Jonathan Naylor > Shoosmiths LLP > Reading, England > Lawyer Profile

Shoosmiths LLP

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With 25 years’ experience advising on employment law, Jonathan is seen as a go-to contact for HR directors on complex matters such as equality and discrimination law; transfers of undertakings; trade union recognition and industrial action; restructuring and contractual changes; and post-termination restrictions.

Having practised as a barrister before also qualifying as a solicitor, Jonathan is a skilled tribunal advocate, appearing regularly in employment tribunals and the EAT. On a number of occasions, he has obtained costs awards for various clients against Claimants following the successful defence of tribunal claims (such awards being extremely rare in tribunal proceedings).

Jonathan also has detailed experience of handling large-scale strategic projects, such as significant corporate restructures; complex TUPE transactions; wide-ranging employment contract reviews and variations; senior leadership changes; and developing good relationships with workplace unions and representative bodies.

A further aspect of Jonathan’s role is to develop, tailor and present training for clients, which he does on a regular basis. Recent topics have included TUPE; handling restructuring processes; defending employment tribunals; equality and diversity; and employee use of email, internet and social media.


Jonathan qualified as a barrister in 1995 and as a solicitor in 2018. He joined Shoosmiths in 2007 was made a partner in 2012.




Employment Law Bar Association; Employment Lawyers Association.


Sheldon School, Chippenham; University College London (1993 LLB (Hons); Bar Vocational Course (1995)


Theatre, cinema, rugby, cricket.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Employment > Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

The Shoosmiths LLP employment team operates nationally, spread across 10 offices. The team includes trained barristers and experienced mediators and regularly manages Tribunal claims.  In addition, the team advises on trade union and industrial relation matters as well as complex TUPE situations. Kevin McCavish is head of employment in London and the Thames Valley and has extensive experience handling contentious and non-contentious matters for clients in the financial services sector and international companies. The Thames Valley office is led by Jonathan Naylor, who focuses on the technology and logistics sectors. Associate Alex Lloyd is also recommended.