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Mark Emery

Mark Emery


T: 01865 268 639 (DDI)
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Mark is an employment specialist working with businesses, charities and individuals, providing advice on all HR and employment-related issues and acting on behalf of employers and individuals if disputes reach tribunal or court.

Mark and his team offered excellent service and immediately available when contacted. Thank you.

Caroline Dunning

About Mark

Independent legal directory Chambers and Partners has ranked Mark as an expert employment lawyer for several years and a “Leader in his field”, saying:

“Employers rate Mark Emery’s knowledgeable, clear, concise and prompt guidance.” (2010)
[Mark] “…wins praise for his dedication: he goes above and beyond the call of duty.” (2011)
He brings “passion to his work and a commitment to his clients”, who he makes “feel part of a winning team.” (2013)
“Clients affirm their confidence in Mark Emery, who is praised for avoiding legalese and legal jargon.” (2014)
“Interviewees note his prowess on contentious employment cases, praising him as “a tenacious litigator – very clever and creative.” (2015)
Mark “provides excellent advice and documentation” (2017)

He works with companies and the charity sector – from small SMEs to international organisations. Costs are obviously important to his clients and he will work with them in a variety of ways, from providing a one-off health-check, ad-hoc advice, or working closely with HR managers on an annual fixed-fee retainer.

He is also an experienced employment tribunal advocate, working with companies, charities and individuals in the Employment Tribunal and the High Court. He has been involved in some groundbreaking legal cases involving national and international companies and charities in issues including race, sex, disability and sexual-orientation discrimination, whistleblowing and dismissal.

Mark works closely with the corporate team providing assistance with MBOs, TUPE, insolvency. He also works with senior employees and directors on all-employment and corporate related issues including dismissal, restrictive covenants and shareholder and directors disputes.

He represents national and international charities in the employment tribunal, including the groundbreaking appeal case of Amnesty International v Ahmed in 2009. He advises on HR issues for charities and, having in the past worked in the charity sector and been Chair of the MC of a charity, has a good understanding of employment issues facing charities.

He has specific expertise in advising charities including Oxford Colleges on constitutional issues, the fiduciary role of trustees and conflicts of interest between trustees/employees, and the use of charitable funds.

Mark also has experience in the education sector, acting for Oxford Colleges, schools, London University Colleges and teachers and lecturers. He has been involved in several complex education departmental disputes which have resulted in amicable resolution without proceeding to litigation.

Many employment disputes involve director disputes, partnership issues. Mark works closely with the CDR team to resolve these disputes with the minimum of fuss and costs.

Mark also sits as a part-time Employment Judge in Wales.


I enjoy dealing with a diverse range of issues on a daily basis; it may be discrete HR advice for a SME, providing training to our retainer clients or advocating at Tribunal on a large discrimination claim. Engaging with clients, getting to grips with their issues, formulating cost effective and sensible solutions and collaborating effectively to deliver them is the core of my role.

Mark Emery

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In writing this article the morning after the vote, I asked employment lawyers across the country – from our soon to be colleagues – (see our merger news here if you haven’t already) at Royds in the City of London to rural-based colleagues what employment law will look like in five years’ time in the UK.

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What could leaving the EU mean for UK employment law?

14 June 2016

With the EU referendum just around the corner, it is crucial that we understand the implications of leaving before we make a decision. As we all know, a substantial amount of employment law in the UK comes from Europe.

So what are the possible employment implications for businesses if the UK votes to leave the EU? Mark Emery, partner in our Employment & HR team, explores the issues.

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Be flexible with staff during the 2016 European Championship

8 June 2016

With the European Football Tournament starting tomorrow (10 June 2016), and some matches due to take place during normal working hours, employers are anticipating some disruption to the workplace over the coming weeks. Mark Emery shares some tips for managing employee absence and keeping up productivity.

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