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David Walker

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Overview

David is one of the country's most experienced accredited employment law specialists.

As one of the country's most experienced accredited employment law specialists he has been recognised as a leader in his field in the independent legal directories since 1998.  He is a trusted adviser to private and public sector employers in handling complex contentious and non-contentious matters. Legal 500 2018 describes his advice as ‘clear and practical’,

David has appeared in or supervised the defence of numerous Employment Tribunals and represented employers in the EAT in Edinburgh and London. He has advised on employment appeals and interdict proceedings in the Court of Session. Where appropriate he promotes the use of mediation

His workload includes advising on dismissals, whistle-blowing, discrimination, restrictive covenants, TUPE transfers, collective redundancies and senior employee terminations

David has a track record of dealing with difficult industrial relations disputes on behalf of employers.

He is a regular conference speaker.

 

Areas of expertise:

Business

As one of the country's most experienced accredited employment law specialists he has been recognised as a leader in his field in the independent legal directories since 1998.  

His private sector experience is wide ranging acting for employers in the manufacturing, energy , financial services, media and sports sectors amongst others. 

David has appeared in or supervised the defence of numerous Employment Tribunals and represented employers in the EAT in Edinburgh and London. He has advised on employment appeals and interdict proceedings in the Court of Session. Where appropriate he promotes the use of mediation.

David has a track record of dealing with difficult industrial relations disputes on behalf of  employers. His workload also includes advising on dismissals,  whistle-blowing, discrimination, restrictive covenants, TUPE transfers, collective redundancies and senior employee terminations

 He is a regular conference speaker.

Public Sector

Chambers Legal directory (2016) describes David as having "an enviable reputation in the field of employment law" whilst Legal 500 2018 states that his advice is ‘clear and practical’.

As one of the country's most experienced accredited employment law specialists he has been recognised as a leader in his field in the independent legal directories since 1998.  

His public sector experience is wide ranging. He is responsible for advising UK and Scottish Government departments on contentious issues and has significant experience acting for councils, NDPBs , public utilities, colleges and universities. 

David has appeared in or supervised the defence of numerous Employment Tribunals and represented employers in the EAT in Edinburgh He has advised on employment appeals and interdict proceedings in the Court of Session. Where appropriate he promotes the use of mediation.

David has a track record of dealing with difficult industrial relations disputes on behalf of  employers.

His workload also includes negotiating staff transfers under TUPE and senior employee terminations. He is a regular conference speaker including being invited to speak at an advanced level conference for the Public Sector in London in 2018.

Individuals & Families

As one of the country's most experienced accredited employment law specialists he has been recognised as a leader in his field in the independent legal directories since 1998.  

He has acted for senior employees including directors of listed companies in negotiating Settlement Agreements and exit packages. David has also acted for professional footballers and rugby players in disciplinary hearings before their professional bodies as well as advising Scottish Premier League footballers in player transfers.

Areas of Expertise: 

Awards

 Law Society Accredited Specialist

What our clients and peers say

David Walker, who handles discrimination litigation as well as TUPE transfers …is ‘sharp, exacting and wise’

Legal 500 2016

"David Walker has an enviable reputation in the field of employment law, and tackles both contentious and non-contentious matters for clients. He has complementary expertise in immigration and is adept at advising clients on issues where the two cross over."

Chambers & Partners 2016

"David Walker has accrued a wealth of expertise acting on Tier 2 applications. He is entrusted to guide the entry of key business personnel into the UK ."

Chambers & Partners 2016

"For many years now, Micron has benefitted from David Walker’s superb representation. David is a marvellous lawyer with great instincts, outstanding judgment and excellent client rapport. I also very much appreciate how responsive and thorough he is. Our business is lucky to have a legal adviser of his calibre assisting us."

Gregory C. Tollefson
Director of Labour and Employment, Legal Department, Micron Technology Inc. USA

"David has excellent employment Law knowledge and always listened to our needs. He was easy to work with leaving us confident of the advice given."

Leslie McIntosh
Executive and Non Executive Director of Financial Services, Millenium Associates AG

"Very experienced and professional"

Legal 500
Legal 500

"He has a great way of advising and explaining to those without legal backgrounds, and is also very commercially aware."

Chambers and Partners

David Walker is noted as ‘clear and practical’, primarily acting for large public and private sector employerS.

Legal 500 2018/19

Clients comment: "He's very approachable, very professional and he's got a good, sound knowledge."

Chambers and Partners 2019

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