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Winckworth Sherwood LLP

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James Lynas

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Winckworth Sherwood LLP

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Employment, Education


Partner: James has specialised in employment law since 1995 acting for both individuals and employers. His particular professional specialisms are advising: high-profile individuals in the media on departures and contract changes; advising schools on day to day HR issues and TUPE around academy conversions; advising social landlords on HR issues and contract tendering; advising bodies leaving the public sector on structures, TUPE and senior staff contracts. James' professional experience is augmented by his experience in public life. He was a city councillor, director of a co-operative development agency, governor of a catholic secondary school and community junior school in his hometown of Coventry. In London he has been a trustee of the Mildmay Community Partnership and served as chair of governors at Highbury Fields Secondary School as chair of governors from 2008-13 in which time he appointed a headteacher and survived two Ofsted Inspections. He is currently a governor of the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook and sits as a member of London First's Employment and Skills Advisory Group and the Skills London Sub-Group.


Trained and solicitor Band Hatton 1993-97; qualified 1995; solicitor and head of employment Underwoods 1998-99; solicitor and head of employment Hodge Jones & Allen 1999-2001; solicitor Boodle Hatfield 2001-02; principal Dimblebys Employment Law 2003-06; partner and consultant Winckworth Sherwood 2007-date.


Law Society of England and Wales; Employment Lawyers Association.


Nottingham University.

London: Public sector

Education: schools

Within: Education: schools

Winckworth Sherwood LLP's team provides 'an excellent service' and supports clients 'through challenging issues'. The group advises on areas ranging from academy conversions and expansions to leadership challenges and governance matters and has a growing reputation for its work for faith schools. Practice head Andrea Squires, who is 'consistently good, knowledgeable and approachable', has a focus on governance, charity law and company law issues applicable to academies and James Lynas has extensive employment experience, including handling dismissals and pay and conditions grievances. The group is assisting Green Spring Education Trust/Green Spring Academy in Tower Hamlets with regard to allegations of historic exam malpractice. Other clients include the Diocese of Westminster Academy Trust, the London Borough of Haringey and Thomas’s London Day Schools.

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