Oxford 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.
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 director’s service agreements, settlement 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 unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, sexual harassment and discrimination claims.
- Advising on many severance agreements and settlement 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.
- Preparing and negotiating consultancy agreements.
- Advising employers on changing terms and conditions and closure of final salary pension schemes.
Justin 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 is a specialist employment lawyer, but has a background in company and commercial law and still advises on these areas.
Acting for Employers
Justin acts for employers in many different industries, from bioscience to manufacturing, employment agencies to satellite communications 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 disciplinary and capability procedures, from TUPE to contractual matters, and from restructures to defending Employment Tribunal claims.
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 / settlement 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 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.”
- “Thank you once again for all the advice, support and work you did for me – your support helped me to come to turns with the situation and allowed me to move on. I have recommended a few people to you when asked and will continue to do so in the future.”
- “I would like to thank you for your tremendous assistance with this case. When I first contacted you I was very disturbed and did not know who or where to turn; it was a relief when you decided to help. Thank you so very much. I am truly grateful.”
- “Thank you for your help – for me I have a sum of money which I can invest to give me the income I would have had if I had not been redundant. Thank you for your help in our time of need.”
- “Thank you for your help throughout this process and for making a potentially unpleasant situation as painless and straightforward as possible.”
- “I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for having acted on my behalf. My time with [employer] was in the main a very unhappy time for me where I undoubtedly suffered discrimination. I feel you believed in me and after the treatment I received that means a lot. Thank you also for your professionalism and speed in which you have dealt with my situation.”