Robert Whitaker

Partner

Location: Chelmsford

Department: Employment law

T: 01245 293197

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For me, our focus is providing practical solutions to legal problems with the client at the centre of all we do.

How can I help you?

I am based in the Chelmsford office and am head of Tees’ employment law department. I am executive partner for our business team - which comprises employment and company and commercial law teams. 

I have over 17 years’ experience specialising in employment law, in particular in TUPE, and strategic advice around re-organisations and redundancies. I also advise on Equality Act claims with a particular focus on disability claims and "reasonable adjustments". I have a masters in law (in anti-discrimination law) and am a member of the Employment Lawyers Association. I also, increasingly, advise on GDPR and data issues and am the firm's data protection officer.

Delivering what you really need 

Employment law is about people, and for me it’s about helping people with practical solutions to legal problems. I’ll work alongside you to pursue your desired objectives – and an effective resolution. I provide practical solutions cost-effectively. 

Family friendly rights have become a big part of employment law and whether you want advice on flexible working regulation applications or need help with an Employment Tribunal do contact me. I also do a lot of anti-discrimination law and in particular cases relating to disability discrimination and the duty to make reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act 2010.

I specialise in supporting business reorganisations including strategic advice on business sales, transfers and mergers. This includes advising on change management, redundancies, closures and the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (“TUPE”). We work closely with our commercial colleagues and your other professional advisers in assisting you on the sale or purchase of a business or with a company restructure.

I handle many workplace dispute resolutions, including advising and assisting on the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters that arise. We advise on the development and application of good internal procedures and on best practice. We offer a range of bespoke support services for employers including audits of policies and procedures, ad hoc support and guidance and in-house training.

I act for a variety of clients including schools and colleges, and charities, logistics and transport and tech/software companies. My client base also includes a range of professional services including legal practices and accountancy services, medical practices, design and architecture companies among others. I increasingly advise on fitness to practice issues and civil aviation/CAA suspensions for pilots and the aviation industry. 

What else should you know?

I am general counsel for an Essex based charity, member of my local rotary (and compliance officer) and governor at a local school.

In my spare time I enjoy food and drink, music and motors, but most of all spending time with my family. When I get a moment's peace I am also a keen member of the RSPB. 

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