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Jane Eatock

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Wilkin Chapman LLP

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Employment team, Grimsby


Partner in the employment law team, with 25 years’ experience as a specialist employment lawyer, acting for a wide range of employer clients, ranging from SMEs to plcs and substantial group companies, including a major oil refinery. A large proportion of Jane’s work is now focussed on the public sector, particularly in the fields of education and health. I act for a number of local authorities, NHS Trusts, social enterprises and community interest companies, further education colleges, academies, police authorities, charities and third sector clients operating in the public sector. She has particular expertise in major TUPE transfers, involving complex negotiations and consultation and in public sector restructuring and change programmes. Has been very involved in the employment implications of major outsourcing projects, particularly in collaborations between local authorities and NHS bodies, creating social enterprises and Teckell companies. Is a regular speaker at major national conferences for LGG and IHM and delivers numerous employment law seminars to a wide range of employer clients and specialist sectors which are always rated as excellent. Jane enjoys running training programmes for in-house management teams, particularly in the local authority, health care and education fields, giving clear guidance and practical workplace solutions. Is a very experienced advocate in the Employment Tribunal and also have judicial experience, as assistant coroner for Grimsby and North Lincolnshire since 2008.


Trained Simmons & Simmons/Monro Pennefather & Co; qualified 1991; Birkett Long (formerly Birkett Westhorpe and Long) 1991-2000 (partner 1995); Grange Wintringham 2000-10 (partner from 2001)., merged with Wilkin Chapman LLP 2010


Arnold School; Manchester University (1987 LLB); Nottingham Trent University (1988 LSFE)


Ballet, cooking

East Midlands: Human resources


Within: Employment

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s ‘advice always hits the nail on the head, and is timely and of the highest quality’. The practice continues to grow its public sector client list, which includes local authorities, educational institutions and clients from the public health sector, but also undertakes a considerable amount of work for private sector clients, in particular in the food, logistics, warehousing and packaging industries. Headed by the ‘responsiveTeresa Thomas, the team includes the ‘extremely personable and knowledgeableJane Eatock, the ‘pragmaticKatie Davies and David Buckle. In addition to advising Craven District Council on a major review and restructuring of the senior management team, ultimately involving a redundancy process and a potential subsequent claim from a displaced employee, the group also assisted John Leggott College with a major senior level restructuring process. Other clients include Branston Pickle, Cherry Valley Farms and a number of multi-academy trusts.

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East Midlands: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s expertise includes code of conduct investigations, regulatory matters and safeguarding in education as well as commercial instructions, especially regarding data protection. Jonathan Goolden is very experienced in handling cases of alleged misconduct in the public sector, while Jane Eatock is the specialist in public sector employment law.

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