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James Townsend

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Partner

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Specialist Areas

Retail and Leisure

James Townsend - Partner

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Phone: 01753 278658

Email: james.townsend@bpcollins.co.uk

"formidable knowledge of case law and technical detail"

Legal 500 - The Clients' Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Recognised as an expert on all aspects of employment law in both the private and public sectors, James Townsend is a partner within the eight-strong employment team at B P Collins LLP.

As head of the firm's retail and leisure and business immigration teams, he specialises in statutory and contractual disputes (involving employees, directors, agents, consultants, workers and partners), collective consultation issues, executive terminations, High Court injunctions (especially team moves) and the domestic employment aspects of national and international business mergers and acquisitions.

James is regarded as a trusted adviser and first port of call on employment matters for a variety of clients operating in a number of different sectors, including a national retailer (one of the 10 largest privately owned companies in the UK), one of the world's leading automotive suppliers, a national charity and a global retailer in the consumer technology industry (with operations in 14 countries).

James often works in tandem with specialist counsel on high value, complex and appellate level actions and has been involved in cases at all levels, including some that have gone before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

James is a keen proponent of limiting unnecessary costs for clients, either by utilising alternative dispute resolution methods in litigation, such as mediation, or, where mediation fails, of solicitors undertaking their own advocacy. He regularly represents clients before the Employment Tribunal and in the Employment Appeals Tribunal. He also represents clients before the High Court on interlocutory matters.

A member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association, James is also a regular commentator on employment law topics in the press on issues such as discrimination and gender inequality in the workplace.

One client recently paid James the following accolade: “Professional, personable and provided excellent advice – he is a pleasure to do business with.”

Alpine adjudicator

In his spare time, James is a keen skier who negotiates the slopes abroad and is also enthusiastic about water sports.

Previous experience

James trained with B P Collins, where he qualified as a solicitor in 2002.  Following a brief stint working for an international practice in the city of London, James returned to B P Collins and was promoted to partner in May 2010.

Education

James was educated at Cranleigh School and is a graduate of both the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and the College of Law.

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms    Townsend, James

Membership:
Employment Lawyers Association
Immigration Law Practitioners' Association