Jonathan Gray

  • Employment law both contentious and non-contentious
  • Advocacy
  • Workplace and Employment Law mediator
  • Restructures, harmonisations, consultations and TUPE
  • Licensing law, alcohol, entertainment, gaming and taxis
  • Data Protection

Employment – Jonathan has acted for clients in all manner of complex employment law litigation at all stages, including acting as their advocate at the Employment Appeals Tribunal, Employment Tribunal and at ACAS conciliations and mediations. He also advises on the non-litigious side of the employment law relationship for a wide variety of clients ensuring that documentation and procedures deliver what the client needs, from prerecruitment through to post-termination (including restrictive covenants, confidentiality, share and bonus incentives). Jonathan has an in depth knowledge and understanding of unionised workplaces including collective bargaining and recognition issues. As a result of his extensive employment law experience Jonathan has a unique understanding of the specific and complex issues that can arise in particular sectors, such as working time and drivers hours in industry and transport, zero hours in hospitality and leisure, and wage rates and tied accommodation in farming and agriculture. Acting for both employer and employee to give a rounded perspective in generating effective and efficient solutions. Jonathan is also an accredited workplace and employment law mediator.

Jonathan has significant experience in cases dealing with all forms of dismissal and discrimination/detriment (age, race, sex, sexual orientation, religious belief, disability, union activities, health and safety activities and whistleblowing). Equal pay, wage and bonus issues. Working Time, agency, part-time and fixed term workers. TUPE, redundancies, collective consultation and data protection issues.

Jonathan is a regular guest speaker and trainer on employment law for clients, and professional and HR Groups.

Licensing – applications for new and variation of premises licences, Temporary Event Notices and Interim Authorities. Acts as advocate at contested application hearings and reviews before Licensing Committees. Represents at appeals to Magistrates. Work on Temporary Event Notices includes extending existing licences and to get licensable activities, such as the sale of alcohol, for those without an existing licence to host community/festival events at halls, country houses and agricultural sites etc.

Experience in Alcohol and Entertainment, Gaming and Taxi licensing.

Jonathan is ranked in Band 3 for Employment in the South in Chambers & Partners 2016 legal directory.

Special interests





Graduate – LLB Hons, LLM (Southampton) and College of Law (York).

Trained Lamport Bassitt, qualifying 1998, Associate and head of Employment at Lamport Bassitt from 2003, Partner and head of Employment and Licensing at Lamport Bassitt from 2005.

Recent matters

Recently acting for both senior level executives and corporate clients in executive level exit litigation, including High Court, restrictive covenants and Settlement Agreements.

Reported cases:

  • First Hampshire and Dorset Ltd –v- Feist and others (Working Time)
  • Johnson Controls Ltd –v- Campbell and another (TUPE)

Human rights and data protection court cases arising from 24/7 audio and visual surveillance recordings.


Licensing – alcohol and regulated entertainment 1 July 2014

Don’t rely on a “blue pencil” to save a poorly drafted restrictive covenant 29 September 2014

Determining factors in an unfair dismissal claim 18 November 2014

Latest hike in Natinal Minimum Wage 3 February 2015

The Licensed Premises Checklist - Licensing and Employment Law 22 January 2015

Fees in the Employment Tribunal are here to stay (for now) 28 January 2015

Does everyone have the right to be served? 28 May 2015

The national minimum wage, the living wage and tips, what should you be paying your employees? 25 September 2015

The Employment Law Survival Guide 9 December 2015



Jonathan has made dealing with problematic, complex, and often confusing situations, much more understandable, far less painful and thankfully resolvable! He is always calm and reassuring with a professional, yet personal approach.

Rebecca Brown, HR Manager, TAG Global Travel & Events Solutions

Jonathan Gray is a well-regarded tribunal litigator, handling both the preparation and advocacy stages. Clients say he is "patient, knowledgeable, informative" and that they "would recommend him to anyone."

Chambers & Partners 2016

Personal interests

These include: Tennis, Rugby, Cycling and family time.

Contact Jonathan Gray

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