Worthingtons Solicitors

John Kelly

Employment Law

John joined Worthingtons in 2016 from the Belfast office of a leading international law firm.

John has considerable expertise in both contentious and non-contentious employment law work, focusing mostly on bringing and defending tribunal proceedings in Northern Ireland.  As well as providing practical day-to-day advice on employment issues arising in the context of corporate and property transactions, including collective redundancy consultation and the application of TUPE.

Whilst at Worthingtons, John has successfully represented a number of large employers, including local councils and housing associations, as well as small to medium sized businesses such as retailers, as well as charities.  John has also achieved a number of successful outcomes for employees in claims ranging from unfair dismissal to discrimination and equal pay proceedings.

Similarly to other members of the team, John has written articles on employment law issues for the local press and is a member of the Employment Lawyers Group.

John Kelly and his team are second to none! It was my pleasure to work with them on this case and I would recommend John Kelly to anyone! I look forward to working with the team in the future should we need any legal advice.

Career Highlights

  • Currently acts as principal employment advisor to one of the eleven NI councils
  • Has acted as a principal NI employment advisor to one of the UK's largest supermarket chains
  • Has assisted on a number of multi-million pound transactions by way of property, business and share sales, John's work on such transactions focused on carrying out employment due diligence along with drafting and negotiating compromise agreements, service agreements and employment/TUPE provisions
  • Has obtained confidential settlements in excess of £50,000 for a number of different employee clients in claims of discrimination and unfair dismissal
  • Advised in a large-scale collective redundancy exercise for a major household name in the energy sector
  • Advised a PLC in the construction sector on both contentious and non-contentious issues including employment claims, TUPE issues and large-scale changes to terms and conditions as well as other contractual matters
  • Advocacy in the Industrial Tribunal to include Case Management Discussions and Pre-Hearing Reviews
  • Delivers seminars and training for both clients and respected knowhow/training providers, including DMS Ireland and Legal Island
  • Guest lecturer on the Employment Law (Tribunals) course at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen's University Belfast (2018 and 2019 course)

Areas of Expertise


John Kelly's latest article

Equal Pay: Advice for Employers

The topic of equal pay was back under the spotlight recently when headlines carried the story of a Belfast solicitor being awarded over £270,000 after the Industrial Tribunal found she had...

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