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William Garnett

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Bates Wells Braithwaite

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Partner in Employment team


Partner leading the employment team (12 lawyers of which four are partners). He frequently advises large employers in the voluntary and quasi-public sector on the widest range of employment law disputes including senior staff. William increasingly acts for senior individuals in industry and the City, negotiating arrivals and departures, resolving board room disputes, regulatory issues, remuneration and bonus disputes. William has a particular expertise in post-termination restrictions and in managing discrimination claims of all types.


Articled Bates Wells Braithwaite; qualified 1986; partner 1991; frequent lecturer at national conferences on employment law; regular contributor to a number of publications, including ‘Third Sector’ and ‘Charity Finance’; frequently quoted in the media on employment law matters and has undertaken a number of television interviews, both for the BBC and Sky.


Employment Lawyers Association.


University College School; Kent University (1982 BA).


Sailing (Royal Yacht Squadron Seaview Yacht Club), opera, politics.

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: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

Bates Wells Braithwaite’s education service is headed by Caraline Johnson. It is hailed for 'providing a specialist team of outstanding experts in education backed up by first-rate solicitors in employment, property and public policy'. On the employment side, William Garnett assists colleges; he counts the Association of Colleges among his clients and is considered to have a 'richly deserved national reputation'. Other core team members include Lucy McLynn and recently promoted partner Emma Dowden-Teale, who handles regulatory and safeguarding laws. In a highlight matter, the team advised Bromley College (and Greenwich and Bexley Colleges) on the proposed merger between Bromley and Greenwich, a highly complex matter that included the design of a partnership management model. It is also advising Trinity College London on employment, real estate, IP, governance and commercial matters. Julian Blake has recently moved to Stone King LLP.

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