Jonathan is Head of our Employment Department and has over 30 years’ of experience advising and guiding individual clients and major businesses on a full range of employment matters, including complex redundancies, business reorganisations and TUPE transfers. He has particular experience and expertise in advising employers on devising effective strategies to secure the removal of underperforming executives and the negotiation of favourable severance terms on their behalf.
Jonathan acts for numerous international clients with business interests in the UK and frequently provides trusted advice on UK employment and immigration law in a wide range of commercial scenarios, including business disposals, restructuring and outsourcing exercises.
"I have always found [Jonathan Dale] to be professional, down to earth and excellent to deal with."
"Jonathan [Dale] offers a consistent service; he is prompt to respond and provides valuable guidance."
"Jonathan Dale is excellent. Able to get to the heart of the issue and able to offer sound advice. Tenacious and a sense of humour, which often helps when dealing with tricky cases!"
"Jonathan Dale is excellent to deal with. he is responsive, proportionate in his responses, has a balanced view and is very clearly experienced. As we are not from the UK, Jonathan’s ability to explain the nuances to us is most appreciated. I would definitely recommend working with Jonathan, and in fact have recommended him to my network."
"Partner Jonathan Dale is a highly experienced and accomplished employment lawyer who calmly but firmly always finds the right solutions for you and excels in diligence."
"Jonathan Dale and his team respond very quickly and reliably. Communication via electronic channels is efficient and the quality of the advisory service is also very good. In particular, the right questions are asked so that hidden obstacles can be avoided. The service is worth every penny and the fee structure is also very competitive."
"Jonathan Dale is easily contacted and quick to respond with up-to-date, practical advice."
"He is very helpful, approachable and polite, and he is clear in the advice he is giving." "He is a strong technical lawyer; you can be confident in the strength of his advice."
"He is highly experienced and has a calm and careful manner with clients, which is reassuring."
"We have worked with Jonathan Dale in particular on several matters. He is very approachable and willing to help, often at short notice."
“We have been very pleased with the way that this sensitive matter has been handled right from the start. Thank you on behalf of the business for guiding us through, given our lack of knowledge of the UK system.”
"I would like express our gratitude for your highly professional and efficient conduct of this matter."
“’Extremely knowledgeable’ and clients appreciate his ‘sound advice, explained in a straightforward way.”
“Jonathan Dale offered sound employment law advice in clear terms and is very knowledgeable. As our matter progressed proposed solutions had to be revised at short notice and Jonathan's input has proved invaluable.”
"Jonathan heads the department and stands out as being "highly technically able"."
"Jonathan Dale is acclaimed for his technical abilities and personable approach."
"Jonathan Dale is a "competent and amiable" employment practitioner who is well versed in advising businesses involved in mass redundancy programmes, restructuring exercises and transactions."
"By giving us prompt, clear commercial advice and flexible support during our recent transaction, Nick Scott and Jonathan Dale helped us complete our deal favourably. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Andrew Jackson to others."
News & Events
Drugs and alcohol testing in the workplace: HR Forum advises employers on best practice
An event intended to assist employers and HR professionals on devising best practice polices for drugs and alcohol testing in the workplace has been hosted by Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP, in collaboration with Associated British Ports (ABP). The HR Forum, which covered a number of key issues including drug and …More
Promoting the Southern North Sea regions as an offshore and marine energy hub
Jonathan Dale, partner and head of our Employment department, recently embarked on a Northern Powerhouse Trade Mission to the Netherlands organised by the Department of International Trade. Jonathan spent three days attending a number of conferences and exhibitions, visiting stands of exhibiting clients and other international businesses showcasing their activities …More
World Cup 2018: Seven points for employers
With the World Cup just around the corner, Head of our Employment Department, Jonathan Dale, recommends that employers check their holiday and flexible working policies, in anticipation of requests from staff to take time off to watch – or even attend – matches. Jonathan has provided a useful seven-point plan to …More
Post-Brexit business immigration: What is the current situation for employers?
