Adam Grant

Partner, Head of Employment

Employment

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Expertise

Adam partners with companies and senior leadership teams to ensure the effective day-to-day and strategic management of staff. This means understanding the business – delivering clear, concise and practical solutions and working to achieve commercial aims.

His practice covers the full range of employment law including advising on complex disciplinary, performance and discrimination issues; project managing restructures, redundancies, contractual variations and boardroom matters; transactional support in particular TUPE and outsourcing; and dispute resolution starting from managing grievances all the way through to defending claims in the Employment Tribunal and High Court. Adam has considerable expertise in commercial projects, hospitality, trade associations, recruitment, later living and the arts.

Adam also acts for senior executives and high net worth individuals. His focus is on helping them enter and exit the employment relationship in the most efficient and financially beneficial manner, including protecting bonuses and advising on the impact of post-employment restrictions.

Recent Experience

  • Collective redundancies – advising two global brands on large scale resourcing reductions.
  • Covid – supporting businesses to create new hybrid working arrangements.
  • Business Protection – representing a recruitment business in protecting its client base and preventing a team move brought about by former employees joining a competitor.
  • Remuneration structures – guiding a national business through significant changes to long standing commission and bonus arrangements for its senior management team.
  • TUPE/Outsourcing – advising a global fashion brand on the outsourcing of its warehouse and distribution functions including the associated TUPE risks.
  • Senior Executives – representing a Chief Executive in respect of claims for whistleblowing, unfair dismissal and breach of contract.

Career History

Adam qualified into the Wedlake Bell Employment team in 2004. Prior to that, he obtained a degree in Law and Business from Keele University and his LPC from Nottingham Law School.

Adam has co-authored Boardroom Employment Law: From Recruitment to Dismissal (ICSA Publishing) and is a regular commentator in the national press and HR publications on employment law matters. Adam also provides clients with bespoke employment law training.

Publications

Adam has co-authored Boardroom Employment Law: From Recruitment to Dismissal (ICSA Publishing) and is a regular commentator in the national press and HR publications on employment law matters. Adam also provides clients with bespoke employment law training.

Adam Grant is our go to solicitor of choice. A true partner who cares about you and your business. He understand the law, explains it in a clear and concise manner and provides exceptional commercial solutions.

Legal 500, 2023

The team, led by Adam Grant, go the extra mile to get to know your business, the key personnel and what you are looking to achieve.

Legal 500, 2023

Adam Grant and his team are excellent. His advice is always spot on and he steers us through any issues we may have with sensitivity and clarity.

Legal 500, 2023

I mainly work with Adam Grant who has been brilliant over the years – succinct, knowledgeable and responsive. He has taken the time to learn about our industry and UK office / team. A pleasure to work with!

Legal 500, 2022

Jemma Pugh and Adam Grant provide most of our day-to-day advice. They are both able to take the legal position and help align it to the requirements of the organisation.

Legal 500, 2022

The department is led by Adam Grant, who advises on business reorganisations, outsourcing and transactional issues, as well as litigation before the Employment Tribunal and the High Court.

Legal 500, 2017

News

Off the record conversations – reliance on the without prejudice rule and section 111A ERA – what are the limits?

It is often in the interests of the parties to any dispute to settle the matter quickly and amicably. Litigation, being expensive and time consuming, is generally seen as aRead more

Bulletins

Home Is Where the Workplace Is

On 19 July 2021, the government removed guidance that recommended that workers based in England should continue to work from home where they can. For some, a return to theRead more

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Appraisals – common pitfalls and challenges

We have all had that feeling around appraisal season. Everything seems fine so why waste time when we have work to get on with? However, with many employees still workingRead more

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Jabs and jobs; a legal analysis

Outlining the risk The number of people in the UK that have received the Covid-19 vaccine is now over 12 million. As the number rises, employers may wish to keepRead more

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Appraisals – common pitfalls and challenges

We have all had that feeling around appraisal season. Everything seems fine so why waste time when we have work to get on with. However, with many employees still workingRead more

