Partner, Head of Employment Team
1 Gilders Way
Off Barrack Street
NR3 1UB (For Sat Nav use: NR3 1TS)
Jeanette joined Birketts in 2007. She is a Partner and heads up our Employment Team in Norwich.
Jeanette is experienced in advising a wide range of employers and senior executives particularly in the NHS, off-shore oil and gas, and the food sector. She specialises in large scale redundancy and restructuring exercises; the TUPE implications of outsourcings, acquisitions and disposals; dealing with the removal of directors and senior executives; post termination restrictions; settlement agreements; difficult staff grievances and the Tribunal claims that can ensue.
Jeanette is committed to acting in partnership with her clients by building sustainable relationships and providing excellent client service and practical solutions. Her clients include household names such as May Gurney and Bernard Matthews.
Prior to joining Birketts, Jeanette was a Partner at an international law firm where she was Client Partner for household names such as Nestle and acted for some significant global businesses. She travelled extensively throughout the United States on speaking engagements and also advising foreign companies on their UK and European HR liabilities. She advised on large scale outsourcing deals and TUPE issues including advising Philips Electronics in its divesting of its semiconductors business NXP as well as changing the pension terms for hundreds of employees of another international food manufacturer.
Jeanette has conducted numerous public and in-house training courses on a range of HR topics receiving excellent reviews and praise for making these courses informative, interactive and always practical. Jeanette is experienced at providing media comment and analysis and is regularly asked to speak or participate in public discussions or lectures on legal or business related topics. Over the past four years, Jeanette has held the post of Chair of the Norwich Business Women's Network.
Jeanette has been co-opted to the BIS Business Challenge Panel, a government review of employment legislation.
In April 2013 Jeanette was appointed as President of the Norfolk and Norwich Law Society.
The ‘calm, considered, technically sound’ Jeanette Wheeler is recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2016] and listed in the elite 'Leading Lawyers' list of lawyers nationwide. In an earlier edition she is recommended and praised amongst her colleagues for her expertise and for contributing to the team’s reputation as a "number-one firm in the area" for employment.
Jeanette is named by Chambers [UK 2017] as an expert in director appointments and exits, TUPE and redundancy matters. Market commentators describe her as someone who "takes an active interest in the wider business community" and "is excellent in her approach."
In previous editions, clients "would always recommend her" because she "always gives sound employment advice." She "is favoured by clients for heavyweight TUPE work and also regularly advises on the hiring and firing of senior executives".