Jemima Coleman

Jemima Coleman

Senior Consultant


Jemima is an experienced employment lawyer advising companies and social enterprises on all aspects of employment law including day-to-day HR advisory work, business restructures and litigation.

Jemima is experienced in drafting employment contracts, consultancy agreements, executive director contracts and non-executive director appointment letters. She advises on managing sickness and stress at work, performance management, disciplinaries and grievances as well as exit strategies and settlement terms when things don’t work out. She has experience of Employment Tribunal proceedings involving allegations of unfair dismissal and discrimination, and High Court litigation including interim injunction proceedings involving disputes about confidentiality obligations and restrictive covenants.

Jemima is a non-executive board member of the Legal Services Board, the oversight regulator for England and Wales.

She is also a non-executive director of Creative Access.


Relevant experience includes:

  • Advising various start-up and scale-up companies on seed funding, follow-on investment rounds, restructurings and founder exits.
  • Advice on employment law aspects of the purchase of a UK Tech company (formerly in administration) by a German company involving complex TUPE issues
  • Drafting and advice for a management consultancy firm based in Africa on UK law on employment status, consultancy and employment contracts
  • Advice on appointments, contentious terminations and settlement agreements for a number of start-up and scale-up companies expanding internationally
  • Advice on an executive directors grievance and appeal for an entrepreneurial aerospace company
  • Advice on employment law issues on an outsourcing for an IT Support and Consultancy business based in London
  • Advice to a global social enterprise tackling barriers faced by women entrepreneurs on the organisations employment law rights and obligations under English law
  • Training and advice for an education charity specialising in teacher training on equalities law, safeguarding and positive action

Fine Print

Key practices

Employment law – general advisory work, investigations, litigation and the “people” aspects of corporate restructurings.


Pembroke College, Cambridge University (BA Hons in History), Nottingham Law School (Post Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course)


Herbert Smith Freehills and Simmons & Simmons

Non-executive appointments

Board member of the Legal Services Board, oversight regulator for legal services in England and Wales and non-executive director of community interest company, Creative Access.

A social cause I care about

Making the creative industries more reflective of society. I’m proud to be a non-executive director of Creative Access

News, Insights & Resources


Hiring and Firing Senior Employees – Webinar Recording

On the 22nd March we held a webinar to discuss the legal ins and outs of hiring and firing employees. Ignition’s Head of Employment, Nicky Cranfield led the webinar, covering everything from reasons for “fair” dismissal, to settlement agreements. Below we have a video recording for those of you who weren’t able to make it on the day.

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IR35 (again)?

Postponed from April 2020, this time around, the new off-payroll working rules, more commonly known as “IR35” are set to come into force as of 6 April 2021.

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