Ian Pettifer Specialist in Employment Law

Ian has specialised in employment law and related aspects of law at work for over 20 years.

He has helped a wide range of people and organisations, in many differing sectors and industries. Ian advises employees, directors, groups of workers and their representatives, commercial businesses of all sizes from start-ups to listed PLCs and including public sector and not for profit organisations such as charities, care providers or educational bodies.
Ian is a Chartered Member of the CIPD (the professional body for Human Resources Managers) helpswhich helps him to work more effectively and efficiently with your HR managers and external HR consultants, to ensure we dovetail our services to fit your needs better.

Ian's work includes advising on all kinds of issues at work such as holiday pay and wages, through to more involved problems such as disciplinary, grievance, sickness or performance issues, business issues arising from business transfers or restructuring exercises, employee relations, consultation and industrial relations issues. Also more unusual areas of the law at work including data protection, professional conduct, and international and cross-border issues. Ian also prepares contracts (for employment and various other working relationships) and assists with the legal aspects of employee handbooks and policy documents for employers.

When problems arise which cannot be resolved in the workplace, you can be assured of staunch and robust from Ian in support in litigation, informed by clear commercial advice on the options. Ian will often appear as an advocate before Employment Tribunals, and he has brought and defended proceedings relating to issues over restraint of trade, trade secrets and unfair competition after employees have left businesses taking customers with them. He has also taken a case to Europe, arguing his client’s case before the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Ian is always happy to meet clients in our offices (he is based in Birmingham, but frequently visits our Gloucester office) or can meet clients in more convenient locations around central and southern England to suit their needs.

Recent client feedback:

"At a difficult time for me, Ian's manner and actions were always very supportive. His availability was good too which is great as having someone to speak to quickly when needed helps avoid anxiety building."

"Ian has been enormously helpful at a very difficult time."

Additional Info

  • Position: Solicitor
  • Location: Birmingham
  • Telephone: 0121 616 4450
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