Roger James

Partner || London

Roger is a London based partner and member of Ogletree’s Cross-Border Practice Group. He has a particular niche in international issues and alongside his UK workload he oversees the challenges of employing people in multiple jurisdictions for multinational clients.

Roger’s clients are across all sectors and range from global multinationals to SMEs. His work covers all aspects of employment law across multiple jurisdictions including in particular:

  • Executive hiring and firing
  • RIFs and restructuring
  • acquisition, due diligence and harmonisation
  • investigations and litigation
  • union and industrial action issues

Roger qualified in 1996 and joined Ogletree in May 2017 from an international firm where he had headed the Employment Team and split his time between the firm’s UK and Singapore offices. As such Roger has particular expertise dealing with labour and employment law issues in Europe and Asia.

Roger prides himself on giving practical, commercial, proportionate advice on what you can do and how to achieve it in the most sensible way – and not to just quote law, sit on the fence or cite problems without solutions.

Learn more about Roger James
  • Advising on numerous global RIF/redundancy projects – providing a single point of contact and liaising with local counsel in applicable countries to ensure a consistent, practical, cost effective and joined-up approach
  • Misclassification of contractor issues across Europe and Asia
  • Advising on entry to new countries including preparation of “country reports” on local employment law, employment contract and associated documentation and checklist of engagement and termination considerations
  • Defending a company from a multimillion pound claim brought by a union in the UK
  • Advising on the creation of staff consultation bodies
  • Advising on employment status issues and successfully defending a high profile 5 day trial brought by freelance journalists against a media company claiming employment status
  • Advising on restrictive covenant issues – in particular on an international basis involving cross country moves
  • International secondments and associated documentation and considerations
  • A manufacturing company on the closure of its final salary pension scheme. The project involved negotiations with the relevant union and was successfully completed on time and with all 150 employees accepting the change
  • Various outsourcing contracts and ensuring employment transfer/employment risks are managed and minimised
  • Numerous clients on whistleblowing, poor performance, misconduct, ill health and other employee specific issues
  • Roger is also in demand as a speaker / trainer for clients, including being asked by a global technology company to prepare and present Finnish and Swedish versions of the Line Manager Training “Managing within the Law” he had done for them in the UK

Education

  • University of Wolverhampton Law School, 1993
  • University of Wales, 1991

Admittance to Practice

  • United Kingdom

Professional Activities

  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • International Bar Association
  • The Law Society of England & Wales

