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Ivor Adair Principal Lawyer, Employment

Experience Profile

Ivor is an employment lawyer at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.

He has experience in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law and advises senior executives, medical professionals, professional performers and sports professionals.

During his career he has represented claimants in large and complex whistleblowing claims, pay and contractual disputes, TUPE claims, unfair dismissal and discrimination claims.

He has also handled bonus claims, restrictive covenant matters, work stress claims, permanent health insurance disputes and advised in arbitration proceedings.

Ivor has advised in a number of high profile cases and has considerable experience of dealing with both High Court disputes and significant employment tribunal matters.

Many of the cases Ivor deals with are very high value, involve sensitive reputational issues and set national precedents. For example, Ivor acted for the group of musicians who, in a ground-breaking claim, sought an injunction to require the National Theatre to engage them to play their instruments in the production of War Horse, when they were dismissed, Ashworth & Ors v The Royal National Theatre [2014] EWHC 1176. The case had significant legal implications and received considerable national coverage in the press.

He has extensive experience of advising health professionals and senior executives in substantial and complex claims against the NHS, in relation to breaches of the MHPS framework (including claims seeking injunctive relief) and often where there is a professional regulatory aspect.  In addition, he has advised in sensitive partner and employee exits from professional services firms and in the financial services sector.  

His practice also encompasses professional negligence claims against firms of solicitors and other advisors, arising from poor advice on employment law issues.

He also has considerable experience in advising individuals on their data protection rights and holds an interest in workplace privacy issues and issues that relate to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Ivor also has a sports law practice and has acted for International, Premiership and a number of Championship football managers.

Ivor is a qualified Solicitor-Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience (civil). 

Many of the cases Ivor is involved in settle out of court or at some form of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation.

He has a renowned steady hand in handling complex and combative litigation and in resolving disputes on excellent and often creative terms.

Ivor is head of the employment team’s major litigation group.

Thomas Moore assists Ivor with his cases and their details can be found here.


Commendations from independent legal directories

  • Legal 500: Ivor Adair is "very talented",“highly rated” and “recommended”.
  • Chambers and Partners: Ivor Adair is "incredibly strategic and very bright, and he has very good attention to detail."

Career history

  • Qualified 2006, (Russell Jones & Walker, now Slater and Gordon Lawyers)
  • Queens University, Belfast, LL.B, PG. Dip (computers & law)
  • College of Law, London
  • The City Law School, City, University of London

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association
  • Member of the London Solicitor Litigation Association
  • Member of the Solicitors' Association of Higher Court Advocates
  • Member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association
  • Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals


Recent Testimonials for Ivor Adair

“Ivor, I tried to explain to you that what you have achieved in your work is worth more than money in the sense that you are excellent at what you do, it is what you believe in, and it in turn benefits others. I believe these are among the highest things any of us can aspire to.”

Philip Walton

“Ivor Adair successfully represented me in my whistleblowing employment claim against the NHS. Ivor is very knowledgeable and tactical regarding NHS politics, NHS structures and Regulations and in employment law. Ivor became more of a friend to me than just a legal advisor; he was contactable any time of the day and would return my calls as a matter of urgency. I am aware that Ivor has successfully represented several other NHS healthcare professionals. At the time, I was extremely stressed but Ivor handled my case extremely well. He was unflappable. He supported me through the ups and downs of the case. Ivor tailored his approach to my needs and approached my case with admirable determination. If it was not because of his strength, strategic approach and regular contact I probably would not have taken my case forward at all. In the end, I secured a very substantial payment of damages. I recommend Ivor for any complex NHS case.”

Lady Maha Yassaie, Berkshire

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