Charles is a Partner in the Employment Team. Charles is very experienced in helping clients deal with all aspects of the employment relationship, and also in the application of TUPE to all types of transaction in the private and public sectors. Charles qualified in 1991.
Charles works with a wide range of clients, including international software and manufacturing companies, investment houses, utility companies and local authorities, on all kinds of employment and HR issues. He has a specific expertise in dealing with TUPE issues on service outsourcing and business sales, the preparation of Service Agreements for Directors and senior employees, collective consultation processes on redundancy, and exit packages and Settlement Agreements.
Charles is particularly proud of the strong relationships he has built with many clients, some of which have now lasted for over 20 years. Clients say: "He has very strong relationship-building skills and is proactive in terms of client needs and thinking forward".
Charles is recognised as a leading figure in the employment field by both the Legal 500 and the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession, where he is praised for his "pragmatic approach to business" and his ability to "jargon-bust the law, putting it in layman's terms and translating it into a context that [clients] can understand."
- Schlumberger Group: Advising the client on all UK employment issues arising on various international acquisitions, including the preparation of Due Diligence Reports and Disclosure Letters, the drafting and negotiation of non-compete and employment clauses, and employment and pensions warranties in Sale and Purchase Agreements.
- Patron Capital: Advising on various employment aspects of the disposal by major Private Equity Fund of its entire investment in a national luxury care homes business, including termination and retention packages of key employees and consultants.
- Viridor Waste Management Limited: Advising on the preparation and implementation of a collective redundancy programme following the termination of a Services Contract, including advice on legal process and the preparation of communications to staff and instructions to managers.
- CORMAC: Advising on all TUPE and LGPS issues in a joint venture programme relating to the provision of highway services to Nottinghamshire County Council, including redrafting all relevant sections of the Services Contract to ensure that they were fit for purpose and met the needs of the client and the project as a whole.
Mylan: Advising the international pharmaceutical company on a wide variety of employment issues, including:
all UK TUPE and collective consultation aspects of the outsourcing of its logistics arrangements (warehouse and delivery services) to an external new provider, operating a significant distance from the client's current facilities, including advice on the TUPE and collective redundancy consultation processes, and drafting, negotiating and agreeing TUPE entry and exit provisions in the Services Contract; and
the standardisation of its UK recruitment process, and contractual documentation.
I have worked with Charles Pallot for some 25+ years and his colleague Su Apps has also been involved for HR issues. They respond to queries, whether by phone, or email very proactively seeking to give cost-effective responses that address the specific situations as well as setting out a step-by-step action plan detailing how to deal with them. That is a skill that is very much valued from a tried and trusted team.
Legal 500 2021