Chris Bushnell

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Chris Bushnell

What he's best at:

Chris advises employers and employees on both contentious and non-contentious employment matters. This includes unfair dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination, whistleblowing, restrictive covenants and transfer of undertakings (TUPE).

His work covers the spectrum of the employment relationship from start to finish. For example, he advises on contracts and policies, grievances and other workplace problems and termination and post-termination issues. He often negotiates compensation packages and settlement agreements on termination of employment.

Chris also acts for clients bringing and defending employment related claims in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and High Court.

Who he works for:

  • Large corporates
  • SMEs and owner managed businesses
  • HR Directors
  • Senior Executives

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Key Achievements:

  • Advising on a large scale reorganisation of the UK wide sales team of a pharmaceutical company.
  • Defending a multinational hotel chain against a complex whistleblowing, unfair dismissal and breach of contract claim by a member of the Senior Management Team.
  • Drafting a suite of policies, template letters, flow charts and guidance for managers for a large employer.
  • Defended a global engineering and construction company from a claim by a senior employee of disability discrimination and failure to make reasonable adjustments.
  • Advising various individuals and businesses in relation to termination of employment and negotiated settlement packages.

Publications:

  •  The Bear Necessities (what employers and their advisers need to know about the EAT’s latest ruling on holiday pay), Employment Law Journal, January 2015
  • Time Off (how changes in holiday pay affect the recruitment sector), The Global Recruiter, December 2014
  • Calculating holiday pay: How European decisions will have an impact, Purely Payroll, September 2014
  • A Guide to Pre-Termination Negotiations for Employers, 22 September 2013 -   http://www.settlementagreement.co.uk/pre-termination-negotiations/4579579813

Previous Law Firms:

  • Charles Russell Speechlys LLP / Speechly Bircham LLP

Education:

  • The College of Law - Legal practice Course, Distinction
  • University of Manchester - Law LLB, First

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