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2022 – Employment law changes and trends

The Government has engaged in a number of consultations considering fundamental changes to employment law. With the ongoing pandemic, many consultations have stalled, but if they are concluded (and thereRead more

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2021 Employment Law – A Year in Reflection

Like 2020, 2021 remained one that (for the right or wrong reasons) will long stick in the memory. The start and end of 2021 saw rising COVID infections and workRead more

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Employment law – changes and trends for the start of 2021

Despite the COVID-19 crisis significantly impacting the ability of many businesses to plan with certainty, there remain a number of key employment changes and challenges which need to be addressedRead more

Legal Podcast

Episode 2: Liability for harassment – Protecting your organisation

In this podcast, Adam Grant and Blair Adams, Partners in our Employment Team, explain how anti-harassment training can protect employers from liability, and discuss the best approach to confidentiality provisionsRead more

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The Good Work Plan

It has been trailed by the Government as the most important package of employment rights for a generation. Whilst it does contain a number of actual and potential new measures,Read more

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Harassment claims – protecting your business

What is harassment? The legal definition of harassment is very wide. Harassment can be on grounds of sex, race or a number of other protected characteristics. The law also specificallyRead more

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Last orders? Banning drinking during working hours

Lloyds’ decision to ban drinking during work hours has drawn much attention, but what is the law? Lloyds’ recent decision to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to drinking during working hoursRead more

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Update: National Living Wage, National Minimum Wage and Compensation Limits

The government has announced the new rates and limits which will be introduced from April 2018 in relation to the National Living Wage, National Minimum Wage and employment compensation limits.Read more

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Roundtable: employment

At the forefront of everyone’s mind, Wedlake Bell’s head of employment Adam Grant notes, is leaving the EU and what it will mean for workers across the divide. ‘We’ve gotRead more

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Summer holidays – common problems for employers

As school terms end and the recent heat wave continues workers now turn their attention to their summer break. As we enter this peak holiday season we examine some ofRead more

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Employment Update – Festive Season: Employer Checklist

The festive season is now upon us. It offers a wonderful opportunity to reward staff and to catch up with colleagues and clients in a more relaxed atmosphere as peopleRead more

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Employment compensation limits: new rates

Type of compensation Before 6 April 2017 From 6 April 2017 Limit on a week’s pay for calculating (i) statutory redundancy and (ii) the unfair dismissal basic award £479 £489Read more

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TERMINATION PAYMENTS – THE NEW TAX RULES

New rules come into force on 6 April 2018 that will affect how termination payments are taxed and whether an employee can benefit from the £30,000 tax exemption. The overallRead more

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Joint employer concept to be tested in High Court – Adam Grant & Blair Adams comments were published in Personnel Today

This article was orginally published by Personnel Today. In a case that could open the door for more than 3 million outsourced workers to negotiate directly with their de factoRead more

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How harassment escapes justice

  “Employers should provide clear avenues for complaint in a sexual harassment policy, with alternatives in case the harasser should be in management.” Adam Grant, our Head of Employment, wasRead more

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Dress down for work as the heatwave continues – Adam Grant comments for the times

This article was originally published by The Times. Older readers might remember the excitement when “dress down Fridays” arrived in London law firms in the wake of west coast techRead more

Bulletins

National Minimum Wage: new rates

Worker category Minimum wage per hour (1 October 2016 to 31 March 2017) Minimum wage per hour (from 1 April  2017)   National living wage (workers aged 25 and over)Read more

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Employment Tribunal Fees are unlawful

In a monumental decision handed down today, the Supreme Court has found that the current Employment Tribunal fees regime (Fees Regime) is unlawful. The immediate consequence is that the FeesRead more

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Sexual harassment in the workplace: Uber media outcry alerts employers to cut the risk

Sexual harassment in the workplace is in the spotlight after widespread publicity of claims by a former employee at technology firm Uber. Adam Grant and Jemma Pugh at legal firmRead more