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Pitmans LLP

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Jonathan Gray

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LB Claims

Work Department

Employment and licensing.


Jonathan's employment specialisms include contracts and policies, recruitment,
restructures, all forms of discrimination, dismissal, redundancies, TUPE,
collective disputes, data protection and restrictive covenant breaches. He
also has specialist understanding of unionised workplaces with 15 years
working with unions such as the GMB, Unite and Unison. Jonathan advises on
all areas of licensing including alcohol and entertainment, gaming and taxi
licensing. He also advises on Business Immigration, Tier 1 investor and entrepreneur, Sponsor Licences, Tier 2 and Tier 5. John is a regular speaker and trainer for clients, and professional bodies such as the Institute of Hospitality.


Trained Lamport Bassitt Solicitors; qualified 1998; formerly partner Lamport Bassitt since 2005 – merged with Pitmans LLP in 2014.


Employment Lawyers Association, Industrial Law Society, Society of licensing practitioners.


Priestlands School and Brockenhurst College; Solent and Southampton Universities LLB (Hons) (1994), LLM (1995), College of Law (York), LPC (1996).


Tennis, rugby, cycling and family time.

South East: Crime, fraud and licensing


Within: Licensing

Pitmans LLP undertakes the gamut of licensing matters from applications for new licences and applying for variations to negotiating with various authorities and representing clients at hearings. It also advises taxi licence holders and taxi companies. It is advising Doveglade, owner of Oxfords Bar & Restaurant in Southampton, on the variations of licences for two premises involving a restaurant and a bar and club. In other work, it assisted a client in obtaining a licence to sell and supply alcohol. Other clients include Delicious Dining, which owns numerous restaurants and bars, Dancing Man Brewery and Concorde Club and Hotel. Experienced practitioner Jonathan Gray heads the team.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Hampshire

Within: Employment: Hampshire

The 'excellent' team at Pitmans LLP, which is led by Jonathan Gray, advises on HR and corporate support matters,  in addition to handling constructive and unfair dismissal cases, disability claims and sexual discrimination actions. Gray is also a mediator and conducts his own advocacy at employment tribunals. In recent work, the team defended a client in a constructive dismissal and age discrimination case, and it is assisting Toshiba UK with day-to-day HR matters as well as handling disputes. Associate Claire Anderson is another name to note.

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Within: Immigration

Pitmans LLP benefits from strong connections with UK Trade and Investment and the Thames Valley, Hampshire and Dorset Chambers of Commerce, making the firm a natural choice for overseas businesses seeking to engage in inward investment in the region. The immigration practice's specialisms include handling Schengen travel visas; Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsor licence applications; Tier 1 applications for highly skilled workers, investors and entrepreneurs, and applications for indefinite leave to remain. Recent work includes advising a management consulting firm on the ongoing management of its sponsor licence, as well as on the implementation and maintenance of an appropriate HR system to enable the client to discharge its sponsorship obligations. Jonathan Gray heads the practice and has a longstanding track record of assisting clients in the technology, oil and gas, entertainment and hospitality sectors.

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