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Stephen Oxley

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Employment and Education


Stephen is a partner in the employment team and is the firm's Business Development Director. He is a former senior partner and managing partner of the firm and currently is also the principal point of contact for the schools team. Stephen acts for a wide range of employer clients from financial services businesses in the City to schools in the public and private sectors. He frequently advises individual senior executives and managers on joining and severance packages. Stephen is an experienced non-executive director, charity trustee and school governor. He was a trustee and former Chairman of the military charity, Help for Heroes. He is currently the Chairman of Odstock Private Care and a director of Salisbury BID Limited.


Stephen trained at Withers in London before joining Wilsons in 1985 and was its managing partner from 1993 to 2000. He was the firm's senior partner from 2007 to 2013.


He is a member of the Institute of Directors, the Employment Lawyers Association, the Education Law Association and the Army & Navy Club.

South West: Human resources

Employment: Bristol

Within: Employment: Bristol

Wilsons provides advice on due diligence, TUPE, drafting employee provisions, settlement agreements, staff contracts, senior appointments and terminations, restructuring, safeguarding, contracting-out and severance agreements. Recent highlights include advising Krysalis Consultancy on the employment status of neuro-rehabilitation assistants and occupational health consultants, which involved advising on holidays, working practice, redrafting documentation and transferring workers from employees to self-employed status. Anthony Edwards heads the team and advises on contentious and non-contentious issues, including senior board management issues and TUPE-related matters. Partner Stephen Oxley focuses on the education and charities sectors and is adept at restructures, senior level exit strategies and strategic talent management at board level.

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South West: Public sector


Within: Education

Wilsons acts for academies, independent schools, grammar schools, prep schools and nurseries on a broad range of education issues including admissions, exclusions, safeguarding, special educational needs (SEN), disability, employment law, governance, academy conversions, intellectual property, GDPR, reputation management and HR advice. Stephen Oxley heads the team and specialises in advising senior management teams on governance issues. Recent highlights include acting for an educational institution in relation to claims of historical abuse made by a former student; the claim was defended and a review of safeguarding procedures was carried out. Clients include Farleigh School, Holland Park School, Prince's Mead School, Sandroyd School and Ocean Learning Trust.

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