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James Watkins Solicitor, Employment

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James is an Employment Lawyer with Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Cardiff.

He has a broad legal practice encompassing all aspects of employment law, with expertise in unfair dismissal and constructive dismissal, discrimination, harassment and breach of contract claims.

He has particular experience in advising employees on redundancy situations and settlement agreements, as well as cases funded through legal expenses insurance.

James regularly advises on pre-claim grievance and disciplinary matters and has a high success rate in achieving settlements or positive outcomes in employment tribunal proceedings.

He is committed to client care and has a friendly, pragmatic and professional approach to his work.

He recently achieved a substantial settlement for a young worker in a fast-food restaurant, who received a significant payment after she alleged harassment on grounds of several protected characteristics.

James has also helped a supermarket worker to overturn an allegation of gross misconduct. His appeal succeeded and the client was reinstated to his old job.

Catherine Howells assists James with his cases.


Career history

  • Since 2014 Slater and Gordon
  • 2012 – 2014 DAS Law
  • University of the West of England in Bristol 
  • Legal Practice Course at Cardiff University

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Employment Lawyers Association

Recent Testimonials for James Watkins

“Your letter arrived this morning in the post. It has brought great relief to me and thank you very very much for your hard work and support over the last year and a half. It will be a happy ending to a long ordeal. Many thanks for all you've done and in getting a great result.”

Gareth George, Civil Engineering Machine Operator

“Thank you very much indeed for all the hard work you did for me. I am grateful. Once again thank you for taking me out of my stressful situation.”

Francisca Appiah-Kyei, Security Officer

“We'd highly recommend James Watkins and Slater and Gordon to anyone involved in employment issues. James was able to guide us through very emotional, stressful time and lead us to a successful end. We would have never been able to go through it without his help.”

Insurance Handler, West Midlands

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