Employment lawyer joins IPA’s in-house advisory team

The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) has appointed Douglas Styles as its new full-time employment lawyer.

He will advise all IPA member agencies on aspects of employment law and regulation, which can be relied on under the IPA’s Professional Indemnity insurance.

Styles qualified with Thomas Eggar and worked as an employment lawyer with the firm for seven years. He is experienced in Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) issues, one of the most challenging pieces of employment law for advertising agencies, as well as redundancy programmes, maternity leave and other employment rights.

IPA director general Hamish Pringle says the addition of Douglas will bolster the association’s efforts “to-re-engage Government on the thorny issue of TUPE, which continues to cause agencies severe problems during what are already difficult times.”

Douglas joins from his most recent position as locum for Coca-Cola and he will work closely with the IPA’s people management group, chaired by Liz Nottingham, and the IPA’s associate director of resources, Lettie Hannon. He replaces Kevin Charles, who joined Crossland Employment Solicitors.

Pringle adds: “I’m delighted that someone with Douglas’ experience is joining our team. We now have four in-house lawyers.”

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