Julian Taylor


Julian qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and before launching Julian Taylor Solicitors he set up and ran a highly successful employment department in a leading law firm with offices in London and the Thames Valley.

He is a specialist in both non-contentious and contentious employment work and advises and represents clients in industry sectors as diverse as sport, publishing, retail, travel, IT, biosciences, scientific research, professional and other services, public sector, social housing, education and manufacturing.

In addition, his experience as Head of HR at his previous firm means that he has practical experience of dealing with HR issues.

Julian is interested in working with clients to achieve the most practical and effective outcome for them. He understands the flexibility required by clients, both in respect of their employment law and HR needs and the methods of delivering solutions to them.

Julian has acted for employers and employees in both the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. He acted in the following reported cases in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

  • Latchman v Reed Business Information [2002] ICR 1453 (disability discrimination – acted for the successful respondent)
  • MacCulloch v ICI (no 1) [2008] IRLR 846 (age discrimination – acted for the successful claimant)
  • MacCulloch v ICI (no 2) UKEAT/0275/09 (compensation calculation – acted for the successful claimant).
  • Acted for the successful Claimant/Respondent in CVS Solicitors LLP v Van der Borgh [2013] EqLR 934 (EAT, 26 July 2013) and CVS Solicitors LLP v Van der Borgh (EAT, 16 April 2012), both appeals about employee status

Examples of Julian’s work include:

  • Conducting tribunal proceedings for a national retailer facing claims pursuant to TUPE 2006 on the change of a supplier providing services;
  • General advice to senior executives on entry and exit including advising a senior executive on a six figure increase to his termination package in the context of age discrimination;
  • Chairing an investigation for a national sports body with the assistance of a magistrate into numerous allegations and preparing a full report.
  • Acting for various professional firms or individual professionals (a significant proportion of which are other solicitors or solicitors’ firms) in relation to employment, partnership, consultancy and professional issues.
  • Advising the HR departments of a number of companies (including household names) across the UK on strategic and day to day HR issues; and
  • Providing in-house training to employers on developments in employment law.