Jane Mann


Jane is a partner in the HRLaw team at Fox Williams and is considered one of the sector's top experts in representing both senior executives and employers. Jane has been consecutively ranked by the key independent guides to UK law firms as a ‘leading individual’, in Chambers & Partners and in Legal 500, who also recognised her in their 2018 inaugural Hall of Fame. Jane is recommended in Who's Who Legal – Labour & Employment 2018, recognised in the latest edition of Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom for Employment and in Spear’s Guide.

Jane has been a partner in the employment team at Fox Williams since 1994. She is immensely experienced and has advised clients in many different sectors including technology, financial services, insurance and professional services; she advises a number of companies and partnerships in these sectors on a wide variety of HR issues. Her advice and help is often sought in relation to board room issues advising both boards and individual directors on contracts, succession, disputes, restrictive covenants and reputational issues. She has advised a number of CEOs including Eric Daniels, former CEO of Lloyds Banking Group. Clients value her commercial acumen, judgement and experience.

Jane is a long standing member of the firm’s partnership board, and her knowledge of the inner workings of a professional firm has led to her advice being sought by the management teams of other professional firms. She also advises individual partners when joining or leaving their firms or dealing with internal issues affecting them personally.

She has been part of the management team that has led the firm from small start-up to successful established city firm and therefore understands very well the challenges faced by entrepreneurial clients.

Discrimination law has long been a core practice area for Jane and she has pursued and defended a great many discrimination claims at pre action stage and in the employment tribunal. She was part of the team at Fox Williams who defended Chelsea FC and Jose Mourinho against the claims brought by Dr Eva Carneiro.

Jane is chairing a City of London Law Society working party charged with responding to a government consultation on certain measures to prevent the misuse of confidentiality clauses. The consultation closes on 29 April 2019.

During her career Jane has undertaken a great deal of employment litigation; accordingly she has considerable experience of defending and bringing claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal in the employment tribunal and of supervising junior lawyers in undertaking this work for employers and employees.

Jane co-founded the Employment Lawyers Association and served on its board for 10 years including two years as chair; she has also sat on the boards of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association and the City HR Association.

Throughout her career Jane has advised international clients on global mobility and on the UK laws and regulations relating to overseas employees moving to and working in the UK.

"Very switched on and able to give clients really clear advice"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"Highly professional and experienced"
(Legal 500, 2019)

"Highly knowledgeable, with excellent experience and judgement."
(Chambers UK, 2018)

'Department head Jane Mann is rated as "one of the leading employment lawyers in London"
(Legal 500, 2017)

"highly knowledgeable, with excellent experience and judgement."
(Chambers UK, 2017)

'Jane Mann "impresses with her ability to get to the crux of a matter" she is recommended for "complicated and high-risk matters because she has the experience to see things from a potential litigant's perspective."
(Chambers UK, 2015)

The team she heads receives many accolades:

"They are proactive in issues and can take a step back and see the broader picture"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"They offer solutions that are pragmatic and commercial"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"They've taken the time to understand how we work"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"A good team that endeavours to provide good customer service and build good relationships with its clients"
(Legal 500, 2019)

"They offer magic circle service at a significantly lower cost"
(Chambers UK 2018)

"They are extremely professional, hardworking and always accessible."
(Chambers UK, 2018)

"Highly knowledgeable, with excellent experience and judgement."
(Chambers UK 2017)

"The firm provides a responsive, client-focused operation."

"What they are fantastic at is giving commercial, practical advice."
(Chambers UK 2016)

"Tough, pragmatic and no-fuss approach"
(Legal 500 2015)

"They understand the subtleties of our industry and they're very discreet."
(Chambers UK, 2014)

Read more of my articles:

Test and Trace - the role of employers in the national strategy to control the virus

Reshaping the workforce as lockdown ends: phasing out furlough, redundancies and changing terms and conditions of employment

10 practical steps to re-opening offices safely

What's happening today in the courts and tribunals?

Six lessons from the financial crisis

Jane Mann interviewed on Radio 4's Today programme

Returning to the office: what part will testing for Covid-19 and contact tracing play?

The long journey back to normality: what steps do employers need to take to manage a safe return to the office?

Holiday leave and furlough: is the position now clarified?

What should a financial firm do if an employee goes rogue during lock down?

Working (and not working) from home: post-Easter special - Do's and don'ts for employers and employees

The Senior Managers and Certification Regime: advice on Covid-19 employment issues for financial services firms and professionals

HRLaw from Fox Williams: Weathering the storm

More lockdown advice for employers and the self-employed

Lockdown advice for UK employers

UK Finance Report on the SMCR - Regulatory references and other tricky issues under the spotlight

Register for our Immigration Webinar, 16 October 2019

Consultation on confidentiality clauses in situations of workplace harassment or discrimination - What are your views?

Brexit and the changing immigration landscape for EU and non-EU nationals - what should you do now?

Jane Mann contributing to the use of non-disclosure agreements in discrimination cases inquiry

Register for our Immigration Webinar, 14 February 2019

More than a thousand businesses miss gender pay gap deadline. Jane Mann quoted in HR Magazine