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Addleshaw Goddard LLP - Employment

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established employment law practice with significant expertise assisting financial services clients. Provides experience handling challenging litigation in both the High Court and employment tribunals, as well as in relation to regulatory matters. Also assists clients with defending whistle-blowing claims and with workplace investigations.

Strengths Clients say: "They have good-quality lawyers. They are committed, commercial and very pragmatic."

Others say: "The quality of their individuals is very high – they're very responsive and make us feel valued."

Work highlights Advised Assura on the departure of its chief executive due to ill health.

Advised Serco on the TUPE transfer of 1,200 staff from Barts NHS Trust.

Significant clients Tate & Lyle, Barclays, Royal Mail, British Airways, William Hill.

Notable practitioners

Michael Leftley acts for clients on a range of employment matters and is known for his work in issues concerning reputational risk. Sources describe him as "very commercial and very practical" and praise his "sound advice."

Richard Yeomans is "responsive, practical and pragmatic," according to his clients. He regularly advises those in the financial sector on the appointment and termination of senior executives, as well as on reorganisations.

Managing associate Annabel Mackay comes recommended for her whistleblowing and discrimination expertise. Sources say that "her eye for detail is superlative," and describe her as "very technical, very proactive and very personable."

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Allen & Overy LLP - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Premier employment group with an enviable reputation for the service it provides to major players in the financial services and media sectors. The team remains at the forefront of hot button issues including data protection, privacy and whistle-blowing. Continues to be called upon by its high-profile employer client base to advise on business-critical issues, including a wealth of recent work relating to the enforcement of restrictive covenants following executive departures. Well placed to advise on cross-border employment mandates.

Strengths Sources say: "They are very client-oriented and invest time to understand our business and our business challenges."

Clients said that "the team was a well-oiled machine," adding that "they worked incredibly well together with each party bringing something extra to the table."

Work highlights Advised Pentair on the international employment aspects of its sale of its Valves & Controls division to Emerson Electric, including co-ordinating employment law advice across approximately 45 jurisdictions.

Continued to advise various financial institutions on whistleblowing claims brought against former employees in relation to the Forex scandal.

Significant clients Google, GlaxoSmithKline, HSBC, Burberry, Morgan Stanley.

Notable practitioners

Mark Mansell is well regarded for his experience of domestic and cross-border employment issues, and for his expertise in areas such as restrictive covenants and transactional matters. Commentators consider him to be "very commercial and good to deal with," and clients describe him as "an excellent lawyer."

Karen Seward is highly regarded for her handling of employment-related litigation and disputes, particularly for leading global investment banks. Sources describe her as "first-class" and add that she is a "highly strategic, excellent lawyer."

Sources say Sarah Henchoz is "superb, fantastic and extremely calm." She has experience handing both contentious and non-contentious matters, with notable expertise in whistle-blowing claims.

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Ashurst - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Delivers high-quality advice to employers across the whole spectrum of issues, with extensive experience advising financial institution clients. Possesses added expertise advising on employment issues related to corporate transactions. Notable experience handling matters for international clients, particularly those based in Asia.

Strengths Clients say: "They have good cross-border capability and depth and breadth of specialisms."

"The team fully understand our company's strategy, and therefore they can provide very suitable service and advice," clients remark.

Work highlights Advised Gala Coral on the employment aspects of its £2.3 billion merger with Ladbrokes, including due diligence and negotiation of terms and conditions of engagement with senior management.

Provided counsel to Vectura on all aspects of its recommended all-share merger with Skyepharma.

Significant clients Toshiba, Cenkos, AVEVA, Mitsui, China General Nuclear Power Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Senior associate Ruth Buchanan is held in high regard by clients for her advice on restrictive covenants and cross-border outsourcing projects. She is described as "excellent, considered and commercial."

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Baker McKenzie - Employment

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly experienced employment team covering the whole spectrum of employment law, with expertise in restrictive covenants, discrimination and transactional matters. Standout industrial relations expertise, with regular work in relation to European Works Councils. Regularly represents global employers, with regular work in the retail and financial services sectors. Widely recognised for its ability to handle complex international employment issues.

Strengths Sources state: "They provide an excellent service and they are always thinking tactically."

"The team at Baker is absolutely extraordinary," notes one market commentator.

Work highlights Advised Equinix on the post-acquisition integration of Telecity which included advice on consultation, retention and restructuring.

