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Johnathan is a Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution and Employment Department of the Firm, who primarily works from our Fareham and Chichester offices. Johnathan read law at Southampton University and joined Glanvilles in October 2005, thereafter completing his Training Contract with the Firm. During the course of his Training Contract Johnathan also completed his Legal Practice Course at Guildford College of Law with distinction, qualifying as a solicitor in June 2009.
As head of the Dispute Resolution Department, Johnathan specialises in civil litigation and employment law. In particular, Johnathan has extensive experience in complex contractual disputes, having advised upon and conducted proceedings (often to Trial) within a range of higher value disputes and in many different sectors and industries such as construction, supply of materials, goods or components and services. Johnathan also acts for a diverse range of clients, ranging from larger scale commercial and building companies, to individual consumers who have faced significant issues.
In respect of contentious probate, Johnathan has successfully taken undue influence and lack of capacity matters to Trial within various matters and has advised upon a diverse range of disputes of this nature.
Johnathan has acted on behalf of many clients involved in the County Court, High Court and First-Tier Tribunal proceedings and therefore if a matter does progress to formal Court proceedings then it can be dealt with as effectively as possible. Further, Johnathan is an experienced advocate, having conducted an extensive range of hearings, such as Fast and Small Claims Track Trials, Case Management Hearings, Interim Applications and the usual range of other litigation hearings, such as Winding Up and Bankruptcy Petitions and possession claims (commercial and residential).
Johnathan has also conducted and utilised mediation extensively as a method of resolving disputes swiftly and cost-effectively. In the vast majority of Johnathan’s matters where mediation is undertaken, this results in an effective settlement being achieved on the day of the mediation.
In addition to litigation, Johnathan also undertakes both contentious and non-contentious employment law. His non-contentious experience includes the drafting of contracts, settlement agreements, service agreements, policies and procedures. Turning to contentious employment, Johnathan has a wide range of experience in areas such as unfair dismissal (particularly redundancy and conduct and capability issues), wrongful dismissal, statutory rights, discrimination, restrictive covenants and disciplinary and grievance matters.
Johnathan’s employment experience involves acting on behalf of both employers and employees in equal measure, such as working closely with HR managers and directors. The scope of this work ranges from initial consultations, to pre-action correspondence, negotiations and then through to the issuing and completion of Employment Tribunal proceedings.