James Humphery

Senior Solicitor

James is a rounded employment lawyer, a CEDR accredited mediator and our immigration expert. Clients value James extensive experience as a legal fire fighter, sounding board, trainer and draughtsman. One HR Director describes him as her “right arm”.

James' work for employers is grounded in HR support. This is informed by his extensive experience of taking and defending actions in the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the Courts and the First Tier Tribunal. His support of employees is based on a rigorous identification of issues then a realistic assessment of the prospects of success, and remedies, based on his experience of the way in which cases unfold.

In his immigration practice James supports businesses with strategic advice and on regulatory compliance using his understanding of current rules and emerging themes of national immigration policy. For individuals he maps routes through the Immigration Rules to short and long term visas, residency and naturalisation. He’s had particular success with applications having a human rights dimension.

James has been recognised by Legal 500 (2017) in specialising in immigration law.

James is happy to see clients in Salisbury, Southampton or Poole.


Examples of how James has helped clients...

  • Providing legal and practical support to an international HR team managing a complex project involving TUPE transfers and 400 collective redundancies. The project was delivered ahead of schedule with no adverse claims and the client’s reputation as an excellent employer enhanced.
  • Promoting and taking part in the mediation of a case of perceived disability discrimination arising from mental health problems. The successful outcome of the mediation preserved both parties honour and bolstered the client company’s good reputation.
  • Devising innovative restrictive covenants for a corporate client. These were later adopted by another major player in the same industry as its own standard.
  • Identifying breaches of TUPE and unfair dismissal arising from a series of linked business transactions then leading a diverse group of 34 affected employees in a successful action against 4 Respondent companies securing substantial compensation for the employees.
  • Guiding a company through a successful application to renew its sponsor’s licence enabling it to continue employing two migrant workers key to its operations.
  • Winning an appeal against the refusal of a client’s application to extend his visa and a decision to deport him. The appeal turned on a little used provision in the Immigration Rules concerning overseas property, the Immigration Judge noting that the Home Office had failed to even consider its own rules.
  • Guiding clients through applications for fiancée’s visas enabling them to fulfil their joint dreams.

Away from the office...

James enjoys off-road cycling, conspiracy theories, travel writing and lime daiquiri’s but not at the same time. He’s a past Chairman of the General Synod and one of the co-authors of the Code of Practice under the Clergy Discipline Measure.

Specialist areas...

  • Contracts and policies.
  • Stress and mental health.
  • TUPE
  • Collective redundancies.
  • Business and personal immigration.
  • Naturalisation.

James Humphery
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The Good Work Plan
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A Snapshot of Indirect Discrimination
EU Workers & Post-Brexit Immigration Policy
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The Minimum Income Requirement
The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices
Best Working Practices in the Modern Workplace
Safeguarding the position of EU citizens
Immigration in the Manifestos
DBS unlawful Part 2
Asleep on the Job
New Immigration Fees
Dancing on a Pin Head
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Brexit in the Supreme Court
The Year of the Levy
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Not the Usual Piece on Office Parties
The Right to Rent
Explaining the Brexit Judgement
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Untying a knotty problem
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EU Nationals and Brexit
Brexit - A View from the Coalface
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The Immigration Act 2016
The Skilled Worker Rules
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Protecting your Confidential Information
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Employers Statutory Duty of Care
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The Tier 2 Riddle
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Autumn Spending Review
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