Martin Pratt


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Having previously worked for Sharpe Pritchard, Campbell Hooper (now Charles Russell Speechly), DLA Piper, and Kingsley Napley, I am now a partner in Gordon Dadds employment law team and represent both individuals and employers, but specialise in acting for professionals such as public company directors, lawyers, hedge fund managers, accountants, MDs in investments banks, private equity principals and tech entrepreneurs, both as individuals leaving old employers and setting up or joining new enterprises. I advise senior individuals on new employment contracts and joining LLPs.

On the employer side my expertise covers the employment aspects of mergers, acquisitions and outsourcing. My varied employer client base includes professional services firms, hedge funds, publishers, marketing agencies, charities, fitness studios and medical practices.

I represent clients in all types of employment related disputes, involving matters like whistleblowing, discrimination, bonus claims, harassment, TUPE, High Court injunctions and unfair dismissal.

MA Modern History from Trinity College (University of Oxford)
Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice/Legal Practice Course (LPC) obtained at College of Law, York
LL.M Law and Employment Relations gained at Leicester University



What is your most interesting legal experience?

My most interesting legal experience was acting for one of the Smiths. I was the London agent for Mike Joyce’s Manchester solicitor in November 1998 when the Smiths’ drummer went up against Morrissey in the Court of Appeal.

What is your best legal anecdote?

A nervous trainee solicitor in her first month in the job was sent before a Bankruptcy Registrar to have proceedings discharged after a dispute settled. She totally froze, nodded when she should have said “no”, and as a result the registrar made her senior partner’s best friend bankrupt. It took a little bit of explaining to sort out.

Kingsley Napley, Senior Solicitor

DLA Piper, Associate

Campbell Hooper (now Charles Russell Speechly), Solicitor

Leicester University, LL.M Law and Employment Relations

Sharpe Pritchard, Trainee and Assistant Solicitor

College of Law, York, GDL and LPC

University of Oxford, Trinity College, MA Modern History


The Legal 500 - recommended lawyer in 2016, 2017 and 2018 for Employment.

"Martin’s unfailing pragmatism and good advice was based clearly upon experience and expert knowledge; has delivered for our company the clean result we had hoped for in a very timely manner. When a failing in process or poor advice could endanger the desired outcome, the type and style of advice from Martin has never disappointed. His openness and availability, even on Christmas Eve, never wavered." - Director of a professional services consultancy

"Martin's advice was expert and patient. He was sensitive to our lack of experience in creating employee contracts and was completely aware of all of the potential pitfalls that we needed to guard against as a business. He worked with us to produce a contract that suited our individual needs and satisfied all legal criteria. A process that I had personally been dreading was made mercifully painless and straightforward. I found Martin to be readily available and always willing to discuss any concerns that I may have had." - Managing Director of a creative agency

Employment Lawyers Association

Industrial Law Society

The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)

The Westminster and Holborn Law Society

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7518 0287


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