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Bates Wells

Employment

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What the team is known for

Renowned for its expert employment work for major charities and educational institutions. The team advises on the full gamut of employment law, with expertise in senior executive and TUPE matters. Also provides employment support on corporate transactions, as well as general HR and internal policy issues. Recent work has included advising on claims for clients working within the 'gig economy'.

Strengths

Clients comment that "the firm warrants the excellent reputation it has; the team's strengths are their great attention to detail and understanding of the law."

Others note that "the service they provide is outstanding; they have a real knowledge of complex employment issues and a compassionate attitude."

Others highlight that the firm "understands the charity sector and provides good customer service and pragmatic support ensuring we have the right tactical advice."

Work highlights

Advised HanmiGlobal on the employment aspects of the acquisition of K2 Consultancy Group UK.

Notable practitioners

Lucy McLynn is acknowledged as an expert adviser to non-profit businesses and charities. She regularly assists clients with matters such as grievance and discrimination claims.
"She's brilliant; she's incredibly supportive and available, and she is extremely knowledgeable." "She has fantastic legal knowledge." "Her pragmatic approach is so refreshing and she always makes time to explain her thinking."

Paul Jennings is a skilled practitioner known for his astute representation of senior executives. He is also experienced handling significant worker status cases.
"He has a very calm and practical approach." "A bastion of clarity, good advice and support." "Calm and reassuring, he sets out options clearly and in a jargon-free way allowing people to make a clear and informed choice."

Paul Seath advises charities and not-for-profit organisations on a broad array of employment issues. He is experienced in matters such as dismissals and discrimination claims.
"He is extremely pragmatic and gives excellent advice that is always relevant and tailored." "He is excellent - always quick to respond and does so in clear, practical terms."

Rachel Mathieson assists clients with matters ranging from whistle-blowing to restrictive covenants. She has particular expertise in the financial services sector.
"She has in-depth knowledge of employment law and provides pragmatic and tailored advice." "She is hugely supportive and knowledgeable." "She provides very helpful and incisive advice."

William Garnett maintains a longstanding practice that focuses in large part on the representation of senior employees. He is sought after for matters including whistle-blowing, company exits and restrictive covenants.
"He is immensely experienced; his strength is his ability to provide grounded advice enabling a focused approach." "He has a razor-sharp mind and can see the bigger picture."

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Overview

We manage risk and resolve disputes for employers and employees. We’ve sat on both sides of the table – so we’re better than most at seeing issues from every angle and predicting how each side will act.

We don’t just apply the letter of the law. We think about the outcome you want, then find the most practical ways to achieve it.

We’ve handled many high-profile test cases in the higher courts, both in the UK and Europe. We’re also particularly well-known for working with charities and the public sector.

For more information, visit https://bateswells.co.uk/services/employment/ 



Employment Department

Bates Wells

firm
Department location

10 Queen Street Place

London

Greater London

UK

EC4R 1BE

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London (Firms)

Employment: Employer: Third Sector


Lucy McLynn
Band 1
Paul Seath
Band 2

Employment: Senior Executive


Paul Jennings
Band 4
Rachel Mathieson
Associates to watch
William Garnett
Band 2