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Jolyon Berry, who was admitted as a solicitor in 2000, joined TSP in 2019. An Employment Law solicitor, he is supervised by Richard Porter. Jolyon is the Director of Jolyon Berry Ltd, a corporate partner in Thompson Smith and Puxon.
Jolyon started his career at a Magic Circle firm and joins the TSP Employment law team from Birketts where he had been a partner since 2006. He has over 18 years’ experience and advises clients on all aspects of Employment Law, delivering solutions-based advice and supporting clients in the day-to-day management of their people, legal issues and risk. Working on a strategic and operational level on both contentious and non-contentious matters his work includes advising on contracts of employment, disciplinary procedures, the enforcement of restrictive covenants, employment policies and procedures and settlement agreements. He is a trained commercial mediator and makes effective use of these skills assisting employers with employment disputes, in the workplace and in the boardroom, and is particularly experienced in the defence of employers facing claims in employment tribunals. Clients also regularly seek Jolyon’s advice on the management of collective consultation projects prior to a work relocation, redundancies or transfers of employment.
He frequently delivers in-house training as well as hosting regular seminars for clients and HR professionals on the ever-changing area of Employment law. Whilst he will be based in TSP’s Colchester office Jolyon regularly travels to meet clients and prospective clients at their business premises.
In 2018/19 the TSP Employment team was once again recommended in the Top Tier in Essex. The Legal 500 said:
“Thompson Smith and Puxon’s employment team impresses with its ‘realistic advice, an understanding of clients’ needs and communication that is delivered to a high standard’. Focus areas regarding employer matters include strategic advice and risk assessment, contracts and policies, disciplinary procedures, TUPE, restrictive covenants, dismissals and redundancies, disputes, tribunals and settlement agreements, while individuals are being represented in their equal pay, maternity/paternity rights, TUPE, unfair or wrongful dismissal and whistle-blowing claims. During 2017, partner Richard Porter, who ‘listens carefully and then provides clear and concise advice’, and solicitor Sam Welham acted for local and international clients from the media, printing, retail, financial, care, sports, construction, farming, education, engineering, hospitality and professional sectors.”
Jolyon says “I am delighted to be joining a Top Tier Employment team in such a forward-thinking and dynamic firm. I have long-admired TSP and its Business Services team and am well aware of its reputation for offering an effective service for clients. I am really looking forward to helping it build on its current success and expect that my background and experience will fit well with and complement the firm.”
To find out more about the Employment law services that Jolyon can offer for employees click here and for businesses here.
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