equestrian disciplines; he was recently instructed in the divorce of a leading international event rider
- cases involving pre-marital or extra-marital contribution, whether by gift, inheritance or otherwise; such issues often arise in farming cases
- cases involving business assets and needing expert input, whether regarding valuation, liquidity or income generating ability
- cases involving non-disclosure and requiring high levels of forensic scrutiny
- cases involving complex remuneration packages including discretionary bonus and share schemes; he has demonstrated on numerous occasions the value of a knowledge of employment law within family finance disputes
- cases involving insolvency.
A stand-out quality which is particularly relevant to his family practice is Roderick’s versatility and ability to combine both “soft skills” and “hard skills”. He is acutely aware that clients in family cases are often going through a particularly harrowing period of their lives.
A recent client in a TOLATA dispute described him as "outstanding". A recent client in a divorce referred to him as "just the very best person to have with you in those circumstances" and "very gentle and respectful with beautiful manners".
Roderick is firmly established as one of the “go to” barristers for jockeys, trainers, owners and others licensed by or subject to the jurisdiction of the British Horseracing Authority. He is regularly instructed or recommended by the main trade bodies such as the National Trainers’ Federation. He has been instructed in all manner of cases that come before the three Panels of the BHA (Licensing, Disciplinary and Appeal): including lay-betting, running and riding, horse welfare, whether an applicant for a licence is a fit and proper person and so on. He has a thorough knowledge of the Rules of Racing. In 2016, he presented a number of seminars around the counry to NTF members on running and riding issues. He contributed to the BHA's Integrity Review and was consulted as part of the Quinlan review of the operation of the BHA Panels. He was also consulted by the BHA with regard to their re-write of the Rules in 2017.
In addition to his regulatory work in racing he has been instructed in a number of contractual/commercial cases, such as ownership disputes and allegations by owners of breach of duty against trainers.
Recent clients include a number of leading names in the sport, as well as many rank and file participants. Roderick represented Harry Findlay (legendary owner and professional gambler) before the Appeal Board and secured the complete removal of the disqualification imposed on him for laying his own horse to lose on the betting exchanges. Harry said "Roderick stepped up to the plate when it really mattered". Another client (a leading trainer) described Roderick's advocacy as "absolutely brilliant" having been acquitted of BHA charges on horse welfare issues and of breaches of duty to an owner.
Roderick worked in racing before going to University and is a natural and accomplished horseman in his own right. He has regularly put his knowledge of racing and horses to good use in all his work. As Dawn Bacchus of the National Trainers’ Federation put it: “Roderick’s sharp legal mind combines with an in-depth knowledge of the Rules of Racing, a thorough understanding of the sport and a real knowledge of horses”.
The Chambers and Partners Guide to the Legal Profession has referred to Roderick's "unique knowledge of the racing and bloodstock sector".
An experienced regulatory lawyer, Roderick regularly advises and represents other professionals including fellow lawyers and in particular those working in the health and care sectors.
Recent clients include:
• a paramedic appearing before the Health Professionals Council accused of unprofessional conduct when attending a homebirth
• a midwife appearing before the Nursing and Midwifery Council accused of failing to refer families in need to social services
• a registered care home manager accused of fraudulent practices
• a doctor challenging his failure to be awarded consultant status