Glenn Jaques is a partner with Yorkshire law firm Lupton Fawcett. He has lived and worked in Sheffield for most of his life and joined Lupton Fawcett in October 2020.

Based at the Sheffield office, he is an experienced solicitor with more than 30 years’ experience and specialises in employment law working for clients in the Sheffield City Region and beyond.

He advises on a full range of employment issues including redundancies, corporate restructuring, discrimination and whistleblowing cases.

As well as being a robust and tenacious litigator in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and courts, Glenn is also a skilled negotiator. He works with clients from a range of different sectors including manufacturing, IT, construction and healthcare. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association

In his spare time, Glenn enjoys walking in the Peak District, overseas travel and playing five-a-side football. He is also enjoys playing squash at the Hallamshire Squash and Tennis Club in Sheffield.  He loves overseas travel and is currently learning Spanish in anticipation of travelling in Latin America and enjoying its food. He lives in Dronfield with his wife, Aurora.

Glenn Jaques talks to us about his favourite places in Sheffield

Graves Park

Sheffield is known for being the Outdoor City and its parks are a great asset to the City. Graves Park is my favourite park in Sheffield and is often frequented at the weekends, when not walking in the Peak District for much needed exercise. It’s always great to see the numerous dogs enjoying the open space and for the panoramic views across Sheffield. It’s difficult to believe that all of the land for Graves Park (248 acres) was donated to the City by Alderman J.G Graves to protect the thousand-year old woodland from development. He must have been a very nice chap!

Sheffield Theatres

The theatres in Sheffield are another of the city’s great assets and comprise the largest regional theatre complex outside London. I have missed going to the theatre immensely during the pandemic. Productions at the Crucible and the Lyceum are always first class and I really enjoyed productions such as “Everybody’s Talking about Jamie” (now to be a film) at both theatres and “Living at the Sky’s Edge” at the Crucible which was excellent. The Crucible Studio also has interesting plays and a nice intimate atmosphere. I hope that they will able to re-open soon.

The Bath Hotel 

This is one of Sheffield’s best kept secrets in my view. There are numerous great pubs in Sheffield, particularly in Kelham Island but the historic Bath Hotel, just off West Street in Broomhall is my favourite. Dating from 1867, it has a good selection of craft beer with friendly staff and is just the place to go for a quiet pint and to wind down after a busy day. I feel sorry for the pubs which have been through a particularly tough time during the epidemic and look forward to them re-opening when they can.

The Botanical Gardens 

I worked opposite the Botanical Gardens for more than 20 years and it was a great place to go and eat a sandwich at lunchtime and wander around. I used to visit with my father when I was young and I can vividly remember when there was an aviary there as well.

The Gardens were developed in 1834 on 18 acres of farmland but only initially opened to shareholders and subscribers. Then, as now, residents were concerned about the accessibility of public open spaces to promote healthy recreation and self-education. Free admission to the public was granted in 1898 when the gardens were saved for Sheffield by Sheffield Town Trust and continues to this day. More recently the gardens have been comprehensively restored following a massive fundraising operation and a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. I’m so glad that it has been so well kept over the years as it is great for a walk around all of the winding paths at any time of year.

Graves Art Gallery 

Located above Sheffield’s Central Library, this is another place I used to visit with my father. He used to take me to painting lessons on Saturday mornings but soon realised that I was not destined to be an artist! I once had the harrowing experience of getting stuck in the lift there so now I always take the stairs to the top! It’s always worth it to see the different art exhibitions and the permanent collection as well.

Opened in 1834 and built with the support of another local businessman, John George Graves who made his money through a mail order business, I understand the gallery is currently undergoing refurbishment and I am looking forward to seeing it again when it re-opens. I hope it can remain as an art gallery and library for many years to come.

Pina, Kelham Island

I really love Mexican food and Pina does some delicious authentic tasting tacos. I went to Tijuana in Mexico a couple of years ago and they are almost as good as the ones I enjoyed there! Pina has a great vibe about it and it also serves Mexican beer – fantastico! The staff are always helpful and friendly and it’s reasonably priced too. I will be making a trip there as soon as it re-opens in the post-lockdown world!

Please note this information is provided by way of example and may not be complete and is certainly not intended to constitute legal advice. You should take bespoke advice for your circumstances.

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