Terry Falcao

Head of Employment

  01392 210700

Terry is a partner and the head of the employment law team.  He conducts litigation giving practical advice, guiding clients on tactics in complex disputes and always seeking workable solutions.  His team also advises on employment and HR issues for companies throughout the UK.

Terry is an experienced litigator but also a strong advocate of resolving disputes at an early stage to avoid lengthy and costly litigation. He is one of the few qualified employment disputes mediators in the South West.

He is ranked in Chambers and recommended in Legal 500 as “efficient, knowledgeable, and expert in the area.”  

Chambers 2018  "He is calm, very professional and knowledgeable, and he guided us expertly through what could have become a very heated situation."

Terry has represented national and international companies, as well as charitable and public sector organisations.  He is very familiar with local authority issues and how they work, the relationships between members, officers and third party providers.

He also has extensive expertise in the food and drink, minerals and hospitality sectors, advising businesses and employees on a variety of employment issues relevant to the sectors such as working time, breaks and casual workers.

Terry is regularly instructed by medical professionals in respect of Medical Practitioners Tribunal proceedings (MPTS), dealing with disciplinary issues involving GPs, consultants, psychiatrists and other medical experts, and the Nursing and Midwifery Council  concerning internal disciplinary issues affecting nurses and nursing assistants.

His works includes:

  • advising four nurses, two psychiatrists, a trainee doctor and a consultant surgeon in relation to a number of claims including race, age and disability discrimination, unfair dismissal and whistle-blowing
  • providing advice in relation to the purchase of a private school, including a restructure and redundancy exercise involving over 40 staff, which required negotiation and consultation with unions and staff representatives
  • successful representation of and tribunal advocacy for an employee who whilst at work posted a selfie wearing an Osama bin Laden mask on his Facebook profile. The case was reported in the national newspapers and highlighted the fast changing case law for social media related dismissals
  • advising a town council in relation to a long-term sickness absence issue and negotiating a commercial settlement for claims including constructive unfair dismissal and disability discrimination
  • advising a headmistress in relation to claims for constructive unfair dismissal and sex discrimination. The case was successfully settled shortly before the full merits hearing amid a great deal of local media attention
  • representing the European arm of a company based in New Zealand which closed its UK operation, requiring the transfer of 10 sales executives to another UK company and the redundancy of 10 engineers and other employees
  • advising a college in relation to an unusual claim for disability discrimination relating to an employee going through the menopause

Terry is a member of the Employment  Lawyers Association and is an elected town Councillor.

Outside of work, Terry keeps fit through hiking and going to the gym. He also enjoys live music (particularly Glastonbury) and motorcycling.

Recommended Lawyer - Legal 500 2017: "Stephens Scown LLP is a leader in the employment field. The outstanding Terry Falcao is very experienced and confident.  Legal 500 is an independent guide to the legal profession who recognises top lawyers.

"Terry acted excellently on my behalf and achieved a good result for me and my family.  He always had my best interests at heart" Happy Client

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