Paul McGrath advises clients across a broad range of industry sectors in all areas of contentious and non-contentious UK employment law.
His practice covers all aspects of UK employment legislation and day-to-day employment matters, including appointments and terminations, employment status and worker classification issues, employee handbooks and policies, employee data privacy, disciplinary and grievance issues, and restructuring and redundancy exercises.
Paul advises on the full range of contentious employment matters including claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing and breach of contract. He has broad experience in the litigation of costs matters and the enforcement of judgment debts (including Information and Attachment of Earnings orders).
As part of his non-contentious work, Paul advises on the employment aspects of all types of corporate transactions, including share sales, business transfers and joint ventures, not least the implications of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE).
Paul also advises on the handling of privacy and data protection issues, including international data transfers, the implementation of whistleblowing hotlines and subject access rights.
Paul regularly devises and delivers client-training seminars and also speaks on topical employment and data protection law issues at external conferences.
Paul has experience working in-house for clients in the information technology and banking sectors and was also previously an associate in the employment group of another international law firm.
Advising a financial services client in successfully resisting a substantial finder’s fee asserted by a recruitment consultancy
Assisting a recruitment consultancy in effecting a key strategic hire in the face of threatened restrictive covenant injunction proceedings
Advising a manufacturing client in respect of the reorganisation of its UK business
Advising various clients on employee data privacy matters, including subject access requests and whistleblowing hotlines
Advising numerous UK businesses on the requirements of the Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014, including the drafting of appropriate HR policies and pro-forma documentation, and the delivery of training on the new regime
Advising a financial services client in respect of detailed assessment costs proceedings arising out of an issues-based Costs Order of the High Court
Acting pro bono for a charitable organisation that provides holidays to disabled children, and helping it secure a more proportionate regulatory environment in the form of The Residential Holiday Schemes for Disabled Children (England) Regulations 2013
Legal 500 UK 2016, 2017. Paul is recommended in Human resources – Employment and is described as ‘pragmatic and knowledgeable’
Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
University of Leicester, LLM, Employment Law, Distinction, 2012
Nottingham Law School, LPC, Distinction, 2005
Durham University, LLB, (Hons), 2004
Certified Information Privacy Professional / Europe (CIPP/E), 2016
The Law Society of England and Wales, 2008
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