Paul is a partner in the Employment team, specialising in all areas of employment law including: recruitment and termination, redundancy and restructures, contract change, discrimination prevention and litigation, grievances, performance management and disciplinaries, unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, restrictive covenants, High Court employment litigation, PHI claims, TUPE, outsourcing and data protection.

Examples of recent work

  • Advising an international NGO on changes to its enhanced severance terms, to include collective consultation and dismissal and re-engagement
  • Advising on the appointment of an in-house legal adviser to a member of an overseas royal family
  • Advising a charitable organisation governed by various ex-world leaders and Nobel Prize winners on sensitive employment law matters
  • Advising an individual bringing a whistleblowing claim against a high profile education establishment
  • Advising a long serving trade union official in an unfair dismissal and victimisation claim against a trade union
  • Advising a highly regarded sports administrator in a claim against the relevant governing body
  • Advising various commercial and not for profit organisations on TUPE where there are incoming and outgoing employees
  • Advising on a number of mergers and acquisitions
  • Advising on closedown issues affecting various prominent public institutions
  • Advising on various team moves
  • Acting against various international news agencies
  • Advising on a number of company-wide restructures and reorganisations
  • Advising on employment disputes arising within the businesses of various high profile and household name entrepreneurs’ and philanthropists
  • Advising on staffing issues arising in the UK households of various Times Rich List entrants and various overseas royal families

Qualifications and career

  • Partner, Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2010 - present
  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2006
  • Metcalfes' Employment department, 2002-2006
  • Eversheds' Employment department, 1999-2002
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 1999
  • University Wales, College of Cardiff, LLB (Hons) Law, 1996

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • Governor and Vice Chair of Barnfield FE College, member of the Search and Remuneration Committee
  • Trustee of Active Luton, member of the Audit and Risk Committee
  • Bates Wells Braithwaite SRA Training Principal and Graduate Recruitment Partner
  • ELA member
  • ILIS member
  • Former chair and trustee of the Queen Square Association

Employment knowhow from Paul Seath