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William Garnett

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Bates Wells

Work Department

Partner in Employment team

Position

Partner leading the employment team (12 lawyers of which four are partners). He frequently advises large employers in the voluntary and quasi-public sector on the widest range of employment law disputes including senior staff. William increasingly acts for senior individuals in industry and the City, negotiating arrivals and departures, resolving board room disputes, regulatory issues, remuneration and bonus disputes. William has a particular expertise in post-termination restrictions and in managing discrimination claims of all types.

Career

Articled Bates Wells Braithwaite; qualified 1986; partner 1991; frequent lecturer at national conferences on employment law; regular contributor to a number of publications, including ‘Third Sector’ and ‘Charity Finance’; frequently quoted in the media on employment law matters and has undertaken a number of television interviews, both for the BBC and Sky.

Member

Employment Lawyers Association.

Education

University College School; Kent University (1982 BA).

Leisure

Sailing (Royal Yacht Squadron Seaview Yacht Club), opera, politics.


London: Human resources

Employment: employers

Within: Employment: employers

Bates Wells has recently taken on an increasing amount of work for its enviable roster of charity and not-for-profit clients, advising them on safeguarding and incident reporting in the context of the #MeToo movement and rising scrutiny on the conduct of charity staff. Led by Lucy McLynn, the London-based practice has also has significant expertise in the investigations space, the education sector and issues arising from data privacy and GDPR regulations, where it represents organisations and individuals alike. In recent highlights, a team led by Paul Jennings successfully argued that two Uber drivers were entitled to 'worker' status, in a high-profile case with major implications for the gig economy. William Garnett leads the senior executives practice and is the name to note for boardroom disputes. Jennings has strong experience in litigation and test cases and recently made equity partner.

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Employment: senior executives

Within: Employment: senior executives

Bates Wells has recently taken on an increasing amount of work for its enviable roster of charity and not-for-profit clients, advising them on safeguarding and incident reporting in the context of the #MeToo movement and rising scrutiny on the conduct of charity staff. Led by Lucy McLynn, the London-based practice has also has significant expertise in the investigations space, the education sector and issues arising from data privacy and GDPR regulations, where it represents organisations and individuals alike. In recent highlights, a team led by Paul Jennings successfully argued that two Uber drivers were entitled to 'worker' status, in a high-profile case with major implications for the gig economy. William Garnett leads the senior executives practice and is the name to note for boardroom disputes. Jennings has strong experience in litigation and test cases and recently made equity partner.

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

Bates Wells assists education sector clients with a wide range of matters, from regulatory issues and procurement to post-merger work. Led by Caraline Johnson, the team has brought its cross-departmental expertise to bear in advising on mergers between further education bodies. William Garnett, who leads the employment and discrimination team, is recommended for representing senior executives. Other core team members include regulatory department partner Emma Dowden-Teale and employment head Lucy Mclynn.

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Education: schools

Within: Education: schools

Bates Wells' 'highly responsive, knowledgeable and solution-orientated' education team is led by Caraline Johnson, who has over two decades of experience in the sector. The team's main strengths lie in the restructuring of the state school landscape into academies, the development of multi-academy trusts and contentious matters such as discrimination claims. The firm also offers cross-departmental expertise in areas such as charity law and commercial law to national and international clients. Key names to note include employment lawyer William Garnett, public law specialist Emma Dowden-Teale and Paul Jennings, who is recommended for his expertise in discrimination law.

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