James Simpson

James is a Partner and Head of the Employment team.

He has over 20 years of experience advising clients on employment and HR matters, including employment tribunal and litigation claims. His practice also covers non-contentious work including the drafting of employment related agreements, documents and policies, together with the employment aspects of restructurings and transactions, including cross-border work.

His clients are typically SMEs and entrepreneurs in the Thames Valley, where he can bring his experience to help them manage risk, grow, and expand their business interests. James also helps individuals with disputes at work and settlement agreements. Having practiced in Oxford, he also has particular expertise in the education sector, helping schools, FE Colleges and Universities with employment related matters including safeguarding, academisation projects and special educational needs obligations.

James also has vast experience in advising clients in the IT, pharma, transport and high-end jewellery sectors.

He is recognised as a leading practitioner by both Chambers & Partners UK and The Legal 500, and is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association. In addition, James is an active member of the IR Global network and regularly advises overseas clients on UK employment matters.

James is also a non-executive director for an SME.

“a City-calibre employment lawyer”

The Legal 500, UK

Career History:

  • 2017: Partner and Head of Employment, Blaser Mills Law
  • 2013: Partner, Blake Morgan LLP
  • 2006: Partner and Head of Employment, Henmans¬†Freeth LLP
  • 1993: Qualified