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James Sage

Partner

T: 01225 730 231 (DDI)
T: 01225 730 100
E: james.sage@roydswithyking.com

James is a partner in our Employment team and advises employers and employees on any employment law issue.
He is also head of our Social Care team and has many years’ experience advising care providers on employment law and regulatory issues, for which his work has been recognised by the Legal 500 (the clients’ guide to the best law firms) as “excellent”.



About James

James joined Royds Withy King in October 2016 from Burroughs Day in Bristol.

James has a wealth of experience advising clients on disciplinary action and dismissals, sickness absence and performance management, grievances, redundancies and business transfers. He also represents clients in bringing or defending Employment Tribunal claims, particularly in whistleblowing and sex, pregnancy/maternity discrimination cases. James also regularly provides HR and employment law training to business clients.

As head of our Social Care team, James has particular expertise in advising care providers on employment issues specific to the sector (including National Minimum Wage compliance), managing safeguarding investigations, CQC registration and compliance, fees and funding, and care specific contracts and policies. He is also regularly invited to speak at regional and national care conferences.

Work highlights

  • Advising a care provider on taking disciplinary action against an employee, dealing with a related whistleblowing investigation and making safeguarding referrals to the local authority.
  • Advice and assistance on a three phase redundancy and restructuring exercise for a large manufacturing business, without any staff appealing the decisions or pursuing Employment Tribunal claims.
  • Representing a group of over 100 workers with claims for failure to inform and consult about a business transfer and redundancies, unfair dismissal, redundancy pay and breach of contract.

Interests

Outside of work, James enjoys watching and playing rugby, learning Spanish and travelling.

I enjoy helping clients achieve the best possible outcome to their legal issue and always provide practical advice in plain English.

James Sage

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