Advised Emerson on the employment and pensions aspects of the spin-off and subsequent sale of its network power business.

Significant clients Lloyd's, UBM, Alliance Boots, Prudential, Hitachi.

Notable practitioners

John Evason is recommended for his expertise on a range of employment matters, including industrial relations, boardroom disputes, terminations and injunctions. Sources say he is "very good with clients, practical and commercial."

Monica Kurnatowska is regarded as "very good technically" by commentators, while clients say she is "incisive and responsive." She is known for her strength in handing employment matters for clients in the financial services industry.

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Bates Wells Braithwaite - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned for its expert employment work for major charities and educational institutions. The team advises on the full gamut of employment law, with expertise in senior executive and TUPE matters. Also provides employment support on large corporate transactions. Recent work has included advising on claims for clients working within the 'gig economy'.

Strengths "The expertise, understanding and availability of the professional advice has been invaluable," clients state.

One client notes that "BWB were at all times professional, knowledgeable, helpful, compassionate and supportive."

Work highlights Advised City & Islington College on TUPE matters relation to its merger with Westminster Kingsway College. Continues to provide general employment advice to the merged entity.

Represented Margaret Dewhurst in her successful claim against CitySprint concerning the employment rights of couriers.

Significant clients British Red Cross, Cafe Nero, Royal College of Nursing, Christian Aid, Euromoney.

Notable practitioners

Lucy McLynn is noted for her handling of employment matters on behalf of employers from the not-for-profit sector, particularly claims of discrimination. Her clients describe her as "very approachable" and praise her "excellent technical knowledge, pragmatic approach and business focus."

William Garnett heads the firm's employment team. He is an experienced practitioner, known for his representation of both senior executives and employers. Clients praise his "excellent client focus, professional availability and technical knowledge."

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Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected employment practice that is home to a range of talented practitioners. Strong litigation work is coupled with day-to-day employment advice. Provides a wealth of experience in acting for large multinational banking clients, law firms and retail sector clients.

Strengths Clients praise the team's "practical employment law advice and excellent commercial awareness."

"They are very prompt and commercial in the advice they give," sources remark.

Significant clients Premier Oil, Credit Suisse, LVMH, Tesco, Deutsche Bank.

Notable practitioners

Rebecca Harding-Hill has "a commercial, practical and sensible approach" and "an exceptional ability to advise on complex employment issues," according to clients. She specialises in litigation involving claims of discrimination and whistle-blowing.

Lisa Mayhew is the firm's managing partner. She has experience working with clients in the retail sector and is also known for her expertise on financial services regulation.

Rob Eldridge is praised by clients for his "efficient, timely and sound commercial advice." He advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters, with a focus on restrictive covenant enforcement.

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Bevan Brittan LLP - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Widely renowned for delivering expert employment advice and support to public and private healthcare organisations across the country. Adept at handling highly sensitive litigation matters, including complex High Court and tribunal cases. Also has experience advising clients in the education sector.

Strengths Sources say: "They have very good attention to detail and their client care is really good – they are very good at managing the expectations of clients."

Others note that "they have a high level of expertise and are extremely popular with their clients."

Work highlights Acted for Royal Free London NHS Trust in defending an unfair dismissal claim brought by a senior research scientist.

Advised Solent NHS Trust in the defence of an unfair dismissal and race discrimination claim. The matter also concerns Article 8 and the employer's right to monitor electronic communications.

Significant clients Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, Whittington Health NHS Trust, Clece Care Services, London School of Economics.

Notable practitioners

Jodie Sinclair is considered to be "responsive, insightful and completely focused on finding the right solution for her clients." She primarily advises clients from the healthcare sector on a range of employment law issues, including whistle-blowing and discrimination.

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Bird & Bird - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established practice offering quality employment advice to both employers and high-profile individuals. Widely recognised for its expertise in the technology sector. Advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Also handles employment law matters with a cross-border element.

Strengths Clients say: "The team are very responsive and helpful. They will always take the time to work through the problems with you to come to a pragmatic conclusion."

Others note: "They understand our company's policies and needs as if they were one of our in-house legal counsel."

Work highlights Provided ongoing advice to Lenovo on general employment matters, including changing terms and conditions of employment.

Continued to advise Jet2.com in the defence of a Court of Appeal claim brought by BALPA concerning collective bargaining and a union's right to be involved in rostering matters.

