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Shulmans LLP

Work 0113 245 2833
Fax 0113 246 7326
729700 LEEDS 69
Leeds, London

Jim Wright

Work 0113 297 8938
Shulmans LLP

Work Department

Employment & HR

Jim is a commercial and innovative employment law partner, with significant experience in all legal issues including strategic human resource issues, business transfers, commercial agreements and employment litigation.

Described by an independent professional directory as delivering “commercial and practical advice”, Jim has particular expertise in:

  • Employment taxes
  • TUPE, restructuring and redundancy
  • Discrimination
  • Industrial relations
  • Agency workers and alternative work models
  • Strategic HR project support
  • Employment Tribunal, dispute resolution and negotiation
  • International and cross-border employment law and employment tax issues

Jim has specific experience in the professional and financial services, recruitment and transport sectors. Jim acts for a wide variety of clients, including large employers and household names.

Jim is a full member of the Institute of Directors and the Employment Lawyers Association.

In helping Shulmans to deliver excellent service to our clients from an international perspective, Jim connects the firm with its network of international lawyers, Interlegal.  Jim serves on the board of Interlegal and his international expertise means he has recently spoken at events in Russia, Luxembourg, Montreal, Barcelona, New York and Thessaloniki.  Jim is also the editor of “Legal and Tax issues around the world – starting and growing a business” a comparative guide as to company formation, operation and taxation in 18 jurisdictions.

Jim’s litigation practice is primarily defending employers against complex employment litigation matters.  A recent example from 2019 is his successful defence of Ghana International Bank Plc against a claim for £6million by an ex-director.  Jim’s defence led to the employer being successful at first instance and the appeal: Arthur –v- Ghana International Bank PLC: UKEAT/0203/18/RN

Yorkshire and the Humber


Within: Transport

The niche road transport services team at Shulmans LLP handles regulatory and compliance related work, employment, commercial contracts, and environmental and health and safety advice to its national client list. Richard Wadkin heads up the practice and has particular expertise dealing with public inquiry and defence work for transport and logistics operators. Wadkin, alongside Clare Benger, acted for Eco Drill (England) in providing complex advice requiring interpretation tachographs and excise exemptions , drivers’ and operators’ licences, as well as representing the company at a public inquiry. The team also defended Eco Drill's driver Andrew Burton, successfully achieving a discontinuance of magistrates’ court proceedings. Jim Wright is also a key name to note, particularly for employment-related advice, and is instructed by Driver Hire Group Services to advise on road transport regulatory issues, employment law, tax and commercial law.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Within: Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

The 'knowledgeable and proactive' employment practice at Shulmans LLP offers a 'professional, approachable and sympathetic' approach to contentious and advisory matters. Ian Dawson and Jim Wright jointly head the practice which has particular expertise across the professional services, independent schools, manufacturing and the regulatory sectors. Wright led a team which successfully defended Ghana International Bank in claims brought by a former director who was dismissed for gross misconduct. In another work highlight, the group is advising Hartlepool Sixth Form College on all employment aspects of its merger with Sunderland College, including on TUPE implications. The 'calm, thoughtful, unflappable and intelligent' Tom Watkins was recently promoted to partner.

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