Justin Govier


Justin has more than 20 years’ experience in employment law, having qualified as a solicitor in 1998. His legal expertise and commercial advice means that some of the region’s largest corporates and SMEs turn to him for business-critical advice. He provides board-level advice prior to them drafting business and workforce strategic plans. He advises UK and US General Counsel and HR Directors and assists UK subsidiaries in the implementation of their global strategic plans. Consequently, Justin is often the link between the HR, legal and management teams. Justin helps clients defend complex Employment Tribunal claims and has particular experience in defending whistleblowing, discrimination and TUPE claims as well as disputes involving breaches of restrictive covenants and confidential information.  Justin has a strong reputation for his advisory work involving redundancy and business re-organisation projects, TUPE issues and executive exits. 

Justin is spearheading IBB’s European law initiative. He regularly attends international conferences to enhance his contacts with lawyers across Europe. He now has personal relationships with lawyers from each major jurisdiction in Europe and a number in the Middle East. He is proactively engaging with the networks and is able to mobilise lawyers all across Europe quickly and seamlessly.

Justin also provides training to HR departments, in-house counsel and management and presents seminars to external audiences. 

Major cases

  • O'Donoghue v Elmbridge Housing Trust (Court of Appeal) [2004]
  • Croucher v Fire Brigades Union (EAT) [2004] 

Career: Osbornes Solicitors (London), Gardner & Croft (Kent), Girlings Solicitors (Kent), Rollingsons Solicitors (London). Joined IBB 2005

Member: Employment Lawyers Association and the Industrial Law Society

Legal 500 in 2018 says:

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) fields 'an extremely efficient' team that 'keeps clients informed at all times'. It acts for a number of household names, as well as the UK subsidiaries of multinational companies, on a wide range of employment issues arising from large-scale projects, such as TUPE issues and redundancy matters, in sectors including charities, construction, automotive, technology and pharmaceutical. [Marc Jones] joins a practice led by Justin Govier, who has particular expertise in redundancy matters, international and pan-European HR mandates, and drafting and implementing business and workforce strategic plans, among other employment areas".

Legal 500 in 2017 says:

"Team head Justin Govier is recommended for matters involving restructuring, global expansion programmes and international and pan-European HR. The firm also has a strong contentious employment practice, handling claims related to whistleblowing, unfair dismissal and discrimination. Hertz, Robsons Estate Agents and Glenmark Pharmaceuticals are among key current clients".

Legal 500 in 2016 says:

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s ‘exemplary’ practice is frequently called on to advise on redundancies and pan-European employment projects. Justin Govier and [colleagues] are valued for their commercial approach."

Legal 500 in 2015 says:

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s ‘highly recommended’ team has a ‘very strong business focus’ and acts for clients such as Hertz and Renault UK. Justin Govier leads the practice."

Legal 500 in 2014 says:

"At IBB, ‘there is always someone to deal with queries promptly'. The team, led by Justin Govier, delivers ‘an exemplary level of service', and counts Hertz, Hasbro and Clancy Group plc among its clients."

Chambers in 2019 says:

"Justin Govier is regularly called on to provide board-level advice to corporates within the region, and is recommended for all manner of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. A client says: 'He is really commercial and understands our risk profile'."

Chambers in 2018 says:

"Sources say Justin Govier is 'able to really understand the client and match his advice to that. It's pragmatic but always given with due regard to the nature of the organisation.' His recent work has included advice on holiday pay, TUPE transfers and on the defence of tribunal litigation".

Chambers in 2017 says:

"Sources say Justin Govier 'is very commercial, down-to-earth and always tailors his level of advice to our needs. He has an astute understanding of best tactical approach and is a highly valued adviser to us.' He advises a range of domestic and international employers and high net worth individuals across the breadth of the employment law practice area."

Chambers in 2016 says:

Justin Govier provides respondents with employment training, and advice on restructuring and redundancy matters, as well as representation in Employment Tribunal claims. Clients say: 'He is commercial, practical, responsive and above all helpful. He has a very good understanding of the type of advice we are looking for'."

Chambers in 2015 says:

"According to clients, Justin Govier 'doesn't preach the law to you or just inform you of the obstacles, but listens to your objectives and tells you how to achieve them. He is very commercial.' His recent case highlights include a cross-border TUPE transfer and a significant mass redundancy process."

Chambers in 2014 says:

"Justin Govier is 'more than an employment lawyer: he helps you through the maze to get the solutions you want.' He focuses on tribunal defence and TUPE transfers."

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