About Jackie

Having qualified in 1998 Jackie spent 13 years in the City as a senior lawyer at CMS Cameron McKenna, K&L Gates and Starr & Partners before joining Machins as a partner in 2013.

Jackie is a regular speaker to businesses on employment issues and is an avid supporter of Cancer charities holding regular workshops at the Breast Cancer charity, The Haven on “Working It Out – Cancer in the Workplace”

Specialist practice areas

Jackie advises a broad client base, across all industries but with a focus on TMT and financial services, from start-up entrepreneurs to SMEs and Blue Chips advising on:

  • Business as Usual employment issues such as HR training
  • Drafting and implementation of employment policy and contract
  • Business reorganisations and redundancies
  • Senior appointments and exits, preparing and negotiating Settlement Agreements
  • Dispute resolution and mediation, cases to the Employment Tribunals, High Court and Appeal Courts

On the corporate side employment issues such as

  • Buying and selling businesses
  • Specialism in TUPE business transfers and outsourcing, off shoring, competitive tendering, advising construction, facilities and real estate management, advertising, technology and BPO clients on TUPE compliance, information and consultation, due diligence and comparability of terms, harmonisation and redundancies
  • Drafting and negotiating contract indemnities and exit provisions
  • Collective redundancy programmes


Jackie Cuneen provides advice for employment relations cases. She has a pragmatic approach to problem-solving and is clear in relation to risk in order that the business can make commercial decisions advisedly. She is able to translate legal language into language easily understood by managers who need to be brought into the process.
Legal 500 2021
I have had the pleasure of working with partner Jackie Cuneen on several occasions. She has been the epitome of what one should expect of individuals within the legal profession: knowledgeable, approachable, objective, and professional at all times. I have also worked less closely with associates which again has proved to be the most professional experience on each occasion.
Legal 500 2021

Latest news by Jackie Cuneen

Court lifts injunction preventing employee working at new firm

The High Court has lifted an interim injunction restraining an employee from working at another company. The case involved Peltrade Ltd, a distributor of energy-producing wood pellets. In March 2018 it had employed Mr Dean Scanlan to trade in premium and industrial quality pellets, but he had worked primarily in the premium pellet sector. His

Teacher redundancies ‘amounted to unfair dismissal’

Two teachers who were made redundant during a school reorganisation programme were unfairly dismissed. That was the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in a case involving Gwynedd Council v Shelley Barratt & Ors (2020). The teachers had been employed by the council to work at a community secondary school (School 1). Under the  Staffing

Can a company in administration use Job Retention Scheme?

The High Court has given some helpful advice about whether a company in administration can place its employees in the government’s Job Retention Scheme. The issue arose in the case of the Carluccio’s restaurant chain, which went into administration on 30 March.The administrators of the chain applied for directions on whether the company’s employees could

Woman unfairly dismissed due to pregnancy related illness

The Employment Tribunal has ruled that a woman was discriminated against when she was dismissed after missing work with a pregnancy related illness. The case involved Maya Georgiev, who worked as a debt drafter for Hanover Insolvency for three months between July and October 2018. On 29 August, Georgiev needed to leave work early as

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