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James Symons

Director & Solicitor - Head of Employment

James is a Director and heads up our Employment & HR team, advising on a range of employment law issues for both employers and senior executives.


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James regularly advises businesses on reorganisations, restructures and redundancy exercises (including large scale collective consultations) and implementing changes to terms and conditions of employment. James has experience advising employers who recognise trade unions to conduct collective bargaining.

He also has a particular interest in the TUPE regulations and advises on both the applicability of the regulations to business sales and changes of service provider and the management of TUPE information and consultation processes with employees.

James advises on day-to-day issues including disciplinary and grievance processes, employee absence and the preparation of any required employment documentation (employment contracts, handbooks, settlement agreements).

James has experience dealing with the full range of employment tribunal claims in the employment tribunals and is an experienced tribunal advocate having successfully represented employers in multi-day hearings for unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, discrimination and breach of contract.

James joined Actons in March 2018 after spending seven years at Freeths. He has specialised in employment law since he qualified as a solicitor in 2009, and was promoted to Director in 2019.

Actons advise on a wide range of employment and HR issues for owner-managed businesses and SMEs, as well as household name clients such as Iceland Foods and Bistrot Pierre. The team's key strengths include advising on Employment Tribunals, absence management and providing training. James Symons, who was promoted to director, is 'friendly, calm and incredibly knowledgeable'. Practice head Nic Elliott is an 'engaging partner' and maintains a strong 'rapport' with his clients.
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