Martin Chitty

Martin Chitty helps clients to understand the balance between where they want to be as an employer, how to get there, how much it might cost and how quickly it can be done. Part of this is about understanding employment law issues, but far more is about taking those issues, forming them in to a pragmatic solution, and getting the job done.

Martin tends to get involved in change – whether it is about recruiting from competitors, stopping people leaving and taking information, insourcing, outsourcing and workforce change programmes, or redundancy. All of these need that combination of up-to-date legal knowledge and a clear ability to balance the issues clients face. All require taking the legal framework and using it to drive a practical course of action.

Martin is well known, vastly experienced and puts complex issues in to simple and direct language. His approach is always, "What would I do if it was my money?"

Helping clients to get from where they are to where they want to be with the minimum of employment-related cost and delay is what Martin is all about. That might mean advice on union negotiations, helping clients to reconfigure their workforce, or to resolve a dispute. To do this you need to know the law, but use it to help the client. Martin gives clear and pragmatic advice and does not sit on the fence with what he thinks. Who wants to read an essay? What clients want is trusted advice.

Highlights

Winning a claim where his employer client faced a mullti-million pound annual bill for fringe benefits after a merger.

Finding a way to avoid pension debt crystalisation on an intra-group TUPE transfer by getting the employees to opt out.

Many many cases where Martin and his team managed to stop former employees damaging clients' businesses.

Clients

The widest range -banks, builders, makers of things, professional services, charities, schools, health service providers, care homes, social providers, private equity houses here there and everywhere.

Experience

Helping an industrial client in the recruitment of three teams from a competitor and defending potential claims against the employer client and the staff.

Advising a senior employee on his move to a competitor.

Representing a major airline on a claim for breach of contract by 200 staff members.

Providing restructuring advice on headcount to a large professional services business.

Advising on the employee relations and legal compliance issues in a major outsourcing programme for a professional services firm.

Negotiating the employment aspects of a major acquisition of a holiday business in the UK for a foreign client.

Managing the process of staff transfer, and related agreements, on the acquisition of a major motor component supplier by a client.

Advising on the employee aspects of the sale of a high-profile automotive manufacturer.

Staff consultation on a large public sector change programme.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

    • Rankings & Awards
      2018
      The Legal 500 United Kingdom Hall of Fame - 2018
    • Rankings & Awards
      2018
      Legal 500 - 2018 - Leading individual (Employment)
    • Rankings & Awards
      2018
      Chambers UK 2019 (Employment: Midlands) - Band 1
  • 2016

    • Rankings & Awards
      2016
      Legal 500 - 2016 - Leading individual (Employment)
    • Career
      2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner
  • 2014

    • Career
      2014
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner
  • 1995

    • Career
      1995
      Wragge & Co, partner
  • 1993

    • Career
      1993
      Pinsent Masons, partner
  • 1986

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1986
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1984

    • Career
      1984
      Pinsent & Co, associate
  • 1980

    • Education
      1980
      Durham University, BA Hons Law