Significant clients Amey, Yahoo!, Danaher, Salesforce.com, Ciber.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent and knowledgeable" Ian Hunter heads the firm's UK employment practice and is joint head of its International HR Services Group. He advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious employment law and also has experience of collective labour law issues.

Elizabeth Lang advises clients in the financial services and insurance industries, as well as those working in the aviation and media sectors. Sources describe her as "a determined litigator" and "an effective negotiator."

Department profile by Bird & Bird

Our International HR Services Group, encompassing Employment, Business Immigration and Employee Incentives & Benefits, offers support to both domestic and international clients throughout our network of offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Working with both large and small corporations and individuals throughout the private and public sectors, we offer clients a comprehensive range of legal advice across the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment law. Each of our offices are staffed with employment lawyers enabling us to provide advice on national employment legislation in addition to international employment directives.

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•    Policies, practice and in-house documentation
•    Terminations and disputes
•    Restructuring
•    Conduct and resolution of claims
•    Senior-level appointments
•    Equality and diversity
•    Business immigration
•    Outsourcing
•    Employee incentives and benefits
•    Trade secrets

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Capsticks Solicitors LLP - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Pre-eminent healthcare specialist offering expert advice on all aspects of employment law. Regularly represents NHS trusts throughout England. Notable for its strength on whistle-blowing and holiday pay issues. Also handles an increasing amount of work for emergency service clients including the police and ambulance service.

Strengths Clients say: "They're able, knowledgeable, supportive, willing to listen and adapt, and willing to take cases forward in a proactive way."

Work highlights Continued to advise Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on employment structures, documentation and immigration issues relating to an initiative to host 200 new physician associates to work across the NHS in England.

Successfully defended Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust against claims of whistle-blowing, automatic unfair dismissal, unlawful deductions from wages and race, sex and disability discrimination.

Significant clients Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, Basildon & Thurrock Hospital NHS Trust, Metropolitan Police, Gateway Housing, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Notable practitioners

Martin Hamilton is a key contact.

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Charles Russell Speechlys - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Provides expert employment advice to corporate groups, with particular experience handling severance negotiations and complicated exits. Serves a broad range of clients, with notable work for retail and sports organisations. Also has experience working with employers and senior individuals from the financial services sector.

Strengths "They are very professional, supportive and experts in their field," notes one client.

Clients add that the team provides "excellent overall service and clear guidance, and they are fast, responsive, efficient and professional."

Work highlights Provided ongoing advice to Sony on various employment matters, including grievances, TUPE and compliance with the Gender Pay Reporting Regulations.

Continued to advise Drake International in its defence of a breach of duty claim brought in relation to TUPE. It was alleged that Drake, as transferor, had failed to provide prescribed employee liability information.

Significant clients Sports Direct, Wagamama, Nike, Baring Asset Management, Hotel Chocolat.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Nick Hurley handles both contentious and non-contentious matters and has notable experience advising on discrimination, whistle-blowing and TUPE issues. Sources say that "he is good with clients and fights his corner well."

Michael Powner is particularly active in the retail and sports sectors and provides a full range of employment advice to clients. Sources describe him as "savvy, smart and pragmatic."

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Clifford Chance LLP - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong employment practice that is well known for advising high-profile corporate clients and financial institutions. Adept at handling complex employment issues arising from large-scale transactions, employment litigation and investigations. Also provides advice on issues such as dismissals, whistle-blowing and senior exits.

Strengths Clients state that "they are responsive, incredibly pragmatic and helpful."

"They are a very good team and work well together. There is always someone there to help and the service is excellent," sources add.

Work highlights Advised Deutsche Bank on the employment aspects of the sale of Abbey Life to Phoenix Group Holdings. The matter involved negotiation of warranties and indemnities, separation and transitional services agreements and advice on TUPE regulations.

Significant clients Pfizer, Permira, Credit Suisse, KKR, Jupiter Asset Management.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Goodwill has experience of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues and acts for leading financial institutions and multinational corporations. Sources describe him as "an outstanding professional, who is credible and always available at short notice."

Alistair Woodland is praised for his ability to "cut through the nonsense and give you straight, unequivocal advice." He is known for acting for financial institutions on a range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters.

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Clyde & Co LLP - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well known for helping insurance clients and financial services institutions with a full range of employment law issues, including regularly advising on team moves. Able to leverage its international footprint to advise on cross-border multi-jurisdictional work. Has notable experience handling contentious matters.

Strengths Clients say: "There's a commercial and pragmatic approach across the team and they are very responsible and flexible."

