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Greenwoods GRM

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John Macaulay

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Greenwoods GRM

Work Department

Employment and Employee Benefits


Partner / Head of employment.


As a result of John’s employment law specialism – he’s been advising on legal HR issues since 1991 – he is a solicitor that has in-depth knowledge, and, as a result, delivers accurate and insightful solutions when needed.

Having undertaken a number of secondments at major household name organisations working side by side with large and sophisticated HR teams, John understands how legal advice can best be tailored to suit both the commercial needs of the client and the practical realities of working life. He has developed particular experience in assisting clients to successfully navigate their way through large scale business re-organisations and difficult TUPE transfers.  The legal directories have commented that John is ‘distinguished by his skilled handling of large and complex restructurings, involving trade union negotiations’ and have also recognised John’s expertise, stating ‘clients admire him for his “easy explanations of complex and technical points”, remarking on his “impressive understanding of the employer’s point of view” and noting that he is “highly capable of appreciating the challenges facing business and industry”’.

John leads the firm’s HR training programme, delivering seminars and workshops, both regionally and nationally, on a wide range of topics. He also recognises the importance of the human element in any employment matter. He has a degree in psychology and is a trained counsellor. His skill is therefore to deliver practical solutions that will actually work in the highly complex field of human relationships.

East Anglia: Human resources


Within: Leading individuals

John Macaulay - Greenwoods GRM

Within: Employment

Greenwoods GRM has a large employment and employee benefits practice spanning its Cambridge, Peterborough and London offices, with experienced and respected partners in practice heads Robert Dillarstone and John Macaulay. Partners Joanna Scally, who has significantly grown the profile of the Cambridge office, and Peterborough-based Keith Williams are also highly recommended in a practice that acts for large regional employers and, increasingly, London-based corporates.

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Within: Immigration

Greenwoods GRM offers immigration services through its three offices in Cambridge, Peterborough and London. The recruitment of immigration specialist Ina Iteva in London from Deloitte consolidates the work done by John Macaulay's employment team across East Anglia. The firm advises numerous clients in the commercial, not-for-profit and education sectors on matters including licensed sponsor issues; Tier 1, 2 and 5 visas; right to work; and modern slavery statements.

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Within: Pensions

Greenwoods GRM has a specialist pensions consultant in Pauline Anning, who works from both the Peterborough and London offices. She advises on the design, establishment and restructuring of pension arrangements, as well as merging and winding up schemes, negotiating with the Inland Revenue and handling pension-related disputes. Employment practice head John MacAulay and managing partner Robert Dillarstone also handle pensions matters as part of their broader practices.

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East Anglia: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

The charity and not-for-profit practice group at Greenwoods GRM saw its roster of clients grow in 2018 as more regional and national charities turn to it for advice on regulatory, employment and property matters. Regulatory and corporate defence specialist Kathryn Gilbertson, employment partner John Macaulay and lead commercial property partner Stephen Illingworth all play key roles in the practice, which has a long-standing relationship with St Johns Ambulance.

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