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James Symons

James Symons


James is an Associate and employment lawyer, advising on a range of employment law issues for both employers and senior executives.


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.

In addition, 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 qualified as a solicitor in 2009.

In his spare time James is a keen golfer and general sports fan.

"The key area where they add value is their operational focus and practical approach. They have a superb ability to provide commercial solutions based on a real understanding of our business objectives. I have no hesitation in recommending Nic and the other members of the employment team at Actons."
Paul Broderick, Director of HR, Bathstore

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