Others add: "They provide full legal advice on an international level with offices globally and excellent global connections with countries they don't have offices in."

Work highlights Defended Jas Forwarding in a theft of business claim brought by Kinetus World Express arising from a team move.

Advised Chubb on post-merger employment matters related to its merger with ACE.

Significant clients Willis Towers Watson, Etihad Airways, Metropolitan Police, Financial Times, Estée Lauder.

Notable practitioners

Robert Hill leads the firm's employment practice. He advises on a full range of employment law matters, both contentious and non-contentious. His areas of work include defence of discrimination and dismissal claims, and assisting with restructurings and redundancies.

Department profile by Clyde & Co LLP

We are recognised leaders in the delivery of HR legal services and we support multinational companies across the globe in relation to all ‘people’ issues that they face. We co-ordinate with a global network of lawyers where appropriate in order to offer integrated solutions to all of our clients' employment issues.

Our experienced practices across the UK, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific have a long track record of advising both local and international businesses on the full spectrum of HR issues. Those include managing redundancy and restructuring programmes, complex disciplinary and grievance procedures, contentious and sensitive employee exits, trade union issues, employment aspects of corporate transactions, pensions and all immigration issues.

In the UK, we also represent our clients in Employment Tribunal litigation, acting on their behalf in claims such as those for unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing and equal pay, as well as running high value and fast-paced High Court litigation in relation to team moves and contractual disputes.

We act for clients across a wide range of sectors, including insurance, professional services, transportation, retail and consumer, and technology media and telecommunications.

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CMS - Employment

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What the team is known for Highly experienced team offering advice across all aspects of employment law, with notable expertise in relation to restrictive covenants and Employment Tribunal representation. Adept at handling employment issues across multiple jurisdictions for large international corporations. Has further experience handling disputes, particularly in the media and technology industries.

Strengths Clients say: "The team ensure that they are up to date with any ongoing matters and there is a seamless level of support provided."

Clients praise the firm as being "commercially driven and solution-focused," and for providing "balanced advice."

Work highlights Advised on the employment aspects of CooperSurgical's acquisition of the Wallace line from Smiths Medical International. This involved advice on the requirements and application of TUPE to employees based in the UK.

Acted for Foot Anstey in the defence of an age discrimination claim brought by a former partner.

Significant clients BT, Schlumberger, Allied Irish Banks, Royal Mail, Korn Ferry.

Notable practitioners

Anthony Fincham advises clients in the financial and professional services sectors on a range of employment law matters, including disputes. Sources say that "he is very calm, very clear, has a really deep knowledge of employment law and is a valued strategic adviser."

Graham Paul "is incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and practical," say clients. He is well known for his litigation expertise, but also adept at handling transactional employment law matters.

The "excellent" Catherine Taylor is widely respected for her employment litigation practice. Impressed sources describe her as "fierce, analytical and always on the ball." Her clients primarily hail from the financial, technology and media sectors.

"Fantastic employment lawyer" Melanie Lane has a strong practice in the retail and media sectors, advising corporations on transactional employment law matters. She is praised as having "a first-class intellect and terrific negotiation skills."

Richard Brown advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters and frequently advises clients in the technology sector. Sources praise him as being "calm, considered and always available."

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DAC Beachcroft LLP - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned for its work in healthcare and the public sector, the firm is regularly instructed in complex employment matters for hospitals and NHS trusts. Broad employment practice encompasses both contentious and non-contentious aspects, including day-to-day employment advice for large financial institutions. Also represents a range of clients in the insurance industry.

Strengths Clients say: "They know their job and explain things in ways that busy people at all levels can understand easily. They are swift in their responses and do everything possible to meet sometimes impossible deadlines."

Clients appreciate the "very speedy service, practical advice and reasonable fees."

Work highlights Acted for Dell in litigation brought by a former employee in relation to his rights under a stock plan.

Continued to represent Arthur J Gallagher in a claim against a former employee and his new employer for misuse of confidential information. The High Court granted destruction of confidential information on the defendants' computer system as interim relief.

Significant clients Virgin Care, eg solutions, Freightliner, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, Caprice Group.

Notable practitioners

Khurram Shamsee receives high praise for his work with clients from the financial services sector. Clients say he is "very clear, responsive, switched-on and good to work with."

Udara Ranasinghe advises public and private sector clients on both contentious and non-contentious employment law. Clients say he is "personable, pragmatic and always quick to identify and address the key issues."

