Ian Grimshaw


Ian is a Partner in the Employment Team, specialising purely in Employment Law.  Ian trained with a large regional law firm and qualified in 2006. He went on to gain several years’ experience at Trethowans, before joining Nash & Co in June 2015.

Ian is extremely experienced in advising employers ranging from SMEs through to multi-national household names in respect of dismissals, discrimination, TUPE, redundancies, collective consultation and supporting companies through mergers and acquisitions. Ian also provides advice to independent HR advisors when tricky situations arise which are outside of the normal “day to day” HR issues.

Ian’s aim is to make each and every client feel that they are our only client and to provide a personalised service. Key to this is a full understanding of the business, its ethos and its aims. It is often the case that employers know the law; however, the value that Ian brings to his clients is his ability to apply the law in reaching a solution in line with his client’s aims.

Ian acts for employers in Employment Tribunal claims from the outset of litigation through to representation at the hearing.

Ian has run many training sessions for businesses of all sizes, as well as large groups of independent HR advisors. Ian’s training is informal, but informative: the aim is to ensure that people learn in an atmosphere which is enjoyable and allows people to ask questions in an open environment.

Legal 500 describes Ian as ‘Very commercially minded’ practice head Ian Grimshaw has ‘vast knowledge’ and a track record of handling large-scale redundancies and multi-jurisdiction outsourcings.

Ian is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association

Examples of how Ian has helped clients include:

Ian is praised for his attentiveness and swift, pragmatic and clear advice in respect of complicated issues. Using his extensive knowledge of employment law, Ian is able to advise practical solutions to complicated problems in a cost effective and understandable manner.

Ian has advised numerous multi-national companies on strategic restructures and mergers.

Ian has successfully defended a whole range of employment related claims from simple unfair dismissal, through to multi-faceted discrimination claims and million pound TUPE claims.

Clients often refer to Ian as “someone we could not do without” and treat him as an extension of either their own HR team or their own in-house legal team.

Specialist areas:

  • Transfers of Undertakings (TUPE) , including outsourcing and insourcing.
  • Complex reorganisations
  • Discrimination and Equal Pay
  • Disputes at all levels, including wrongful and unfair dismissal.

Related Services

The ‘accessible and professional’ practice at Nash & Co provides advice on restrictive covenants and TUPE, and also handles Employment Tribunal claims arising from unfair dismissal, age discrimination, race discrimination, sex discrimination, whistleblowing, maternity discrimination and transgender discrimination. Recent highlights include advising Premiere Coffee across 50 of its Costa Coffee stores in relation to day-to-day HR matters. It also represented ARAG in Employment Tribunal claims arising from insurance matters. Ian Grimshaw heads the team and has ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of the law’. He is supported by partner Jon Loney who is ‘a very competent lawyer with superb judgement’. Partner Karen Bussell is ‘very professional and hardworking’ and provides ‘pragmatic advice with the ability to understand complex scenarios very quickly’.

Legal 500 Employment