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James is an Associate in the Employment department based in Newcastle.

Experience

James provides advice on employment, HR and regulatory issues for a variety of clients, predominantly in the healthcare and social care sectors.

He has specialised in employment law since 2006, and the health and social care sectors since 2011. He advises clients such as NHS trusts and bodies, PLCs and limited companies, partnerships and charities on a wide range of employment issues from grievances and internal disputes to complex discrimination and dismissal claims. This includes disciplinary and capability issues for medical staff under MHPS. He also advises on organisational restructures, outsourcing, TUPE issues, and collective consultation processes, and provides draft documents such as settlement agreements, secondment agreements and draft contracts and policies.

James has represented clients at Employment Tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and county courts. This includes claims of unfair dismissal, discrimination, TUPE transfers, collective redundancies, (protected disclosures) whistle-blowing, and employment claims related to MHPS processes. He is a Solicitor Advocate, and regularly undertakes his own advocacy.

He also provides regular updates (including Daniel Barnett summaries) as well as training on a range of employment topics, including bespoke and in-house training.

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