Dr John McMullen

Partner - Employment Solicitor

Dr John McMullen

Dr John McMullen

Partner - Employment Solicitor

John is an employment Partner at Spencer West as well as being Visiting Professor of Law at Leeds University Business School and serving on the editorial board of ELA Briefing, the journal of the Employment Lawyers Association. He was previously Head of Employment at Pinsent Masons.

John is one of the UK's leading employment lawyers with a national and international reputation. He is the country's leading expert on TUPE and is involved in a wide range of TUPE related matters, including service provision change, mergers and acquisitions, and public sector and third sector transfers.

He has been variously described as “the King of TUPE” and the “TUPE guru”. He is an expert in redundancies and restructuring and also provides advice to senior executives on termination of employment.

He is also:

  • the author of Business Transfers and Employee Rights, the leading work on TUPE. First published in 1987, it is a loose-leaf encyclopedia, known affectionately as the “purple book”, and is subscribed to by all major law libraries and law firms and by the Bar
  • the author of Redundancy: The Law and Practice, the leading work on redundancy law
  • an editor of Harvey on Industrial Relations and Employment Law, commonly known as the practitioner’s “bible” and regularly cited in Court.

"Grateful to have attended the TUPE Masterclass (GB and NI) webinar. A brilliant and insightful analysis of the TUPE Regulations that addressed, with a practical approach, complicated issues regarding employment law in the context of transfer of undertakings. Interpretation and implementation of the EU Directive 2001/23 and TUPE Regulations falls into my area of expertise.

Thank you Dr John McMullen and Legal Island!"

TUPE Masterclass - Feedback

“I really enjoyed the format of information presented followed by discussion between the panel members. It was an excellent way to get across the complexities of the issues in application. All three presenters were great in their own way and the contrast in styles added to the variety of the session. All in all one of the best I have attended.”

“John is very knowledgeable about his subject and explains it in a careful well-rounded manner.”




  • England & Wales


employment law, partnership law, business protection and the employment aspects of corporate deals, restructuring and redundancy.

Dr John says...

“to some, I am the “lawyer’s lawyer”, but, to most, I am a trusted advisor to clients who will turn to me no matter what.”