As the UK prepares its formal exit from the EU on the 31st January, many businesses who recruit from overseas or who have operations within the EU are facing a significant degree of uncertainty. To assist these businesses, our dedicated employment and business immigration team has pulled together the facts …More
Brexit and EU workers: Could you and your business be affected?
Increasingly, clients who employ EU workers are seeking advice on the situation around Brexit and its potential impacts on their business and employees. In response to these enquires, our dedicated Brexit team has developed a new document, which outlines some of the key issues we can help you with. You …More
Tillman v Egon Zehnder Ltd: Supreme Court reviews restrictive covenants in UK employment contracts
The recent Supreme Court judgment in the case of Tillman v Egon Zehnder Ltd was the first time in nearly 100 years that the highest court in the UK has considered post-employment restrictions in a contract of employment. Could this ruling around restrictive covenants affect you and your business? &…More
Pregnancy and maternity leave: extending redundancy protection for new parents
Context Women on maternity leave have the right to be offered suitable alternative vacancies, where available, in order to avoid redundancy and they don’t need to take part in a selection process. ‘Suitable alternative employment’ in this context is work that is suitable and appropriate for the employee to …More
Why are female workers more likely than men to miss out on annual paid leave and holiday pay?
Recent analysis by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) suggests that female workers are less likely to take their full annual leave entitlement than men are. The TUC's analysis also provides a number of startling statistics such as: 1 in 14 workers are not getting their legal entitlement to paid …More
Do I Need To Pay My Employees Overtime Pay?
A recent Employment Tribunal case involving a well-known High Street store has highlighted a problem that many employers may not have addressed regarding overtime pay. In Mr J Fitz v Holland and Barrett Retail Limited (HB), Mr Fitz successfully claimed that time he spent opening and closing the Holland &…More
8 Crucial Changes to Employment Law in 2019
It is often said that the area of law which changes the most is employment law. Well, at the moment that certainly seems to be the case. Typically the month of April brings with it a raft of updates to current regulations and revisions to rates of statutory payments. If …More
Employment law changes coming up in 2019
In addition to making arrangements for legislation arising out of the Good Work Plan, employers should be thinking about a number of upcoming employment law changes in 2019. Employment Tribunals Most employers may not be aware that the Employment Tribunal has the power to impose a penalty upon employers (in …More
Drug testing at work and unfair dismissal
Many employers now apply drug and alcohol policies to their workforces. Misuse of drugs or alcohol at work can lead a number of serious issues including health and safety, absenteeism and poor performance. However, even where there is an established policy in place, it must still be applied in a …More
The Good Work Plan: How will it impact your business?
The Government has recently published its Good Work Plan which, it says, presents the 'Government's vision for the future of the UK labour market'. The Good Work Plan primarily sets out the Government's response to the Taylor Review, a 2017 report on UK working practices. That report was …More
Sleeping on the job
In a hugely significant decision which will see many employers breathing a huge sigh of relief, the Court of Appeal has held that employees sleeping in at their employers’ premises while ‘on call’ are not entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage for their entire shift. Based on the …More
What will Brexit mean for employment law?
It is unlikely that the UK's decision to leave the EU will dramatically transform UK employment law, although we can expect some changes. What form those changes may take is unknown, as it will depend upon which party is in power following the EU exit. Jonathan Dale, head of …More
Is your business ready for key employment law changes?
To help businesses - large and small - prepare for a number of imminent changes to employment law, our head of employment law, Jonathan Dale, has highlighted five key areas that ought to be on an employer's radar. 1. Living and Minimum Wage From April this year, the Living Wage, which …More
Engaging workers on a self employed basis? Here's what you need to know
A growing number of companies are using self-employed workers to help fill gaps in the workforce and to cover different shift patterns. Whilst these workers offer a great degree of flexibility to suit the needs of the company, it is important not to blur the lines on self-employment. …More