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Jawaid joined Weightmans in 2007 and is the head of our hotels & leisure sector and a partner in the employment, pensions and immigration team. He specialises in equal pay, implementing pay schemes and advising on major restructure projects. He has project managed change initiatives that have involved over 15,000 employees and a group action of over 2000 equal pay claims.

Jawaid has a particular expertise in advising clients in the hospitality sector including Pizza Express, Wasabi, TGI Fridays and Whitbread. He has also advised on complex re-organisation projects in the public sector.

Jawaid has certain clients for which he manages projects that involve multi disciplinary legal issues, such as opening/closing restaurants and construction projects. He is responsible for being the point of contact for the client and ensuring that the most appropriate legal expertise is deployed (from real estate and finance lawyers to regulatory and commercial) in the most cost effective manner. He effectively acts as their in-house counsel, working in total partnership with the client's internal team.

Jawaid also advises clients on a more strategic level at project boards at the cutting edge of decision making. He has had many articles published in leading publications such as the Times, the Grocer, the Caterer and People Management.

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Insights The latest holiday pay decision expands the concept of “normal remuneration” again

The EAT handed down another decision in the long-running and well-publicised series of cases defining what elements should be included in holiday…

Insights Equal pay update: what does the recent ASDA judgment mean for me?

Equal pay issues continue to receive significant media attention. This stems not only from mass litigation but as it has now filtered into the private…

Insights Gender pay gap reporting – what you need to do now

Equal pay and the gender pay gap have been a hot topic for some time now. Public sector organisations have been the subject of thousands of equal pay…

Insights Mandatory gender pay reporting

Equal pay and the gender pay gap have been in the media spotlight for some time with the public sector subject to mass litigation over the past…

Insights Private sector equal pay: the next big thing?

The public sector has faced huge liabilities over the past decade with many thousands of equal pay claims. The private sector has largely escaped,…

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“I give him nine out of ten, which is very good, as I never give ten! I’m impressed by the soundness and thoroughness of advice, but then almost as important is that he is timely and pragmatic. He is not just parroting case law or statute and leaving us to work out the answer. He has an easy collaborative working style.”

Chambers and Partners 2015