About David Parry

Place your trust in employment lawyer David Parry

David Parry graduated with a Law with French degree from Leicester and Strasbourg Universities. He qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and has specialised in employment law ever since, first at Cole & Cole (now Blake Morgan) moving on to Mallam Lewis & Taylor, where he became a partner in 1995 and who merged with Darbys (now Knights) in 1999. Until 2013, David was the Head of the Employment Team at Darbys and took the team on to become one of the best regarded in Oxford and the Thames Valley.

Why instruct David Parry?

David is extremely well qualified to help you with your employment queries. What makes David different is his openness and friendliness, and his ability to connect with his clients, both as individuals and professional organisations. His approach is jargon free, easy to understand, and his fees provide outstanding value for money. He is fair and honest, and his aim is to always resolve your employment challenges positively. David offers:

  • 35 years’ employment law experience – for more than three decades, David has advised businesses and individuals in every aspect of employment law. In law firm guides, David has been recognised as being “very knowledgeable and clear in his advice” and “a formidable opponent on the contentious circuit”.
  • A personal service – A common complaint from clients who use larger employment law firms is that they are passed on to other employment lawyers to deal with their issue, often without their consent or even being asked beforehand. David works entirely by himself, so is able to deal personally with each matter for every single client.
  • Value for money – Despite being a leader in his field, David’s rates are typically 15-20% lower than specialist employment solicitors in Oxford and 40-50% lower than specialist employment solicitors in the City of London. His charging structure is completely transparent. For his business clients, David offers a range of retainer schemes that are tailored to their specific requirements and he also offers a range of fixed-price services. With David’s invoices there are no nasty surprises.

To speak to David call 01993 848247 or email on david@parryemploymentlaw.com


As the director of a small, educational charity working in Oxford, I have found David Parry’s cogent and common sense guidance to be invaluable. He has helped us immensely in dealing with a difficult case and has provided incisive advise that is sensitive to our needs and structure. His awareness of the differences between types and sizes of organisation and a clear understanding of the law has given us confidence to act. He has also helped us make sure we establish appropriate baseline practices for normal employment situations.Stanley P Rosenberg MA, PhD, Director, CCCU-UK
WRAP has worked with David for over five years, seeking his advice on a variety of employment law matters. He is both easily approachable and accessible. We value his ability to support us in analysing the critical points of our cases and advise accordingly. David excels in providing comprehensible advice. Really important for us is his skill in ensuring we understand any risks that we face in a situation or planned course of action, whilst recognising that we have a business to run, and then advising how we can manage these two sometimes contradictory aspects together.Eileen Anderson, Former Head of HR, Waste & Resources Action Programme
Key to David’s success and the reason that we have a great working relationship is that he understands our business models, he is prepared to get off the fence and challenge our thinking, but his priority remains the same which is to minimise risk and deliver cost-effective commercial solutions to our business.Nick Allen, Group HR Director, Absolute Taste Limited
David has guided us through the legal process with the sensitivity and experience that our case needed. We had not expected it to go as high as the Court of Appeal and definitely would not have been able to do that without David’s help. I would not hesitate to recommend David’s services.Angela Fox, Personal Representative of Claimant in Fox -v- British Airways plc
Fortunately, the quality of David’s legal advice is far greater than the quality of his golf!Alistair Booth, Former Executive Chairman, Frilford Heath Golf club
David has been providing us with advice and support on employment law issues for several years now. He has given us consistent, comprehensible and above all practical help across a wide range of issues, from recruitment to redundancies; from Directors' contracts to settlement agreements; and even seen us safely through a couple of tough TUPE issues. We could not envisage making key employment decisions without his advice.Fiona Strong, Group Managing Director, The Ark-H Group
Clifton High School was looking for a personal service based on a real understanding of the ever-changing nature of employment law, the demands of independent schools and the needs of our staff. David understands us, the independent sector and of course the law. David has been immensely helpful and reassuring to us all and we look forward to his termly visits.Guy Cowper, Former Director of Operations, Clifton High School
I am very pleased to recommend David. I have always found the advice he gives to be first-rate and pragmatic, based upon a good understanding of the employment issues faced by independent schools. He responds promptly to queries and provides good value for money.HR Manager, Independent School, South-West England
I just wanted to thank you enormously for dealing with this drama and giving me such good, balanced and direct advice. I trust your opinion and talent to the end so thank you.Fiona Morrison, Managing Director, TLA Medicolegal Limited
I am enormously grateful for your wisdom and calm, speedy help on this. Very lucky to have you assisting us.Jayne Norris, Managing Director, Edgars Limited