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Robert Whitaker

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Tees Law

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Employment Law


Head of Employment and Business Law Department


Robert has had over 17 years at Tees, training with them and being promoted over time. Prior to working with Tees, he worked with the Court service. Robert continues to lead the firm's business law team across the firm which continues to enjoy considerable growth and development with a number of senior appointments to the team. The firm is recognised or its holistic approach to advising businesses on the full range of legal issues and in his field Robert has particualr expertise in advising on strategy and law on reorganisations, TUPE, and advising on discrimination claims and issues, in particular disability claims. He is also experienced in advising on data protection which, with the advent of GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 has seen the team being sought out for advise, and training.


Employment Lawyers Association.


Turnford School, Herts; University of Kent at Canterbury (LLB and LLM); College of Law (LPC).


Spending time with his family, the arts and music, classic cars and food and drink. Robert is also general counsel of an Essex-based charity, a school governor at a couple of schools and an active member of his local rotary group for which he is club protection officer.

South East: Human resources

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Within: Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

The team at Tees Law provides ‘outstanding levels of service’, ‘brilliant value for money’, and ‘advice which is spot on – they don’t make any mistakes, even if the client has different ideas’. The firm has specialisms in the education, agricultural and professional services sectors, handling the full gamut of employment matters along with niche issues within the practice area, civil aviation suspensions and fitness to practise cases being among these. Practice head Robert Whitaker divides his time between Chelmsford, Cambridge and Bishop’s Stortford, and is ‘very flexible and responsive, going above and beyond for each client’. Associate Katherine Jameson has significant expertise in restrictive covenants, settlement agreements and disciplinary and grievance investigations. The group recently handled a disability discrimination claim on behalf of a partially-sighted client, successfully obtaining damages for injury to feelings at tribunal. On the employer side, the group assists Public Fundraising Regulatory Association with various mergers and TUPE issues.

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Employment: Essex

Within: Employment: Essex

Tees Law’s employment team impresses by its ‘knowledgeable, realistic and pragmatic approach’. It has a particularly strong reputation in the agricultural, educational and professional sectors, where it acts for healthcare practices and accountancy firms. Further niche experience includes handling fitness-to-practice matters and civil aviation suspension cases. The ‘meticulous, robust and practicalRobert Whitaker advises on TUPE matters and restructurings; in a recent highlight, Whitaker advised on employment issues arising from the merger of his client, the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association, with the Institute of Fundraising. Associate Katherine Jameson, who ‘fights very hard in her client’s best interests’ and ‘dispenses advice in a down-to-earth way’, advised three dentists on restrictive covenants contained in their previous employment contracts and breach of data protection claims from the previous employer. ‘Patient and good-humoured’ associate Jonathan Insley focuses on litigation and whistleblowing disputes, having defended a company against constructive unfair dismissal and breach of contract claims worth £450,000 from a former employee in a tribunal.

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