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Marty Burn

Marty Burn PhotographOxford Employment Law Solicitors was founded in 2002 by Marty Burn, a graduate of Balliol College, Oxford University. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, he is an accredited mediator and a Notary Public.

Marty Burn has a wide experience in all areas of employment law, is experienced in giving media interviews and frequently gives presentations to business groups.

Acting for Employers

Marty Burn has acted for employers of all shapes and sizes from large corporations to small employers with only a few employees. He regularly advises employers and HR professionals on all areas of employment law issues particularly those affecting senior staff arising from corporate or management restructuring. These include TUPE, redundancy, unfair dismissal, discrimination, termination, compromise agreements, bonuses, share options, contractual issues, grievances and discipline and employment documentation. He also advises on issues relating to including equal opportunities, bullying at work, how to manage poor performance and absences due to ill health.

Acting for Employees

Marty Burn also acts for employees and in particular senior executives, managers and senior academics. He regularly provides advice on contracts of employment and directorís service agreements, compromise agreements and termination packages and the tax consequences, the validity of a redundancy process, flexible working and advice on bonus schemes, commission structures or share options.

Recent employment law work

Marty Burn's current and recent projects include some of the following issues:

  • Advising employers on fair redundancy procedures.
  • Acting for both employers and employees in relation to Employment tribunal cases in whistleblowing, sexual harassment and discrimination claims.
  • Advising on many severance agreements and compromise agreements in both public and private sectors for senior executives, managers, senior academics and other employees.
  • Advising on employee moves, involving advice on restrictive covenants, confidentiality and TUPE issues.
  • Appeals to the Employment Appeals Tribunal to include advising a partner of firm of solicitors in the recent EAT case Williamson & Soden Solicitors V Mr J J R Briars.
  • Preparing and negotiating consultancy agreements.

Justin Godbolt

Justin PhotographJustin Godbolt joined Oxford Employment Law Solicitors in 2003, one year after it was founded by Marty Burn. Justin is a graduate of Bristol University and studied the Legal Practice Course at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Justin originally specialised in company and commercial law, and although his area of practice has increasingly specialised in employment law since 2003, he still advises clients on company law (such as share capital restructuring and shareholder agreements) and commercial law (such as drafting and updating bespoke terms of business).

Acting for Employers

Justin acts for employers in many different industries, from bioscience to manufacturing, employment agencies to satellite companies. His clients include small employers, as well as national and international companies. He has built enduring relationships with many HR professionals whom he advises on all aspects of employment law, from redundancies to discipline and capability procedures, from TUPE to contractual matters, and from restructures to defending Tribunal claims.

Justin's background in commercial law makes him ideally suited to advise on commercial matters affecting employer clients, and he specialises in advising employment agencies and employment businesses on many aspects of their business, including the impact of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations, the Agency Worker Regulations, and industry specific terms of business. He has advised the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) on aspects of their template terms for employment agencies and employment businesses.

Justin has particular experience in advising in respect of TUPE issues; a notoriously complicated and specialist area of employment law.

Acting for Employees

Justin's practice includes acting for employees on all aspects of employment law, including redundancy, negotiating severance packages / compromise agreements, unfair dismissal, bullying and discrimination, maternity and flexible working.

Justin regularly provides advice on contractual matters, including confidentiality and post termination restrictive covenants, and has acted for many employees defending claims against them. He also provides advice on going through grievances and disciplinary procedures, and is known for his pragmatism when it comes to how to deal with these situations.

Recent employment law work

Justin's current and recent projects include:

  • Advising an employer client on the redundancy and TUPE aspects of the closure of a distribution depot.
  • Advising a national employment business on issues surrounding the Agency Worker Regulations.
  • Successfully defending an employee client against high value claims regarding his alleged breach of confidentiality and restrictive covenants.
  • Advising an employer in the difficult situation of dealing with a disabled employee on long term sickness absence.
  • Negotiating an employee client a substantial severance package after suffering bullying and harassment from his employer.

Recent testimonials for Justin include:

  • "I'm most grateful for the advice which you gave me, which was very clear and helpful, and has helped to achieve a good result."