Department profile by DAC Beachcroft LLP

What we do

We act for high-profile clients across the financial services, commercial and health sector including four of the leading investment banks, household names such as Royal Mail and Unilever and leading NHS institutions. We support these clients with their complex and sensitive employment disputes, projects and transactions.

We are experts at litigation both before the Employment Tribunals and the High Court. In recent years we have appeared in a series of reported cases before the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal, and we acted for Dell EMC in successfully petitioning the Supreme Court.

Unlike many of our London-based competitors, we can offer our clients access to our regional offices to cover their day to day advisory matters, and thereby service the full range of their needs.

What we are known for

  • Tribunal claims involving complex regulatory issues, in particular connected with the FCA and the US Department of Justice
  • High-profile whistleblowing cases
  • High Court injunctions and bonus disputes
  • Equal pay disputes and gender pay reporting
  • Advising large multi-national employers on large-scale projects
  • Data privacy issues in the workplace, including General Data Protection Regulation compliance
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Most of our clients operate globally, and we regularly coordinate cross-border employment and data protection projects using our international network of trusted partner firms. A recent example is the coordination of HR support across 21 EMEA jurisdictions following the spin-off of a major software company, involving everything from basic housekeeping around employment contracts and policies to complex negotiations with the works councils.


Dechert LLP - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad employment practice known for its expert knowledge on issues affecting financial services and insurance sector employers. Adept at handling multi-jurisdictional matters. Noted expertise in both contentious and non-contentious employment law issues.

Strengths Sources say that this is a "very flexible, knowledgeable, pragmatic and practical team."

Clients say: "The people we have worked with listen, think around the problem, are supportive, have junior support and work with us to develop a strategy."

Work highlights Advised Wyndeham on the employment aspects of the acquisition made by Walstead, owner of the Wyndeham group, of the assets of Polestar’s Bicester operation.

Significant clients Cambridge Assessment, Asta Management Services, Barbican Insurance, The Bank of New York Mellon, Colorcon.

Notable practitioners

Jason Butwick advises household names in the financial services sector on contentious and non-contentious employment law matters. Clients say: "Jason has a unique way of cutting through the noise to get to the bottom of an issue quickly."

Charles Wynn-Evans is particularly recognised for handling TUPE matters and both tribunal and High Court employment litigation. Clients consider him to be "hugely knowledgeable and experienced," and appreciate his "sensible and pragmatic advice."

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Dentons - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established practice that acts for financial institutions and multinational corporations on all employment-related matters. Demonstrable expertise in large cross-jurisdictional projects, as well as in complex TUPE matters. Benefits from an impressive network of international offices.

Strengths Sources remark that "the team is very strong on client service and they are responsive and commercial in their approach."

Work highlights Provides ongoing counsel to World First on numerous employment matters, including advice on grievance and disciplinary processes, changes to incentive arrangements and the departure of senior executives.

Advised John Lewis Partnership on the employment aspects of its joint venture with Clipper Logistics.

Significant clients Société Générale, Informa, Hurricane Energy, Aegon, British Steel.

Notable practitioners

Michael Bronstein is head of the firm's UK employment law practice. He is noted for his expertise representing banking and financial services clients in a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. He is also highly regarded for injunction work.

Ryan Carthew focuses his practice on the representation of employers in defence of high-value litigation. He is considered to be "dedicated, focused and hugely aware of the personal pressures arising from litigation." His clients span the financial services, media and energy sectors.

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DLA Piper LLP - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong employment practice with an international focus, offering advice to global companies. Advises across the whole gamut of employment law, with recognisable strengths on multi-jurisdictional projects, including large restructurings. Clients hail from a number of sectors, including technology, financial services and mining.

Strengths Clients say: "They're an extremely professional establishment. Nothing is too much and they work tirelessly to support you."

Others say this is "an extremely strong team that provides advice you can trust."

Work highlights Acted for Uber in the high-profile employment tribunal case concerning the employment status of Uber drivers.

Advised Coopervision on a range of employment issues, including contract review and implementation.

Significant clients HSBC, ITV, SThree, SuperGroup, London Stock Exchange.

Notable practitioners

Adam Hartley is a key contact.

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Doyle Clayton - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Specialist firm acting for employers and senior executives. Adept at handling complex litigation, including that relating to restrictive covenants and High Court injunctions. Advises a wide spectrum of clients from the insurance, retail and charities sectors. Also regularly advises clients from the financial services sector.

