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Ian Besant


Ian advises on the full range of employment issues as well as conducting his own advocacy before the employment tribunal.

About Ian

Ian has particular expertise in employment appeal tribunal cases.

Ian has also advised parents on school admission, point of law appeals and exclusions. He also advises on restructuring including TUPE and collective redundancies.

"Ian Besant regularly advises on tribunal claims including whistle-blowing and discrimination. "He's able to understand the commercial realities of what we're doing,"

Chambers UK


  • Advised on a tribunal  when a worker who was the director of his own personal service company which contracted with an employment business to supply his services to a client was a worker for the purposes of s.43K ERA 96. Croke V Hydro Aluminium Worcester Ltd. 
  • Advised a client on an employment tribunal which had a legal entity transferred under TUPE 1981. Computacenter v Swanton & others
  • Successfully defended a disability discrimination claim at both the employment tribunal and the employment appeal tribunal.

"Ian Besant is highly experienced in discrimination claims and regularly appears in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal. "He is very diligent and has great in-depth knowledge,"

Chambers UK


Ian qualified with Pearsons in 1982. He joined WH in 1984 and became a partner in 1985.


  • Employment Lawyers Association


Away from work, Ian is passionate about his boat and enjoys sailing.

Meet the team

Meet the team
Tina Chander - Head of Employment Law
Tina Chander Partner - Head of Employment Law
Suki Harrar - Employment Law Solicitor
Suki Harrar Partner
Georgia Wood - Employment Law Paralegal
Georgia Wood Paralegal
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