Max Craft Consultant

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Contact Details

“Max Craft heads the practice and is noted for his expertise in handling contentious strategic exits.”

Legal 500 2017

“He is knowledgeable, approachable and customer-focused.”

Chambers UK 2018
Max is a consultant in our employment team. He has specialised in advising in employment law matters for over 20 years.

Main areas of practice

Recognised as a leader in his field by Chambers, Max heads a team which advises clients on all aspects of employment and pensions law. He has built a national reputation for his work in this field.

He still practices as an advocate and has represented the firm's clients before employment tribunals and the EAT. He has also advised extensively on the transfer of undertaking of regulations, outsourcing issues and education. He remains actively involved in community affairs in Portsmouth where he has lived for 37 years.

Clients

His clients are national and international organisations throughout the UK in the education sector and retail, manufacturing and service industries.

Significant experience

Max has managed and successfully represented clients in some of the Employment group's most complex and demanding cases before the employment tribunals, including a number of high profile cases involving the Transfer of Undertaking Regulations (TUPE).

  • During the last 18 months he has supported a multinational technology company throughout two extensive redundancy exercises, involving two extensive collective consultation exercises in different areas of the business, and subsequent internal procedures and employment tribunal claims.
  • He conducted a successful defence of claims of unfair dismissal, race discrimination and victimisation against a secondary school before the employment tribunal and secured a substantial order for costs against the unsuccessful claimant.
  • Max led the Employment team in respect of due diligence for an international manufacturer's acquisition of two manufacturing sites and then, subsequently, the closure of one site following its purchase, with the extensive collective consultation and job losses arising from that.
  • Advising on managing under-performance at senior management level, as well as resourcing major internal investigations and grievance procedures for clients.

Other expertise

Max became a part-time employment judge in 1993 and continues to serve in that capacity.

He regularly presents seminars and provides in house training on employment law to a variety of organisations.

Expertise

Articles by Max

Blake Morgan's Employment newsletter

News

A warm welcome to Blake Morgan's Spring newsletter, keeping you informed of the latest developments in Employment Law.

Looking ahead to the General Election

News

Looking ahead to the General Election, Brexit may be dominating the headlines but all the political parties are keen to publicise other initiatives.

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Article

Max Craft, a Partner in our Employment team discusses how the various changes are having an impact and how some employers are responding to them, including the rise of the so-called "gig economy".

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