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Richard White


T: 01225 459 953 (DDI)
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Richard qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and was promoted to partner in January 2010. Richard is recommended as a "Leader in his field" in the Chambers Independent Guide to the Legal Profession and is described as a “standout lawyer” in the Legal 500 directory.

About Richard

Specialising in all aspects of employment law for businesses and individuals, Richard has a strong employer client base and regularly advises on discrimination issues, complex redundancies, re-organisations and business transfers. He often gives seminars and training sessions on a range of topical employment issues which clients acknowledge as being “interesting and beneficial”.

In Chambers & Partners directory, Richard has been described by a client as “superb in his approach, exceedingly knowledgeable and really understands business“. Noted by The Legal 500 UK as “very responsive” and “approachable”, Richard “provides a good sounding board for employment related issues” and “offers pragmatic common sense advice at all times”.

Examples of Richard’s recent work includes:

  • Settling a complex unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claim on favourable terms for the employer
  • Advising on the purchase of a business out of administration including complex TUPE and insolvency issues
  • Successfully defending a high value disability discrimination claim
  • Advising on a restructuring and large scale redundancy process resulting in no claims being made against the employer.

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Helping my clients successfully manage their workforce is what motivates me. Employment Law is awash with traps and pitfalls for employers and by working as part of their team, I am able to help clients steer their businesses through successfully

Richard White

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