Speeches

  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Headline News - Key Developments Impacting Employers" - Las Vegas - May 2, 2019
  • Ogletree Deakins International Practice Group Symposium - "Because Data Privacy: GDPR as the Ultimate Excuse" - Washington, D.C. - March 28, 2019
  • Ogletree Deakins International Practice Group Symposium - "Field Notes: International Investigations Workshop, Part 1" - Washington, D.C. - March 28, 2019
  • Ogletree Deakins International Practice Group Symsposium - "European Updates: Legal Developments for Multinational Employers" - Washington, D.C. - March 28, 2019
  • Ogletree Deakins International Practice Group Seminar - "Employee Data Privacy Worldwide: GDPR and Beyond" - Washington, D.C. - March 29, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins International Practice Group Seminar - "Legal Update: Brexit" - Washington - March 29, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins International Practice Group Seminar - "You Can’t Take it with You: Departing Employees and Trade Secrets" - Washington - March 29, 2018
  • Association of Corporate Counsel Charlotte Chapter - "Cross-border Transactions by U.S. Businesses: Identifying and Discussing Key Employment Considerations and Challenges" - Charlotte - September 26, 2017
  • International Bar Association AGM 2016, Discrimination and Employment Section panel - "Reform of the EU Posted Workers Directive" - Washington - September 2016
  • CIPD Asia Seminar - "Uber? Grab? What’s driving employment law in Asia Pacific in 2016" - Singapore - April 2016
  • Deloitte Global Employment Services annual client Asia Pacific Seminar - "Executive Mobility and Employment Law: Covering all Bases" - Hong Kong - January 26, 2016
  • The Cambridge Network - "Policies of the New Government" - Cambridge - April 2015
  • Moscow State Institute of International Relations - "Reform of the UK Legal Market" - Moscow - September 2014
  • May 29, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Cyprus: Implementation of New General Health System Places Obligations on Employers"
  • May 29, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Czech Republic: Czech Republic to Extend Sick Leave Pay"
  • May 29, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Israel: Ownership of a Company’s Facebook Page"
  • May 29, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Peru: Government Offers Employees Flexibility in Annual Leave"
  • May 24, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Bosnia & Herzegovina: Changes in the Labor and Income Tax Laws in the Republic of Srpska"
  • May 24, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Bosnia and Herzegovina: Various Amendments to FBIH Labor Laws"
  • May 24, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Brazil: Extension of Permissible Outsourcing Activities"
  • May 24, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Ireland: Restrictions on Zero-Hour Contracts Amongst Areas Addressed by New Legislation"
  • May 24, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "North Macedonia: Introduction of Progressive Taxation and Increased Mandatory Contributions"
  • May 24, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "North Macedonia: Wide Ranging Changes to Labor Laws"
  • May 24, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "United Kingdom—Brexit Delayed: the Uncertainty Drags on"
  • May 20, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Netherlands: New Employment Laws in the Netherlands: Reforms to Reflect the Gig Economy and Parental Leave Rights"
  • May 20, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "New Zealand: Recent Case Law Relevant to Employers in New Zealand"
  • May 20, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Norway: New Legislation Prohibits “Zero-Hour” Contracts"
  • May 20, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Poland: Introduction of a New Type of Occupational Pension Scheme"
  • May 20, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Russia: Stricter Visa Monitoring Obligations and an Increased Pension Age Go Into Effect"
  • May 20, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Saudi Arabia: Removal of Requirement to Advertise Vacancies on Taqat Website"
  • May 20, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Saudi Arabia: Requirement to Show Tenancy Agreement for Work Permit Applications"
  • May 20, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Serbia: New Law to Cover 'Staff Leasing'"
  • May 20, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Singapore: Changes in Employee Exit Strategies Following Amendments to the Employment Act"
  • May 20, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "South Africa: The National Minimum Wage Act Is Now Law"
  • May 20, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Spain: New Laws on Gender Pay, Working Time, and 'Right to Disconnect'"
  • May 20, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Taiwan: New Requirement to Display Salary in Job Advertisements Among Crop of New Laws"
  • May 20, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "The Slovak Republic: New Obligation for Employers to Provide 'Recreational Contribution'"
  • May 20, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Turkey: Turkey’s New Ban on Setting Salaries in Foreign Currencies"
  • May 20, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "United Arab Emirates: UAE: Introduction of Long-Term Visas for Expatriate Workers"
  • May 19, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Estonia: Changes to Immigration Laws Aimed at Increasing Flow of Foreign Workers Into Estonia"
  • May 17, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Lithuania: Gross Salaries Increased by Factor of 1.289 Due to Tax Changes"
  • May 17, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Luxembourg: Boost to Employee Sickness Rights"
  • May 17, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Luxembourg: Further Provisions of New Pension Laws Go Into Effect"
  • May 17, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Montenegro: Court Rules Resignation via Email Is Invalid"
  • May 17, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Montenegro: New Labor Law Expected in 2019 Aimed at Adopting EU Regulations"
  • May 17, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Myanmar: New Leave and Holidays Rules 2018"
  • May 17, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Italy: Employment Law Reform"
  • May 17, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Kenya: Kenya Introduces Data Protection Bill, 2018"
  • May 17, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Latvia: Amendments to the Latvian Labor Law"
  • May 15, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Ecuador: When Is a Justified Dismissal Appropriate?"
  • May 15, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Finland: New Dismissal Rules Are Due to Take Effect in July"
  • May 15, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Guatemala: ILO Closes Labor Complaint Filed Against Guatemala Regarding Union Rights"
  • May 15, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Hungary: Amendment to the Hungarian Labor Code Extends Potential Working Hours and Reduces the Role of Unions on Working Hours Issues"
  • May 15, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "India: Increased Complaints of Sexual Harassment"
  • May 15, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Indonesia: Supreme Court Plenary Meeting Issues Policies That Weaken Rights of Fixed-Term Employees"
  • May 14, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Denmark: Bill to Amend the Share Options Act Adopted"
  • May 14, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Argentina: Argentine Case Law Compensates for Gaps in Sexual Harassment Legislation"
  • May 14, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Australia: Australia Employment Law Update"
  • May 14, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Bermuda: Bermuda: First Investigations Under New Anti-Bribery Legislation"
  • May 14, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Bermuda: The Battle for Same-Sex Marriage in Bermuda"
  • May 14, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Cayman Islands: Fair Employment Opportunities Commission To Be Created in 2019"
  • May 14, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Chile: Modern Legislative Proposals for Chilean Employment Market"
  • May 14, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Colombia: New Rules Target Illegal Intermediation"
  • May 14, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Croatia: Tax Authorities Becoming More Vigilant in Taxing Foreign Directors"
  • May 14, 2019 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update  - "Denmark: Denmark to Overhaul Holiday Entitlement"
