Ian is a Partner in the Employment team.
Experienced in the resolution of employment disputes and disputes between directors and shareholders which arise from problems in corporate governance or fiduciary duties as well as employment law. Ian is experienced in dealing with restrictive covenants, protected disclosures and whistleblowing, collective redundancy and the application of TUPE.
Providing guidance on the handling of complex grievance and disciplinary matters and leads on the prosecution and defence of employment tribunal proceedings. Ian acts for employers, directors and senior personnel.
Recent examples of how Ian has supported clients include:
- successfully defending a breach of restrictive covenant claim for an employer following the recruitment of a senior sales manager from a competitor, and brokering a deal which led to both businesses working together on joint tender bids where commercial interests did not conflict;
- persuading an underperforming director-employee to resign and forgo their contractual entitlement to a six figure severance package in a dispute where the director had been contemplating a prohibited move to a competitor, but the employer was at risk of being sued for alleged breaches of contract and data protection issues;
- successfully rebutting a £1 million TUPE claim on behalf of a company that had secured a significant government contract and was being pursued by nine prior service providers who wanted to transfer staff they had employed to service the government work; and
- enforcing the terms of a shareholder’s agreement for a director-employee-shareholder which enabled the director to remain involved in the business.