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Anthony Purvis

Head of Employment Law

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Anthony specialises in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law. He advises employers and employees on all the employment law issues that can and do arise in workplaces.

At any time, Anthony’s caseload will involve representing individuals and organisations from across the full range of business sectors. His clients include businesses of all sizes, from multinationals through to start-ups. His individual clients tend to be executive-level employees.  Clients are often found in the firm’s wide tech client-base, but many also come from areas such as retail, PR and marketing, travel and music.

Anthony is known for his pragmatic and responsive approach.  His robust commercial advice is welcomed by all clients, while employees appreciate his sympathetic support during what can be very stressful workplace disputes.

Anthony provides clear, concise and informed advice on issues, including:

  • Unfair and wrongful dismissal claims
  • Unlawful discrimination
  • Grievance and disciplinary procedures
  • Staff performance and welfare
  • Redundancies
  • TUPE
  • Staff handbooks
  • Contracts of employment
  • Employment status
  • Restrictive covenants and their enforcement
  • Protection of confidential information
  • Settlement agreements
  • The employment aspects of corporate reorganisations or sales

His practice covers the lifespan of the employment relationship: from drafting contracts and restrictive covenants, through to disciplinary issues and grievances, and on to dismissals and tribunal or High Court litigation. He has in-depth experience and recognised expertise in matters such as TUPE and business sales or transfers.

After completing the Bar Vocational Course, Anthony trained as a solicitor at Dundas and Wilson (now part of CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang) and qualified in 2008.  He joined Waterfront Solicitors in 2012 and was promoted to Head of Employment in 2015. He was promoted to partner in 2017.

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Anthony Purvis

Partner, Head of Employment

Recent Work

  • Advising the retailer, H&M, on HR issues and litigation.
  • The successful defence of a sexual harassment claim in an employment tribunal.
  • The successful defence of a claim for employee status brought by an agency worker.
  • Advising on the potential closure of a client site and the associated large-scale redundancy process.
  • Negotiating the severance package of an employee who had recently returned from maternity leave.
  • Advising on and negotiating the exit terms of an employee on long-term sickness absence.
  • Advising a sales director on the terms and conditions of employment offered to them by their new employer.
  • Anthony was very responsive, professional and a pleasure to deal with. His expertise helped us to reach a satisfactory outcome in a short amount of time. Business Owner, Food & Beverage Industry
  • Anthony Purvis met with me. Having explained my situation to him, he was so kind, so supportive. It was over a six-month battle of negotiations and finally I got a call from him to say that my employer agreed, finally, to settle out of court. Employee, Luxury Retail
  • We have turned to Waterfront for advice on HR issues for several years now. We find their lawyers to be very knowledgeable, responsive and able to find practical solutions to the HR challenges we face as a large organisation. H&M
  • Employment Lawyers Association.
  • Anthony was very responsive, professional and a pleasure to deal with. His expertise helped us to reach a satisfactory outcome in a short amount of time.
    Business Owner, Food & Beverage Industry
  • Anthony Purvis met with me. Having explained my situation to him, he was so kind, so supportive. It was over a six-month battle of negotiations and finally I got a call from him to say that my employer agreed, finally, to settle out of court.
    Employee, Luxury Retail Industry
  • We have turned to Waterfront for advice on HR issues for several years now. We find their lawyers to be very knowledgeable, responsive and able to find practical solutions to the HR challenges we face as a large organisation.
    H&M