Managing Partner


Martin worked as a general commercial litigator for the first ten years of his career but has specialised in employment and discrimination law since 1996. He is an experienced advocate in the Employment Tribunal and an accredited Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution mediator. He is a specialist in all areas of employment law with an emphasis on TUPE, advising on mergers and acquisitions and also advising on the protection of confidential information and other confidential property by the enforcement of contractual covenants. Martin provides contentious and non-contentious advice to clients ranging from PLC’s to large charities and individuals.

Examples of recent work

  • Advising a publishing company on alleged breach of restrictive covenants with respect to theft of confidential information and employees data and issuing Application for Injunction against employee in the High Court including a claim against the new employer of the employee 
  • Advising on dispute process and settlement with CEO following dispute with Chair and other Board members.
  • Advising on TUPE and redundancy process and issues arising from purchase of a UK group specialising in Education services
  • Successfully representing claimant discriminated against following diagnosis of cancer
  • Advising on closure of staff pension scheme and other auto enrolment issues
  • Advising on merger of two charities, including carrying out a restructuring and redundancy process prior to completion
  • Advising on Collective Consultation redundancy and restructive process for UK based client with multiple offices

Qualifications and career

  • Bristol University, BSc (Hons) Social History
  • Solicitors Final/CPE
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 1987
  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite in 1991
  • Partner in 1997
  • Deputy senior partner since 2011
  • Appointed managing partner in 2013

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • Member of Employment Lawyers Association
  • Accredited CEDR mediator
  • Trustee of national charity
  • Volunteer coach at local sports club
  • Non-executive director for a management company
  • RFU accredited referee

Employment knowhow from Martin Bunch