Strengths Sources state: "They offer a high level of service but do not charge the earth. They are a great choice for any client looking for stellar service but without the price tag of larger city firms."

Clients praise the "depth of expertise and ability to cover a wide spectrum of employment issues."

Work highlights Acted for Bluefin in obtaining a springboard injunction to prevent Global Risk Partners from recruiting or approaching any Bluefin staff until an action could be heard to determine the legitimacy of GRP's approaches to Bluefin members of staff.

Provides advice to Starwood Capital Europe Advisers on all internal employment matters and commercial projects.

Significant clients Mastercard, Capco, Arab National Bank, Time, Travelex.

Notable practitioners

Darren Clayton is considered by his clients to be "a superb lawyer who is incredibly professional." He is known for his work on restrictive covenants and team moves.

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Eversheds Sutherland - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly instructed by financial institutions to advise on employment disputes, as well as for day-to-day advice. Also offers highly regarded advice on industrial relations issues. Has additional strength on matters that span multiple jurisdictions and regularly advises on the employment aspects of large transactions.

Strengths Sources say this is "a very strong team, with good national coverage, strength and depth."

The team is "commercial, pragmatic, client-focused and excellent value for money," according to clients.

Work highlights Continued to defend K&K Group AG against an allegation of inducing employees to breach their contracts with their former employer.

Advised John Lewis Partnership on the outsourcing of its delivery and returns functions to Clipper Logistics.

Significant clients Govia Thameslink Railway, JLT, UniCredit, FCA, Expedia.

Notable practitioners

Paul Fontes is best known for contentious employment work, but also advises on non-contentious matter such as restructurings and reorganisations. Clients consider him to be a "very commercial and tactical lawyer."

Practice group head Martin Warren is considered to be "reliable, hard-working, personable, knowledgeable and very useful." He frequently advises large employers on industrial relations matters.

Marc Meryon is head of the firm's industrial relations practice and has a wealth of experience of advising employers on union matters.

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Farrer & Co LLP - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Provides expert advice to employers from the financial, education and sports sectors across the whole gamut of employment law. Also renowned for its work with senior executives, notably advising on severance negotiations and restrictive covenant-related matters. Regularly advises both sets of clients on discrimination, whistle-blowing and dismissal related claims.

Strengths Clients say: "They are good to deal with, professional, friendly and easy to get on with."

Clients praise the "very high standard of client service," and also say that they are "flexible and responsive and provide very nuanced advice."

Work highlights Provides ongoing employment and regulatory advice to Ahli Bank in relation to the introduction of the new Senior Managers and Certification Regime.

Successfully acted for BALPA in its Court of Appeal claim against Jet2. The matter concerns collective bargaining and a union's right to be involved in rostering matters.

Significant clients EY, ANZ, Phillip Clarke, Ian Mikardo High School, Cognita.

Notable practitioners

William Dawson is head of the firm's senior executive practice and regularly advises individuals on appointment and departure-related issues. Sources appreciate that he is "very experienced and precise."

The "absolutely brilliant" David Hunt is described as "very pragmatic and quick to respond" by his clients. He is routinely instructed by those in the financial and education sectors to handle a range of employment matters, particularly redundancies and tribunal litigation.

Rachel Lewis advises employers on a range of issues, including dismissals, redundancies and restructurings. Interviewees note that "clients are delighted with her support."

David Smellie "is absolutely brilliant at senior executive work and one of the nicest people you could meet," according to interviewees. He advises on all aspects of employment law with particular expertise advising educational institutions.

Eleanor Rowswell is described by sources as "very sensible and good with individuals." Her practice is focused on the representation of senior individuals, particularly from the financial sector.

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Fieldfisher - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established team offering advice on both contentious and non-contentious employment law issues, with regular work on restrictive covenants and team moves. Acts for large employers from the retail, leisure and food and drink industries. Also advises public sector clients on sensitive employment matters.

Strengths "Fieldfisher have been very professional and have always made themselves available to support us," reports a client.

Work highlights Continued to provide SABMiller with advice on redundancies, arising from its high-profile merger with Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Advised Sale Rugby Union Football Club on employment matters relating to its acquisition by CorpArq.

Significant clients Air China, Church of England, National Gallery, Cabinet Office, Magnesium Elektron.

