Rebecca Jones Principal Associate


Speaks:  English

Qualified: 2006 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives: 2004 - UK

Non-solicitor paralegal: 2002 - UK


Primary office:  Birmingham




Rebecca Jones

Rebecca Jones helps clients to plan for and manage the risk associated with TUPE transfers, achieving the best commercial outcome, a smooth transfer process and successful implementation of any related change. Rebecca will work with you to ensure any TUPE liabilities are fully understood and that adequate protection is negotiated.

With an appreciation that structural and workforce change is often crucial for businesses looking to fulfil organisational objectives, from overall growth to delivering a strategic project, and a particular interest in collective processes, Rebecca is the person to assist with pre- and post-transfer workforce change.

Rebecca understands that employment issues can be complex and the potential to affect individuals on a deeply personal level, with sometimes unexpected consequences, must be factored into planning if a client's aims and objectives are to be achieved. Her 13 years' of experience specialising in a broad range of employment matters ensures her clients always have a perspective on the wider context. They benefit from Rebecca's ability to provide commercially-focused results (drawing upon her completion of a six-month secondment working in a client's commercial legal services team with a TUPE focus), while balancing the need to uphold workforce relations.

"I enjoy the people aspect of what I do and I love finding solutions that deliver both the best results for the organisation and the best for its people. I like to bring sound judgment and commercial nous to help clients navigate their way through TUPE and other challenges. I often find the most valued suggestions draw as much on my practical experience as legal expertise and I enjoy influencing employee communications to get the result my client wants."

Highlights

Rebecca likes breaking new ground so her biggest highlight is when a unionised client in the aviation sector approached her for help on a time-critical insolvency-related restructure. As expected, the transaction presented some unique points of law involving highly complex cross-border insolvency issues and had to factor in European considerations which did not sit squarely with English law. She worked closely with the HR team on the ground to negotiate commercial arrangements and secure compromise agreements with more than 300 staff, tying up potential liabilities and enabling the new business to take off on time.

Rebecca also enjoys the teamwork and relationship aspects of what she does and the opportunity to work with an acquisitive client on a series of transactions, each bringing their own unique challenges, has been a recent highlight. As well as the opportunity to strengthen existing head office relationships, it has enabled her to build new ones at an operational level and gain greater insight into the client's culture along with the sector in which they operate.

Clients

Retailers, manufacturers, investors, airlines, local authorities and healthcare and social housing providers.

Experience

Working with a number of our real estate clients to identify and manage TUPE risks on the purchase of property portfolios. Understanding commercial drivers and engaging with contractors to manage key relationships alongside contractual negotiation.

Advising a major grocery retailer in relation to the acquisition of multiple retail outlets including modelling workforce options, drafting and negotiation of sale agreements and implementation of workforce proposals to achieve the desired workforce model.

Advising a national hotel chain on successful TUPE processes to achieve the sale of six hotels within a short time frame, necessitating consultation in advance of contracts being exchanged.

Sanctuary Housing Association on TUPE aspects of a tender proposal for a significant public sector care contract, delivering solutions to resolve various issues arising on identification of unexpected third party employee transfers.

Various private sector contractors in connection with TUPE aspects of public sector procurement and contract variation.

A large public authority in relation to TUPE and employment issues arising from the partial termination of an outsourced services arrangement.

An acquisitive plc on various transactions involving a range of HR issues from incentivising key executives and identifying and managing risk and exposure in the sale process to post-completion reorganisation.

An internationally recognised business in relation to the engagement of its employees by a new business without allowing TUPE transfers.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2016

    • Career
      July2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, principal associate
    • Career
      February2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, senior associate
  • 2015

    • Career
      2015
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, senior associate
  • 2014

    • Career
      2014
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, associate
  • 2006

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      2006
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
    • Education
      2006
      College of Law, Legal Practice Course
    • Career
      2006
      Wragge & Co LLP, associate
  • 2004

    • Education
      2004
      College of Law, PGDip Law
    • Education
      2004
      Admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      2004
      Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, UK
  • 2002

    • Career
      2002
      Wragge & Co LLP, paralegal and legal executive
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      2002
      Non-solicitor paralegal, UK