Chris Cook

Chris Cook

Head of SA Law’s Employment & Data Protection department
Head of Employment & Data Protection
Partner
St.Albans
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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 and immigration 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

  • Acting on behalf of an employer in a High Court injunction and damages claim against a former employee
  • 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
  • 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.

IN GENERAL

  • Qualified in 2001
  • Member of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA).
  • Member of the Education Law Association (ELAS)
  • Trustee at St Columba’s College in St Albans
  • Speaks basic French

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In light of the recent Harvey Weinstein allegations, Chris Cook details how employers can combat sexual harassment in the workplace.

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When personal activities cause professional pain: Disciplining staff for actions outside the workplace

Chris Cook, Head of employment, explains what employers can and can't discipline their employees for when it comes to their downtime.

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Employment Law Update

A round-up of the key employment law related changes, updates and legislation you should be aware of.

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Chris Cook highlights what needs to be in a contract between data controllers and processors to ensure GDPR compliance.

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EEA nationals beware of unconscious bias

In HR Director, our expert solicitors examine the dangers of unconscious bias in the lead up to Brexit.

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Information Commissioner demystifies GDPR consent

Head of Employment & Data Chris Cook gives clarity on consent within the GDPR.

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HMRC waives enforcement against the care sector for failure to pay the national minimum wage

Chris Cook explains the decision which offers some respite for care sector employers' liabilities.

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Should all jobs be advertised as flexible hours?

Chris Cook examines the Equality & Human Rights Commission's recent statement that all jobs should be advertised as having flexible hours.

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Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful – what happens now?

What lies ahead for employers in regards to the recent Supreme Court's decision that Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful?

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HMRC waives enforcement against the care sector for failure to pay the national minimum wage

Chris Cook explains the decision which offers some respite for care sector employers' liabilities.

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Investigating Fraud in the workplace

Do you suspect an employee of fraudulent activity? Head of Employment Chris Cook explains what to do in this situation

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What to do about the Taylor Review

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