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About James

James has specialised in employment law since 1995 and is a recommended lawyer in the latest Legal 500 directory. His particular professional specialisms are: helping employers resolve crisis situations; managing large scale redundancy exercises; advising on complexity of TUPE consultation and indemnities and defending complex tribunal litigation

James’ professional experience is augmented by his experience in public life. He was a City Councillor, director of a Co-operative Development Agency, governor of a Catholic Secondary School and community Junior School in his hometown of Coventry. In London he has been a Trustee of the Mildmay Community Partnership and served as Chair of Governors at Highbury Fields Secondary School from 2008-2013 in which time he appointed a Headteacher and survived two Ofsted Inspections. He is currently a Governor of the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook and sits as a member of London First’s Employment and Skills Advisory Group and the Skills London/Capital Talent Sub-Group.

Recent Experience

  • Advising on dismissal of employee suspected of but not charged with sexual offences
  • Advising on dismissal of a person remanded on bail for suspected murder
  • Advising to dealing with mass grievances raised by union to undermine leadership
  • Removing a whistleblower disrupting the leadership team
  • Disciplining a senior  leader for bugging his boss’ office
  • Defending claims for failure to inform and consult on a TUPE transfer
  • Drafting a suite of non-bureaucratic HR policies to make it easier to improve or remove underperforming staff
  • Drafting a new style Grievance Resolution policy which focuses on resolution rather than blame
  • Drafting the Disciplinary Rules for the Home Secretary’s Register of Forensic Pathologists
  • Drafting “Sword of Damocles” letters for use in Settlement Agreements to secure post-termination good-behaviour

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • Employment Lawyers Association

Career Experience

2018 to date: Consultant, Winckworth Sherwood

2007 to 2018: Partner, Winckworth Sherwood

2003 to 2006: Principal, Dimblebys Employment Law

2001 to 2002: Solicitor, Boodle Hatfield

1999 to 2001: Solicitor and Head of Employment, Hodge Jones & Allen

1998 to 1999: Solicitor and Head of Employment, Underwoods

1993 to 1997: Trainee and Solicitor, Band Hatton

James Lynas “has notable expertise representing education clients.”

Legal 500 2015

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