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Gowling WLG

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Martin Chitty

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Specialist interests include TUPE in public and private sector; collective disputes; business reorganisation; senior executive contracts; severance and use and abuse of restrictive covenants.


Articled Pinsent & Co; qualified 1986; partner Pinsent & Co 1993-95; partner Wragge & Co 1995; Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner, 2014.


Employment Lawyers Association; Birmingham Law Society Employment Law Committee.


King Edward VI, Stafford; Durham University (1983 BA Law Hons).


Watching my son and daughter doing what they do on the sports field and concert hall, praying for Worcester Warriors, skiing, golf, eating, cinema and travel when not involved in child minding, instrument transportation and related activities.

London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Gowling WLG’s ‘strong’ team assists employers with regulatory matters and in litigation brought by former employees. Mark Greenburgh has been advising the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchestser on severance agreements and pension rights issues before the Ombudsman and the High Court. The team is led by Jane Fielding, who is ‘pragmatic, clear, balanced and quick to respond’, and includes Jonathan Chamberlain and Martin Chitty.

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West Midlands: Human resources


Within: Leading individuals

Martin Chitty - Gowling WLG

Within: Employment

Gowling WLG’s ‘responsive, legally accurate and sensitive’ employment team is headed by Jane Fielding, who is ‘sensible, pragmatic, nice to deal with, incisive and incredibly responsive’. The practice’s expertise includes handling contentious matters relating to allegations of whistleblowing and discrimination, as well as providing corporate support and day-to-day advice on grievances and restructuring processes. Martin Chitty represents major UK housing associations, retailers and manufacturers, while Jonathan Chamberlain’s expertise extends to litigation and cross-border restructurings and outsourcing. The practice has maintained a stable undercurrent of high-value tribunal work, as demonstrated by Fielding’s representation of a global consumer food company facing a union-backed challenge to its labour force model, and Chitty’s work on a multi-jurisdictional case involving allegations of unfair dismissal and racial discrimination. On the non-contentious side, the firm has experienced an uptick in independent investigations work; recent highlights include handling the UK employment law aspects of the acquisition of two international technology groups in the recruitment sector. Other recent work includes advising clients on disciplinary and exit processes of senior executives, and data breach issues. Director Louise Clifford focuses on assisting clients with day-to-day and transactional employment matters. Principal associate Jemma O’Reilly also recommended.

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