Daniel Read

Daniel Read


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Daniel is a Partner leading Walkers' Jersey Employment Law Practice Group who advises organisations and individuals within the financial services sector on all aspects of the employment relationship including exits, disciplinary issues and investigations, and on regulatory matters.

He is one of the Island's leading employment lawyers and is recognised by both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, as well as being named one of the top three young employment lawyers in Europe by Euromoney in 2019 and 2021.

Dan is a Jersey Advocate with experience in Royal Court and Tribunal cases, as well as providing strategic advice on internal investigations, disciplinary and grievance procedures, whistleblowing and discrimination claims, and restructuring and redundancy exercises.

Dan also regularly assists the Investment Funds and Corporate Practice with the employment law aspects of corporate M&As. He also works closely with them to support businesses and HNWIs with business and housing licencing and immigration advice when they are looking to relocate to Jersey.

He advises businesses and senior executives and founders on, partnership and shareholder disputes, and restrictive covenants.

Dan also advises on regulatory and data protection issues – including carrying out investigations into regulatory matters, and supporting regulated businesses or individuals facing investigations or enforcement action, and responding to DSARs filed by former employees or partners. He also works with Insolvency & Dispute Resolution colleagues on employee fraud and financial crime disputes, in particular injunctions, disclosure orders and tracing of assets.

Dan is a trustee of the Jersey Community Relations Trust, a body set up by the Government of Jersey to seek to eliminate discrimination on any ground and to promote an inclusive and equal society.

Prior to joining Walkers, Dan worked for another leading offshore law firm in Jersey in the employment and dispute resolution department. Before that Dan was a barrister at a leading common law set of chambers in London for five years.

Admitted In:

Jersey - 2016

England and Wales: Barrister, non-practising - 2006

Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP, London, UK
BA (Hons) in English Literature, Durham University, UK

2023 Chambers and Partners UK Guide - Employment - Band 2:

“Dan is commercial, experienced and user-friendly.”

“He gives the right advice and balances our needs and objectives with what is legally possible.”

“Dan is clearly knowledgeable, experienced and very skilled in employment law.”

2022 Legal 500 - Employment - Next Generation Partner - "I couldn’t have asked for a better employment lawyer than Dan Read: knowledgeable, experienced and capable under pressure. I have no hesitation recommending him."

2022 Legal 500 - Employment - Next Generation Partner - "We predominantly deal with Dan Read who we have found to be personable and professional while delivering the relevant advice, concisely and on time."

2022 Legal 500 - Employment - Next Generation Partner - "Our main contact has been Dan Read and he has provided exceptional service and support. Quick to respond, expert knowledge and pragmatic focussed advice. First class all round and excellent value."

2022 Legal 500 - Employment - Next Generation Partner - "My go to person in Jersey for employment matters. Clear, user friendly advice with a commercial stance."

2022 Chambers and Partners UK Guide - Star Associate: "He emotionally connects with you as a client while maintaining sufficient professional distance to be able to technically assess the strengths and merits of the case dispassionately." "He offers advice in a timely manner which is very well thought through and positioned at the right level depending on who is asking for the advice."

2021 Legal 500 - Employment - Next Generation Partner - "Goodness that chap is sharp, knowledgeable, and to-the-point efficient! Strategic. Pragmatic. A true force to be reckoned with."

2020 Legal 500 - Employment - Next Generation Partner - ‘Dan Read simply is one of the best employment law counsels in the island, with excellent technical knowledge and UK bar experience background. Dan is an ultimate professional and we appreciate that he went the extra mile in a very complicated case.’

2020 Chambers and Partners UK Guide - Associates to Watch: "Daniel is an ultimate professional. His approach is very direct and he counsels with clarity and commercialism."

2019 - Winner - Euromoney Legal Media Group Europe Rising Stars Awards (Employment)

2018 Chambers UK, Employment – Associate to Watch, Daniel Read of Walkers is noted for his presence and experience in employment tribunals, having handled disputes including wrongful dismissal and unfair prejudice claims. A client reports that "Daniel's advice was excellent," adding: "He was very knowledgeable and instilled confidence."

2018 Legal 500, Employment – Next Generation Lawyer

2017 - Junior Lawyer of the Year, Jersey

2017 Chambers UK, Employment - Associate to Watch, "provided extremely straightforward guidance and practical advice" and "If I wanted someone to back me in a tribunal, I'd pick Dan. He can spot points that others might not."

2017 Legal 500, Employment - Next Generation Lawyer

2016 Chambers UK, Employment - Associate to Watch. Clients say "Daniel is very responsive, commercial and will provide great insight and suggestions."

2016 Legal 500 "Quick and efficient"

2015 Legal 500 "Responsive and open to discussion."

Dan is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association
Dan is a member of the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn