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Jonathan Naylor

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Jonathan is a partner and leads the Thames Valley employment team. Having qualified as a barrister, Jonathan is an experienced Tribunal advocate, who advises clients on all aspects of the employment relationship, including contracts of employment, transfers of undertakings, equality and discrimination law and termination of employment. Jonathan is a skilled trainer, presenting training for clients on a regular basis. Recent topics for training have included TUPE, handling redundancy processes, managing sickness absence, equality and diversity, avoiding Tribunal claims and the legal issues involved in monitoring employee use of email and the Internet. Jonathan has substantial experience in defending Employment Tribunal claims and appeals at the Employment Appeal Tribunal. He manages the entire Tribunal caseload for one of Shoosmiths' largest clients, has successfully defended a number of clients from allegations of discrimination, has secured costs awards for clients following the defence of claims and advised employers on the application of restrictive covenants to departing employees. Jonathan acts for a range of significant clients, including Hewlett-Packard Limited, The National Trust, Victim Support, Regus, Wilson James, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Prudential Health Services Limited.


Trained King's Chambers, East Sussex; qualified 1996; King's Chambers 1996-2000; barrister Morgan Cole 2000-07; barrister Shoosmiths 2007-12; partner Shoosmiths 2012-todate




Employment Law Bar Association; Employment Lawyers Association.


Sheldon School, Chippenham; University College London (1993 LLB (Hons); Bar Vocational Course (1995)


Theatre, cinema, rugby, cricket.

South East: Human resources

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

At Shoosmiths LLP, ‘advice is always given with the wider commercial context in mind’. The team is experienced in a range of employment work as well as business immigration matters. Jonathan Naylor leads the Reading practice and advises on a full range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues; recently he successfully had claims against client Wilson James for unfair dismissal and discrimination dismissed on all grounds as completely unfounded. National department head Kevin McCavish has particular expertise in the financial services sector and also acts for international companies, being the client partner for Fisher-Price, HiT Entertainment and Calor Gas, among others. McCavish and pensions partner Heather Chandler acted for The National Trust on its re-acquisition of Shugborough Hall, which involved negotiating the terms of transfer relating to employees, collective consultation with employee representatives, individual consultation with employees and ultimately their hiring or dismissal. Paula Rome is highly regarded for CAC hearings, high-profile exits, non-contentious trade union work and employment work related to corporate deals. Clients also include Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Old Mutual Global Investors and the Open University.

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