Terry Falcao


  01392 210700

Terry is a partner and the head of the employment law team. Terry mainly carries out contentious work and he is heavily involved in disputes which look likely to become litigated or alternatively are already being litigated. He is well known for his approach to disputes, giving practical advice, guiding clients on tactics in complex disputes and always seeking workable solutions. He does also carry out larger HR projects involving workforce and organisational development. His team also advises on employment and HR issues for companies throughout the UK.

Terry qualified in September 2002 and is extremely experienced both in terms of litigation 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. Since joining Stephens Scown he has acted on over 750 matters

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 (NMC) concerning internal disciplinary issues affecting nurses and nursing assistants. He has represented Dental specialists, Opticians and other Healthcare professionals.

His work in the recent past includes:

  • advising nurses, psychiatrists, doctors and consultant surgeons in relation to a number of claims including race, age and disability discrimination, unfair dismissal and whistle-blowing
  • providing advice in relation to the purchases of businesses, academisation of schools and TUPE issues, and restructures and redundancy exercises. He has also negotiated with unions and staff representatives
  • successful representation of and tribunal advocacy in lengthy cases for large national brand partners of a large national charity involving whistleblowing and discrimination – subject of extensive local media coverage
  • successful representation and costs applications in cases of unfair dismissal and whistleblowing for a professional services company and a large beverage company by senior employees
  • representing solicitors firms and accountants in terms of disputes with very senior members
  • advising a college in relation to an unusual claim for discrimination on the grounds of religion and philosophical belief relating to a self styled priest who was a teacher and held and disseminated islamophobic views

Terry has also advised extensively (as in-house Counsel) in relation to a League 2 EFL Football club in terms of senior contracts, transfers and a football Tribunal.

Terry is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and is an elected town Councillor. He has been the Chairman of an academy strategic board.

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

Personal testimonials:

Legal 500 (2020) - Leading Individual -  Terry Falcao

Chamber 2019 valued for his sensitive and thorough handling of reorganisations, redundancies and dispute resolution. He is praised by one client, as he "really makes himself part of the team and is interested in the outcomes we want."

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

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

"Highly professional and personalised service. No words can express the huge positive impact it has made to my life" Happy Client

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