Anthony PurvisHead of Employment Law
Ex-Dundas & Wilson (now part of CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang)
Anthony joined Waterfront Solicitors in March 2012 and specialises in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law. He was promoted to partner in April 2017.
He offers succinct and practical advice to both businesses and individuals on various issues including redundancies, unfair and wrongful dismissals claims, unlawful discrimination, grievance and disciplinary procedures, TUPE, staff handbooks, contracts of employment, restrictive covenants and their enforcement, settlement agreements and the employment aspects of corporate reorganisations or sales. His recent work includes:
- Advising the high street retailer, H&M, on HR issues and litigation.
- Defending a claim for injunctive relief and breach of contract in the High Court.
- Advising a US company on the restructure of its UK workforce.
- Conducting the defence of a race discrimination claim.
- Representing the CEO of a restaurant chain in their claim of unfair dismissal.
His clients include both employees and employers across a wide range of business sectors. In his spare time, he enjoys playing Scrabble.
After completing the Bar Vocational Course, Anthony trained as a solicitor at Dundas & Wilson (now part of CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang) and qualified in 2008. He joined Waterfront Solicitors in 2012 and was promoted to Head of Employment in 2015.
Anthony is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.
Why did you decide to join Waterfront?
The atmosphere and way of doing things here is very refreshing when compared to some of the larger firms.
Why did you choose to specialise in employment law?
It’s all about balancing the commercial interests of a business with the rights and feelings of an individual, which makes it really interesting.
What’s the most common legal mistake businesses make?
Not taking advice first. A five minute call with a lawyer can prevent a very costly mistake.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job?
When the result exceeds the client’s expectations.