Jonathan is a Senior Associate in the Employment team.

Providing employment law advice mainly to employers, but also acts for senior executives. Jonathan drafts and negotiates contracts of employment and service agreements, helps to resolve contract disputes and breach of covenant claims, negotiates settlement deals, assists in the protection and recovery of confidential information, provides support during re-organisation and restructuring, oversees TUPE compliance in business acquisitions and mergers, and provides strategic advice on redundancy, outsourcing, change management and other human resources issues.

Experienced in defending claims in the Employment Tribunal and has also dealt with injunction proceedings in court, for employers who want to enforce non-compete restrictions or recover misappropriated confidential information.

Clients include large corporates, SMEs, owner-managed businesses, new start-ups, and senior level employees.

In addition, Jonathan has broad sector experience and particular knowledge of businesses operating in the manufacturing industry or who are subject to regulatory control, such as professional firms and care home providers.

Recent examples of how Jonathan has supported clients include:

  • supporting a leading European pharmaceuticals company with the employment law aspects of their £45 million acquisition of a UK manufacturing business, which saw over 450 employees transfer under the TUPE regulations and required detailed advice on due diligence;
  • successfully defending an employer against claims of whistleblowing, unfair dismissal, disability discrimination, breach of contract and unlawful deduction from wages, where the compensation claimed included substantial final salary pension loss;
  • obtaining an interim injunction against a former employee who had gone to work for a competitor of their ex-employer in breach of a restrictive covenant; and
  • guiding an app-based start-up business through the challenges of operating in the so-called ‘gig economy’ in particular regarding the worker status risks for the business’s service providers in light of recent court rulings in Pimlico Plumbers, Uber and Deliveroo.