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Contentious employment work with particular emphasis on discrimination and status issues; reported cases include Dixon v Croglin Estate Co Ltd [2012] EqLR 187; Mahood v Irish Centre Housing [2011] EqLR 586; Coleman v Attridge Law [2010] IRLR 10 and [2008] IRLR 722; Randall v Southampton City College [2006] IRLR 18; Melhuish v Redbridge CAB [2005] IRLR 419; Virgo Fidelis School v Boyle [2004] IRLR 268 and South East Sheffield CAB v Grayson [2004] IRLR 353; regular advocate in employment tribunals and employment appeal tribunals on behalf of both claimants and respondents.


Trained Farrar’s Building; qualified 1997 barrister, 2001 solicitor; partner Bates Wells Braithwaite 2005 to date; author of ‘Working Time and Holidays – A Practical Legal Guide’ (November 2009, Oxford University Press); author of articles for ‘The Times’ and ‘Personnel Today’.


French, Italian.


Employment Lawyers Association; Industrial Law Society (executive committee member); advisory panel of Equal Opportunities Review.


Bristol University (1994 first class Honours degree in English); City University (1996 CPE); Inns of Court School of Law (1997 Bar Vocational Course)


Travel, skiing, reading, film, wine appreciation.

London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Bates Wells Braithwaite 'knows the charity and education sectors inside out' and counts British Red Cross and the Royal College of Physiatrists as notable clients. In a recent highlight, department head Lucy McLynn acted for St John's Downshire Hill in a case regarding the dismissal of the church's minister and alleged marriage discrimination issues; further mandates for the group include advising on the merger between the Capital City College Group and the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London; representing the claimants in the high-profile Uber gig economy case, and acting for a claimant in the gig economy case with CitySprint. On the senior executive side, the group's work encompasses remuneration and bonus issues, workplace disputes, restrictive covenants and breach of contract claims. The 'excellent' William Garnett is the key name for senior executive work and boardroom disputes and Paul Jennings is recommended for class actions and test cases. Paul Seath and the 'highly commercial' Martin Bunch are also key contacts.

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

Bates Wells Braithwaite’s education service is headed by Caraline Johnson. It is hailed for 'providing a specialist team of outstanding experts in education backed up by first-rate solicitors in employment, property and public policy'. On the employment side, William Garnett assists colleges; he counts the Association of Colleges among his clients and is considered to have a 'richly deserved national reputation'. Other core team members include Lucy McLynn and recently promoted partner Emma Dowden-Teale, who handles regulatory and safeguarding laws. In a highlight matter, the team advised Bromley College (and Greenwich and Bexley Colleges) on the proposed merger between Bromley and Greenwich, a highly complex matter that included the design of a partnership management model. It is also advising Trinity College London on employment, real estate, IP, governance and commercial matters. Julian Blake has recently moved to Stone King LLP.

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