Glenn Hayes

Partner

Biography

Glenn is a Partner and is the Head of the Employment teams based in Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester at Irwin Mitchell.

His client experience includes providing support to a number of large and small businesses in a variety of different fields and he is a key adviser and the relationship partner to some of the Employment and Pension Group’s key national clients. These include the likes of Capita Group’s HR Function, the Eddisons Group and a number of well-known PLC clients.

An experienced Employment Tribunal advocate, Glenn also advises on a wide range of employment law matters including the enforcement and defence of restrictive covenants, advising on senior level appointments and exits, outsourcing, acquisitions and disposals including Transfer of Undertakings, Protection of Employment (TUPE) issues, large scale reorganisations and redundancy, discrimination and equality issues.

He is the lead partner for our Restrictive Covenant product – IM Protect – and one of the leaders in the growth of our IMhrplus product. Glenn is also responsible for ensuring that any work that is “north shored” to achieve costs savings for our clients is handled efficiently and harmoniously.

Glenn also regularly presents at seminars and training events organised by the firm, has been the judge at a number of Mock Tribunal events arranged for clients and has presented seminars for third parties and clients/contacts. He is also a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Recent highlights:

  • Defending the Lincolnshire Partnership Trust at Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal, in relation to a significant and lengthy whistleblowing and multi-discrimination case brought against them with an approximate value of £200,000.
  • Providing strategic advice on on-boarding for a number of clients, advising on the enforceability of restrictive covenants and strategies for avoiding issues in this regard.
  • Advised a large steel manufacturer on the purchase of a major site in Wales on how to structure the purchase to minimise the risk of TUPE applying.
  • Advised a number of high profile Chief Executives/Managing Directors on their departures from their employment, including dealing with all issues surrounding shareholding and taxation.
  • Advised a large South Yorkshire (Indian owned) manufacturer on the dismissal of their Managing Director and the process for doing so.
  • Advised a law firm on the employment implications of a geographical move of premises and the enforcement of mobility clauses in contracts of employment.

Market view:

He is "a straight-talking no-nonsense lawyer who gets straight to the point with sound and unequivocal advice." - Chambers & Partners, 2017

The Employment teams led by Glenn Hayes attract praise for their "good value for money" - Legal 500 2016

"a good communicator who gives clear, common-sense advice." - Chambers & Partners, 2015

"Glenn Hayes has particular expertise in the enforcement of restrictive covenants, and is assisted by two highly experienced associates." - Chambers & Partners, 2014

Glenn is described as being "notable for his Transfer of Undertakings, Protection of Employment (TUPE) expertise." - Legal 500, 2013


Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 10/02/2017
    Today's Court Of Appeal Ruling To Have Impact on Uber And Other Firms In 'The Gig Economy'

    “This is a significant ruling for the workers at Pimlico but it will also concern those companies operating in the ‘gig economy’. We are seeing increasing numbers of individuals challenging their status and claiming to be workers or employees. CitySprint couriers and Uber drivers recently persuaded separate tribunals that they were workers and although Uber is now appealing this, tribunals are clearly taking a pragmatic and bold approach to determining status cases, despite contractual arrangements which are designed to give the appearance that individuals are genuinely self-employed. “The outcome of this case is very significant and could make it more difficult for Uber and others to persuade the courts that its drivers are genuinely self-employed.”

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  • 09/02/2017
    Court Of Appeal Employment Ruling To Have Impact on 'Gig Economy'

    “We are seeing increasing numbers of individuals who are challenging their status and claiming to be workers or employees. Uber drivers recently persuaded a tribunal that they were workers and although Uber is now appealing this, tribunals are clearly taking a pragmatic and bold approach to determining status cases, despite contractual arrangements which are designed to give the appearance that individuals are genuinely self-employed. “The outcome of this case will be very significant and if the decision is that the plumbers are self-employed, Uber and firms operating similar models will no doubt take some heart for their appeals.”

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  • 23/11/2016
    CitySprint Faces Tribunal Over Rights Of Freelance Workers

    “The finding that CitySprint is facing an employment tribunal over employee status comes as no surprise after the result of the landmark Uber case last month, which also looked at employee status. “Classifying its employees as ‘workers’ rather than self-employed could have a huge financial impact on drivers, as well as having the right for paid annual leave. This could leave CitySprint having to find substitute drivers for cover when workers take holidays or requiring the drivers to put substitutes in their place in an attempt to avoid worker status. “It will be interesting to see the result of this case, and the other gig economy cases lined up for next year. If successful, we could be seeing a consistent rule here which may lead to employment changes for most gig economy British businesses.”

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  • 28/10/2016
    Uber Loses Landmark Employee Status Case

    “The finding that the drivers are workers will undoubtedly have a huge financial impact not just on Uber drivers, but potentially couriers, delivery drivers and other individuals working through apps such as Deliveroo, depending on the arrangements in place and the way in which they work. “Of course, it is virtually certain that this tribunal decision will be appealed up and up, potentially to the Supreme Court. So, for now any Uber drivers bring tribunal claims on the assumption they are 'workers', will probably ask for the hearings to be stayed (put on hold) pending any appeals of today's decision. “Although this decision is fact-specific, and based on Uber's business model, it increases the chance of other 'gig economy' companies facing claims that their 'contractors' have worker status. Watch this space.”

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