Originally from Belfast where he obtained his LLB undergraduate degree, John moved to Cardiff in 2008 to complete his Legal Practice Course and lived in South Wales for approximately seven years before relocating to the Berkshire area in 2015. John qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and obtained a broad range of experience in employment law, working for a firm based in Cardiff, followed by a larger practice based in West London.
John is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and has extensive experience of contentious and non-contentious employment disputes, acting for both individuals and employers of all sizes, including the implications of the TUPE regulations upon buying or selling a company.
His range of expertise also includes drafting contracts of employment, consultancy agreements, zero-hours contracts, settlement agreements, staff handbooks and letters to employees engaged in disciplinary proceedings as well as advising employers regarding redundancy situations and staff consultation, together with developing selection criteria and providing advice pertaining to potential dismissals.
Added to his extensive experience in advising employees regarding the terms and implications of settlement agreements, John has also acted for employees in relation to issuing claims for unfair dismissal (including constructive dismissal), redundancy, disability discrimination and the unlawful deduction of wages and holiday pay.
John is also experienced in advising on litigation outside of the Employment Tribunal.
When he is not at work, John enjoys being involved in a wide variety of sports, but his main passions are surfing, football and golf.
John can be available for radio interviews and for other media in relation to employment law matters. Contact John on 0118 208 2003
“BRILLIANT EXPERIENCE – WOULD GIVE 10*’S IF I COULD I had the pleasure of working with John McConkey regarding an employment dispute. John was so knowledgeable, patient and efficient. He created a plan of action within a day and constructed a super letter that clearly expressed all of the concerns etc. He was very realistic with his advice and fees were very reasonable considering his expertise. The result was positive and very successful for all involved. John is fantastic at what he does and always answers emails/the phone so quickly which is great when you’re aiming for a fast turn around. Couldn’t recommend John or the company enough. Fantastic!”
AB June 2020
“John provided exceptionally good advice and guided me down the right path. I would not hesitate to use DPH again if required.”
Anna June 2020
“After experiencing major issues at work, I contacted DPH Legal for advice. They led me to step by step through the process until a positive outcome was reached. Mr John McConkey was professional, courteous & sympathetic, for which I am truly grateful. Would recommend to anyone with employment problems.”
Sarah August 2019
“I am really grateful for the help and advice provided by David and John which enabled me to achieve a settlement with my employer that far exceeded my expectations.”Brian April 2019
“In such a difficult situation regarding leaving my company, John’s friendly, empathetic and professional approach was very welcomed by me. John dealt with the situation quickly and all was sorted within a matter of days. I wouldn’t hesitate to use or recommend DPH Legal and particularly John.”
NMP March 2019
“It was with some shock that after 22 years of service and high performance, I found myself facing the prospect of redundancy via a settlement agreement. I contacted DPH Legal and my case was taken by John McConkey. He talked me through every stage of the process in plain English and proved to be invaluable with his help, guidance and advice. During what was a very traumatic time for me, John was able to get me to assess the situation without emotion getting in the way, which proved vital. Perhaps most importantly, he was able to negotiate a final settlement that was substantially more than the initial offer. For this, I will always be grateful, and I consider John a credit to his profession. Needless to say, I would not hesitate to recommend this company to anyone.”
William December 2018
“Excellent service, efficient and very professional. Very upfront and honest of future outcomes and expectations. I would use this team again. John is an outstanding representative and has nothing but praise for him!”
Lewis November 2020
“DPH legal have done superb job handling a very complex case against the powerful employer from F1 Motorsports. John was super professional, his guidance and advice were exceptional, he is a true specialist in employment law. I’m very happy with the outcome, communication throughout the process and how the case was handled. If you are looking for employment specialists look no further! I would give 6 stars but Google is only allowing me to give 5. Big thanks to all at DPH Legal for saving my career!”
MJ September 2019
“I cannot rate DPH legal enough . . . From the first hesitant phone call, feeling completely overwhelmed with a work situation, to achieving a fantastic outcome. I received legal advice from John McConkey and the situation was soon resolved swiftly and amicably for both parties. John kept me on track at all times and gave sound advice every step of the way. I would definitely advise anyone to use their services if faced with an employment issue.”
JP October 2019
“I could not speak any higher of this firm, John helped me understand how the issues I was having with my previous company were grossly unfair. He then helped me navigate the internal grievance process and settlement negotiations, securing a package that was well above expectations. Excellent.”
TW January 2020
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