Chris Cook

Chris Cook

Head of Employment & Data Protection
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EXPERTISE

Having specialised in employment law for my entire career, I advise businesses and individuals on all aspects of their employment rights and responsibilities.

I advise employers on procedural issues such as disciplinary and grievance matters, with extensive experience in redundancy/restructuring programmes and transfer of undertakings for business ownership transfers. A large proportion of my work involves Employment Tribunal litigation, where I negotiate directly with opponents or via ACAS to achieve the best possible outcome for my clients.

I regularly advise individuals who are undergoing redundancy or restructuring programmes, including advice on the processes that their employers should be following, how to handle consultation meetings, and negotiating redundancy compensation packages.

With niche expertise in education law, I also head up SA Law’s Education department. We advise nurseries, independent schools, higher education establishments, colleges and universities. A highlight of this was developing SA Law’s fixed fee package to assist state schools convert to academy status.

KEY EXPERIENCE

  • I qualified as a solicitor on 1st January 2001
  • Member of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
  • Member of the Education Law Association (ELAS). 
  • Advising a large financial company operating a venture capital fund on the employment aspects of numerous investments
  • Acting on behalf of several purchasers, dealing with due diligence, raising additional enquiries, preparing detailed reports, and warranty and indemnity advice.
  • Acting on behalf of an employer in a High Court injunction and damages claim against a former employee
  • Advising an insolvency practitioner on the employment aspects of a pre-pack administration
  • Advising a private school on a personality clash dismissal, and representing the school in the subsequent unfair dismissal tribunal proceedings
  • Advising in disciplinary proceedings including acting for clients in disputes with the NHS, the Football Association and the Police force
  • Advising educational establishments including nurseries, schools (both independent and academies), colleges and universities on safeguarding.
  • Data Protection.

CAREER HISTORY

  • Partner, Head of Employment & Data Protection, SA Law
  • Solicitor, SA Law 
  • Solicitor, Pictons 
  • Trainee Solicitor, Pictons 
  • College of Law, Guildford, LLB, (PGDLP)
  • University of Kent, LLB Law 

IN GENERAL

  • Trustee at St Columba’s College in St Albans
  • Speaks basic French

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Events and Webinars
On demand webinar: Restrictive Covenants in employment contracts

Watch our webinar on restrictive covenants that focusses on employment contracts and will include non-compete and non-solicit clauses, advice for ex-employers…

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Covid-19
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) extended to 30th September 2021

The 2021 Budget has announced the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to 30 September 2021 which is a welcome relief for employees and employers…

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Views & Insights
The UK’s Points-Based Immigration System

Chris Cook and Nishma Chudasama look at the new points-based immigration system which came into force on 1st January 2021.

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Great response times, sound industry knowledge and advice appropriate to the sector where the client operates.
The Legal 500
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Views & Insights
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended

CJRS extended from 31 October 2020 to 31 March 2021 as UK ushers in lockdown 2.0

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SA Law thank clients for exceptional feedback in Chambers & Partners

SA Law achieves recognition for four of its teams, as well as for six individual lawyers in the 2021 Chambers & Partners research.

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SA Law celebrates outstanding Legal 500 result

SA Law continue to be applauded for commitment, technical abilities and excellence in client care in the 2021 Legal 500.

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Views & Insights
Winter Economy Plan - What is the Job Support Scheme and how will it work?

Chris Cook examines the key points from Rishi Sunak's coronavirus winter economy plan.

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Data Protection and workplace coronavirus testing

Managing the data protection challenges of workplace coronavirus testing

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Guidance for enabling a safe “return to work”

A guide to returning to work safely for those who are unable to work from home.

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Views & Insights
EU-US Privacy Shield declared invalid

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield as an appropriate mechanism to meet the GDPR’s cross-border personal data transfer…

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BP Fuels Diversity and Inclusion Drive

Partner and Head of Employment & Data Protection Chris Cook comments in Personnel Today regarding BP's announcement of their new Diversity & Inclusion…

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GDPR: two years on

Chris Cook examines a recent report from the European Commissions review of the GDPR, two years on.

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Chris has a fantastic amount of knowledge about our industry and is always happy to provide advice and help where required.
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