James Pike is a partner in the Labour & Employment Practice based in the Manchester office.

James has extensive experience supporting corporate clients with complex employment-related issues. He provides commercial and business-focused advice, which supports his clients in securing their desired outcomes and navigating them through the associated legal risks.

Clients regularly come to James for his support with board-level disputes, complex discrimination matters, large-scale redundancies and complex TUPE transfers. He also advises clients in relation to industrial relations matters, such as recognition/derecognition of trade unions, navigating pay negotiations and disputes, and resolving threatened and taken industrial action.

James has a particular specialism in advising clients in relation to National Minimum Wage compliance, which includes undertaking internal audits and advising clients during HMRC investigations.

James is also an experienced litigator, having supported clients with defending the full gambit of employment tribunal claims, from unfair dismissal, to multiparty discrimination, whistleblowing and TUPE-related claims. He has significant experience in navigating complex pieces of litigation and securing clients’ desired outcomes.

Clients have praised James in The Legal 500, saying, “James Pike is an exceptional individual. He is very straightforward to work with, is available and responsive and provides advice in a pragmatic manner. He is calm and reassuring in his communication and has a key strength in encouraging us to think through broader implications.”

James has also been recognised in Chambers & Partners as an Associate to Watch, and where clients have stated that "He gives clear, straight-to-the-point advice" and “he is exceptional at what he does”.

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  • England and Wales
  • “Superb experience with James – his experience, insight and knowledge were invaluable.” Chambers and Partners UK
  • “James is consistently a star for us. He has the complete trust of my people team colleagues and, importantly, our CEO.” Chambers and Partners UK
  • “We always take his (James’) advice. He is excellent at explaining what we need to do and why we need to do it.” Chambers and Partners UK
  • “James Pike has an excellent approach to employment litigation and strikes a clear balance between risk and commerciality. He is not afraid to hold us to account as the client, which is greatly appreciated and helps us to make appropriate decisions.” The Legal 500 UK

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