Manchester, United Kingdom
Jack is a Partner and heads the Employment team at Pannone Corporate LLP.
Jack advises on all aspects of employment law. He acts for a range of company clients, including multi-national corporations and public sector organisations, regularly representing them in the Tribunal, County Court and High Court.
He also regularly acts for and negotiates on behalf of senior executives on a wide scope of employment related matters, including boardroom disputes, settlement agreements and complex share or share option issues. He has acted for a number of professional footballers, advising them on their contractual terms and on their exit from clubs.
Jack has a particular interest in TUPE and issues relating to restraint of trade and the enforceability of restrictive covenants (including injunctive proceedings where appropriate).
On the non-contentious side, Jack is well versed in the review of employment contracts and other employment related documentation.
He regularly presents seminars and writes articles on employment law issues. Jack has also provided a number of interviews to TV and other media outlets on employment law issues, including an appearance on BBC Breakfast to discuss issues relating to zero hours contracts.
Praised by his clients for his commercial advice and ability to provide incisive tactical advice, Jack is recognised as a Leader in his Field in the Chambers UK Guide which in 2013 stated, "The 'absolutely superb' Jack Harrington is a rising star within the team, known for his 'extremely proactive' approach” and in 2014 confirmed that "Clients appreciate Jack Harrington's ability to ‘find the solution.’ He regularly works with well-known corporate entities and is noted for his expertise in TUPE matters.”
In addition the Legal 500 2015 edition reported that “The team at Pannone Corporate LLP has ‘first-rate industry knowledge’ and is led by the ‘very commercial’ Jack Harrington, who ‘grasps issues straight away’ .
Jack advises on all aspects of employment law and current cases include claims relating to unfair dismissal, disability discrimination, age discrimination, race discrimination, TUPE, breach of contract and whistleblowing. Jack also advises on contractual issues including disputes over bonus entitlement and share options.
Past experience includes:
2004 - 2005
Legal Practice Course
2000 - 2003
Law Degree (Honours)
Acting for a client in its defence of a claim of race, religious and disability discrimination. The claim was originally against both the company and its in house lawyer. The claim against the individual has been struck out but the claims against the company continue. We successfully strike out the remaining claim on a complex jurisdiction point namely that the claimant was a potential agency worker and as she was not actually employed by the agency at the time of her interview with the client she is not covered by the Equality Act as an “employee” and she does not fall within the definition of a “Contract worker”.
Acting for a public sector employer on a dispute with one of its Trade Unions regarding proposed industrial action relating to changes in terms and conditions of service. I was able to point out the legal defects in the Trade Union’s argument regarding the enforceability of recognition agreements to enable the client to buy time and avoid industrial action.
Award for Social Housing Project