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Paul Bownes

Managing Associate | Birmingham

About Paul

Paul Bownes has specialised in employment law since before he qualified as a solicitor in 2011. He carries out advisory and drafting work on the whole spectrum of day to day HR matters as well as more sensitive or strategic matters for senior management teams, provides assistance with and/or manages large scale projects such as TUPE transfers and collective consultations, and also manages employment disputes from inception through to settlement or final hearing if necessary. He has significant experience in being instructed as an external investigator for grievance or disciplinary investigations, as well as being instructed to sit as an adviser to disciplinary or grievance panels in the public sector. Paul primarily acts for employers and regularly deals with organisations of all sizes from SMEs through to multinational companies, providing advice to management up to plc board level. He has a wealth of experience in a broad range of sectors, including hospitality and leisure, transport and the public sector.

He regularly appears as an advocate in Employment Tribunals across both England & Wales and Scotland as well as in County Courts in employment disputes. Paul also appears as an advocate in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in both London and Edinburgh. He has represented clients in all types of claim that can come before the Tribunals and has undertaken complex multi-week hearings.

Paul assisted clients in understanding and preparing for the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation and continues to provide data protection advice from an employment and HR perspective. In addition, he regularly provides general HR and employment law training.


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