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Paul Jennings

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Bates Wells Braithwaite


Paul is a specialist employment and discrimination lawyer. He advises employers and senior executives on the full range of legal issues connected with employment, including the formation and termination of the employment relationship, litigation, large-scale redundancies, TUPE, share options, and bonus disputes. His corporate and institutional clients include media organisations, financial institutions, charities (including schools), technology companies, and professional firms (including other law firms and barristers chambers). His litigation experience includes pursuing and defending cases in the Employment Tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the High Court, and the Court of Appeal. Examples of recent work include: conducting a successful appeal in the case of Charm Offensive Productions v Lazarov and ors a test case concerning the employment status of actors; advising an organisation in respect of contractual changes, achieving savings in excess of £5m; successfully defending a household name business facing class action litigation worth in excess of £1.5m; advising a senior director at a global technology company on contractual terms, bonus provisions and share options; successfully defending an international airline facing claims of sex discrimination and unfair dismissal (before the Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal); successfully acting as advocate for an education institution facing claims of religion or belief discrimination in Shaikh v Tribal Education Ltd (ET/2201677/12); and defending a national charity against a serial litigant and acting as advocate in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal.


Trained Rowley Ashworth; Rowley Ashworth 2005-2008; Eversheds 2008- 2011; Bates Wells Braithwaite 2011 to date. Current directorships: Trustee and Director of School 21.


ILS; ELA; committee member, ELA.


St Simon Stock RC, Maidstone, Kent; Bristol University; the University of Kent; and the College of Law (London).

London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Bates Wells Braithwaite 'knows the charity and education sectors inside out' and counts British Red Cross and the Royal College of Physiatrists as notable clients. In a recent highlight, department head Lucy McLynn acted for St John's Downshire Hill in a case regarding the dismissal of the church's minister and alleged marriage discrimination issues; further mandates for the group include advising on the merger between the Capital City College Group and the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London; representing the claimants in the high-profile Uber gig economy case, and acting for a claimant in the gig economy case with CitySprint. On the senior executive side, the group's work encompasses remuneration and bonus issues, workplace disputes, restrictive covenants and breach of contract claims. The 'excellent' William Garnett is the key name for senior executive work and boardroom disputes and Paul Jennings is recommended for class actions and test cases. Paul Seath and the 'highly commercial' Martin Bunch are also key contacts.

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London: Public sector

Education: schools

Within: Education: schools

Bates Wells Braithwaite has 'a specialist team of outstanding experts in education backed up by first-rate solicitors in employment, property and public policy'. It provides advice to early years education providers, schools, academies, multi-academy trusts and their sponsors on the full range of practice areas including charity law. Practice head Caraline Johnson assisted the Mulberry School for Girls with setting up the Mulberry Schools Trust and continues to advise on its expansion. Emma Dowden-Teale, who was recently made up to partner, has a focus on the regulatory side, investigations and appeals to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal and Paul Jennings has a wealth of experience advising educational establishments on employment law. Mary Groom has retired from the practice but continues as legal adviser to the secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nursery Schools.

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