Simon Rhodes, Senior Partner & Head of Employment

  • 023 8082 0547
  • 07884 184 613
  • Team:Employment
  • Office:Southampton

Top Ranked Chambers UK Logo 2014 - Simon RhodesSimon is a vastly experienced employment lawyer and regularly advises a wide range of employer clients including multi-nationals, national brands and plcs. Simon has a wealth of experience across all market sectors including recruitment, manufacturing, distribution, leisure, I.T., construction and the NHS. Simon specialises in advising employers on recruitment and terminations, transfers of undertakings (TUPE), disputes involving restrictive covenants, collective redundancies and discrimination.

Simon is known for giving “very practical” advice and has been described by clients as “very pro-active" and "very down to earth”. If issues become difficult and contentious, then Simon comes into his own. Simon has an impeccable track record when representing clients at Employment Tribunal.

Simon is also the Firm’s Senior Partner.

Chambers (2018) recognise Simon as a notable practitioner along with having a deep experience handling all aspects of employment law ranging from restrictive covenants and discrimination claims to TUPE and outsourcing issues. Clients say he is "very user friendly, approachable, patient and someone who takes the time to listen."

Legal 500 (2017) has recommended Simon as regularly advising corporate and commercial clients on TUPE issues.


  • Joined Trethowans as Partner and Head of Employment in January 2005
  • Became Managing Partner at Trethowans in June 2009 until March 2015
  • Head of Employment and Senior Partner from April 2015, ongoing

Professional Qualifications, Accreditations and Memberships

  • Member of the Employment Lawyers' Association
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession (2016) describes Simon as a "very good commercially focused employment lawyer who understands the particulars of the business he is advising and tailors his advice to this."
  • Legal 500 (2015) describes Simon as "outstanding."

Specialist Areas

  • Complex recruitment and termination negotiations
  • Transfer of Undertakings (TUPE)
  • Dispute involving restrictive covenants
  • Collective redundancies
  • Discrimination issues


  • Trustee of the Southampton Cultural Development Trust
  • Member of the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce Southampton Business Board
  • Co-founder and co-organiser of the Solent Business Growth Summit
  • Co-founder and co-organiser of Salisbury Big Business Event
  • Chair of Future Southampton 2014-2015