John advises employers and employees in both the public and private sector on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious employment and HR issues.

John regularly advises on both day-to-day employment matters, including grievances, disciplinary matters, and sickness absence, as well as complex projects involving redundancy, restructuring and outsourcing. John also has considerable experience of conducting employment litigation, including advising on complex, multi-party discrimination and whistleblowing claims.

In addition to his employment expertise, John specialises in business immigration, advising on a wide variety of immigration matters such as right to work issues, sponsor duties and visa applications.

A client quote from Legal 500 says, "John Smith is clearly able to offer not just guidance but hands-on training as well. He is clearly very passionate and will get involved in the minute details where we simply do not have the knowledge or experience. With his cross-over experience with employment, he helps to try to proactively manage any cases for which additional guidance may be required and steer us towards getting advice outside of immigration as well…. John has shown patience and resilience when working with us."

John is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Immigration Law Practitioners Association. He also regularly runs client training seminars and is a contributor to XpertHR and Practical Law.

John qualified in 2016 and his supervisor is Liz Cotton.


  • Advising a multinational corporation on a complex, multi-party grievance and subsequent disciplinary investigation.
  • Advising a FTSE-100 defence and security group on the full range of employment matters, including day-to-day employment advice and employment tribunal claims.
  • Acting for a large retailer defending complex employment tribunal claims including discrimination and whistleblowing claims.
  • Defending a public body in a complex disability discrimination claim.
  • Delivering bespoke training and workshops for clients on employment and immigration law.


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