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Shulmans LLP

Partner and Head of Employment

With over 20 years’ employment experience, Ian heads our nationally-recognised employment law team, providing employment advice to UK and overseas businesses seeking to set up or do business in the UK.

Ian acts for SME and public limited companies and has particular in-depth knowledge of manufacturing, travel and service industry requirements.

Ian has considerable experience in advising on large-scale TUPE contract transfers and complex shareholder disputes, where the businesses in dispute have values of several million pounds.

Ian relishes large, complex and difficult cases and has a proven record of achieving notable results for clients. Reported cases in which he has advised include the following:

The Court of Appeal decision in Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Bottrill [1999] IRLR 326

EAT case of Oakland v Wellswood (Yorkshire) Limited UK EAT/0395/08

Sturdy v Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust ET/1803960/07

Ian is a tenacious and effective negotiator, and he uses these skills to achieve outstanding results for his business clients as well as for individuals holding senior executive and board level positions. He is renowned for developing and maintaining strong personal relationships with his clients and for providing expedient and commercial solutions to HR and employment problems.

Ian leads our employment team’s delivery across all areas of employment related issues including:

Recruitment, employment contracts, policies and procedures


Disciplinary, grievance and dismissals

Reorganisations and redundancies; TUPE and large-scale contract transfer work

Restrictive covenants and team moves

Shareholders and senior executive disputes

Disputes within family businesses

Employment Tribunal and Appeal Tribunal

Ian provides bespoke on-site training to HR professionals and business owners, as well as being a regular presenter of seminars and workshops. Ian is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association. Ian manages the successful LinkedIn Employer Support Group.