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Paul is a specialist employment and discrimination lawyer. He advises employers and senior executives on the full range of legal issues connected with employment, including the formation and termination of the employment relationship, litigation, large-scale redundancies, TUPE, share options, and bonus disputes. His corporate and institutional clients include media organisations, financial institutions, charities (including schools), technology companies, and professional firms (including other law firms and barristers chambers). His litigation experience includes pursuing and defending cases in the Employment Tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the High Court, and the Court of Appeal. Examples of recent work include: conducting a successful appeal in the case of Charm Offensive Productions v Lazarov and ors a test case concerning the employment status of actors; advising an organisation in respect of contractual changes, achieving savings in excess of £5m; successfully defending a household name business facing class action litigation worth in excess of £1.5m; advising a senior director at a global technology company on contractual terms, bonus provisions and share options; successfully defending an international airline facing claims of sex discrimination and unfair dismissal (before the Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal); successfully acting as advocate for an education institution facing claims of religion or belief discrimination in Shaikh v Tribal Education Ltd (ET/2201677/12); and defending a national charity against a serial litigant and acting as advocate in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal.


Trained Rowley Ashworth; Rowley Ashworth 2005-2008; Eversheds 2008- 2011; Bates Wells Braithwaite 2011 to date. Current directorships: Trustee and Director of School 21.


ILS; ELA; committee member, ELA.


St Simon Stock RC, Maidstone, Kent; Bristol University; the University of Kent; and the College of Law (London).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Industry focus > TMT

Bates Wells has broad experience advising clients across the technology and media sectors. Richard Marke is head of the firm’s TMT team, while Paul Jennings is noted for his expertise in employment law, as well as his recent work on a case concerning the potentially discriminatory effects of AI technology. Media litigation head Rupert Earle is also recommended.

London > Employment > Employers

Lucy McLynn leads the employment department at Bates Wells, which continues to maintain strong activity in sensitive tribunal cases, involving precedent-setting topics such as transgender rights. The firm is also highlighted for its expertise in employment data protection, internal investigations involving bullying and misuse of power, and its longstanding track record working with charity/not-for-profit employers. William Garnett and Paul Jennings are the other key partners.