  • October 24, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Luxembourg: Omnibus Law Brings Various Changes to Luxembourg’s Labor and Employment Laws"
  • October 23, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "South Korea: Amendment to Labor Standards Act Reduces Working Hours"
  • October 23, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Vietnam: New Cyber Security Law"
  • October 16, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Argentina: Amnesty for Employers That Regularize Misclassified Employees"
  • October 16, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Estonia: New Safety and Health Laws"
  • October 16, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "New Zealand: New Legislation on Agency Worker Rights"
  • October 16, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Spain: New Initiatives to Address Gender Discrimination"
  • October 11, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Australia: New Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Victoria State)"
  • October 11, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Australia: Ordinary and Customary Turnover of Labor Exemption Clarified"
  • October 11, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Ecuador: New Legislation Widens Protection Against Harassment and Discrimination"
  • October 11, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "India: Employee Gratuitous Severance Limit Doubled"
  • October 9, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Colombia: Important Case Expands Sexual Harassment Protection in the Workplace"
  • October 9, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Kazakhstan: Amendments to Work Permits Regulations and Labor Code"
  • October 9, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Macedonia: Amendments to Macedonian Labor Law"
  • October 9, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Montenegro: Court Decision Prohibits Working Beyond Retirement Age"
  • October 9, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Montenegro: The General Collective Bargaining Agreement Extended for One Year"
  • October 9, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Saudi Arabia: New Anti-Harassment Law Will Cover Workplaces"
  • October 9, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Saudi Arabia: New “Saudization” Laws Define Further Roles That Can Be Undertaken Only by Saudi Nationals"
  • October 9, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Serbia: Various Changes in Employment Legislation"
  • October 9, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Switzerland: New Requirement to Inform Unemployment Office Before Recruiting"
  • October 9, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Taiwan: New Legislation Aims to Attract More Foreign Professional Workers"
  • October 9, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Thailand: Workplace and Personal Data Privacy Developments"
  • October 9, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Turkey: Procedural Changes Bring Swifter Justice in Employment Cases"
  • October 9, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "United Arab Emirates: Introduction of a New Part-Time Employment Regime"
  • October 9, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "United Arab Emirates: Substantial Changes to the DIFC Employment Law"
  • October 8, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Belgium: New Statutory Notice Periods"
  • October 8, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Israel: New Working Hours Laws"
  • October 8, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Italy: New Whistleblower Protection Requirements"
  • September 28, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Law - "Myanmar: Minimum wage increase"
  • September 28, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Cayman Islands: New Data Protection Laws"
  • September 28, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Laos: Minimum wage increase"
  • September 28, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Norway: A New Supreme Court Ruling Sheds Light on When Travel Time Is Working Time"
  • September 28, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Peru: New Equal Pay Law"
  • September 28, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Qatar: New Labor Settlement Committee to Handle Employment Disputes"
  • September 28, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Qatar: Update on Immigration Changes"
  • September 28, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Russia: Simplified HR Requirements for Micro-Enterprises"
  • September 28, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Singapore: Removal of Salary Thresholds From Singapore’s Employment Act"
  • September 28, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Slovenia: New Legislation on Posted Employees"
  • September 26, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Hong Kong: Right to Dependent Visa Granted to LGBTQ Expatriate"
  • September 26, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Iraq: Increase in Minimum Salary"
  • September 26, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Ireland: Court of Appeal Decision Clarifies an Employer’s Duty on Accommodations"
  • September 26, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Ireland: New Guidelines on Retirement"
  • September 26, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Japan: Rule to Convert Fixed-Term Employees to Permanent Employees Is Enacted"
  • September 26, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Kenya: New Strike Laws Among New Employment Legislation"
  • September 26, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Kenya: Supreme Court Decision Extends Immunity Protection for Foreign Organisations"
  • September 26, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Lithuania: New Requirement to Set up Works Council"
  • September 26, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Netherlands: Case Law Clarifies the Legality of Noncompetition Clauses"
  • September 26, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "South Africa: New Laws on Industrial Action and Picketing"
  • September 25, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Austria: New Working Time Laws"
  • September 25, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Bahrain: Increase in Minimum Salary Required for Expats to Sponsor Dependants"
  • September 25, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Bangladesh: Minimum Wages Update for Workers in Specific Sectors"
  • September 25, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Belgium: New Obligation to Consult on “Disconnection” From Work"
  • September 25, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Belgium: Tax Incentives to Give up Company Cars"
  • September 25, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Brazil: The End of In Itinere Hours"
  • September 25, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Cambodia: Minimum Wage to Be Extended to All Workers"
  • September 25, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Caribbean Netherlands: New St. Maarten Case Law on the Validity of a Calamity Clause"
  • September 25, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Chile: Supreme Court Determines Workplace Conversation Recorded Without Consent May Be Considered Valid Evidence"
  • September 25, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Chile:Nonunion Employees May Negotiate Valid Collective Agreements"
  • September 25, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Czech Republic: Can a Board Member Work Under an Employment Contract?"
  • September 25, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Denmark: Amendment Increases the Power of the Danish Working Environment Authority"
  • September 25, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Denmark: New Legislation Aims to Tighten Protection of Trade Secrets"
  • September 25, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Dominican Republic: Court Ruling Addresses Issue of Consent for Medical Examinations"
  • September 25, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Finland: New limitations on the use of zero-hour contracts"
  • September 25, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Greece: New Fines for Employers of Undeclared Employees and Increased Protection for Outsourced Employees"
  • September 25, 2018 - Ogletree Deakins International Employment Update - "Guatemala: First Latin American Country to Ratify C175, the Part-Time Work Convention"
  • March 30, 2018 - SHRM Online - "Sint Maarten: New Employment Rights May Take Effect This Year"
  • May 1, 2015 - HR Review - "Managing overseas secondments – avoiding the HR pitfalls"
  • June 2014 - Business Weekly - "Employment Law Guide to Italy"
  • June 2014 - Business Weekly - "New employment laws in France – Vive la difference"
  • Legal 500
  • Chambers UK

Insights by Roger James