Notable practitioners

Richard Kenyon is experienced at advising on a wide range of employment law matters, both contentious and non-contentious. Clients praise his pragmatic approach.

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Fox Williams LLP - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises both City employers and senior executives across all manner of employment law, with a notable reputation for its work on severance negotiations and employment disputes. Strong history of representing individuals in cases of discrimination and whistle-blowing. Draws its clients from a range of sectors including financial services and insurance.

Strengths "They offer 'magic circle' service at a significantly lower cost," reports one client.

Clients say: "They are extremely professional, hardworking and always accessible."

Work highlights Defended Chelsea FC and José Mourinho against claims of constructive unfair dismissal and sex discrimination brought by Dr Eva Carneiro.

Represented James Clarke in his defence of High Court injunction proceedings brought by his former employer Foxtons, in relation to his move to Knight Frank.

Significant clients Global Risk Partners, Crest Nicholson, Blue Planet Group, Nedbank, Oxford Policy Management.

Notable practitioners

Joanna Chatterton is well versed in tribunal litigation matters, often defending financial services and legal services clients against claims of whistle-blowing and discrimination. Sources say: "Joanna is extremely professional and never fails to offer measured advice."

Jane Mann heads the employment group at Fox Williams and is recognised for her representation of employers and employees from the financial services and professional services sectors.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Employment

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What the team is known for Pre-eminent for its work with large employers, particularly from the financial services, in complex employment matters such as remuneration disputes and whistle-blowing allegations. Provides additional expertise in transactional employment issues arising from corporate deals, including industrial relations resulting from M&A activity. Other areas of work include investigations and boardroom disputes.

Strengths Sources say this is a "really excellent employment group," and describe the team as being "an absolute pleasure to work with – very responsive and very nice people."

Clients say: They are absolutely top-quality."

Work highlights Advised the Financial Times on threatened industrial action by the National Union of Journalists in connection with the decision to close its defined benefit pension scheme.

Advised Anheuser-Busch InBev on the employment, pensions and benefits aspects of its £78.4 billion business combination with SABMiller.

Significant clients London Stock Exchange, Deloitte, Blackstone, Poundland Group, Air Products and Chemicals.

Notable practitioners

Caroline Stroud advises large employers on employment litigation and also handles investigations for corporate clients. Sources describe her as "professional, responsive and a very classy lawyer."

Nicholas Squire provides employment law support on corporate transactions and also advises on contentious matters. Clients say: "He understands our needs and tailors his stellar advice very appropriately."

Kathleen Healy is considered a "very good employment lawyer" by sources. She advises corporate clients on a range of matters, including industrial relations issues and restructurings.

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GQ Employment Law - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly experienced boutique employment law firm offering expert advice to large financial services clients and other high-profile organisations. Deep bench of practitioners handles both contentious and non-contentious matters, with marked success in complex litigation. Also adept at handling bonus disputes and team moves. Able to offer cross-border employment advice thanks to its May 2017 link up with Littler Mendelson.

Strengths Sources say: "GQ is a premier outfit among the niche employment law firms, and is a go-to firm for top executives."

Work highlights Represented Fortress Investment Group in a tribunal disability discrimination claim relating to an individual with motor neurone disease.

Continues to act for Airsys in a multimillion-pound High Court action against two senior individuals who left the company to set up in competition.

Significant clients Pantheon, Halyard Health, Nikkei, Dematic.

Notable practitioners

Paul Quain is "commercial and technically impressive," according to his clients. He has particular expertise in handling senior hires and dismissals, team moves, injunctions and TUPE matters. He acts primarily for clients in the financial services sector.

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Our approach 

Since its launch in 2010 by ex-Linklaters lawyers Jon Gilligan and Paul Quain, GQ has grown to a team of 16 lawyers which equals or exceeds the employment law capability of most full-service City firms in size, experience and expertise.

GQ is part of Littler, the world’s largest global employment and labour law practice, with more than 1,300 lawyers in over 75 offices worldwide. Being part of Littler enables the firm to seamlessly provide high quality advice and support across a wide range of international markets and benefit from cutting edge technology, research and knowledge management resources.

GQ’s purpose is to resolve complex employment law issues in a user-friendly and genuinely commercial way. We operate as a premium boutique, combining the benefits of high quality full-service law firms and the flexibility, dynamism and personal service of a smaller firm. 

Principal areas of work

GQ advises on all employment law issues from complex change projects, M&A support, litigation and senior dismissals, to everyday HR queries.

The firm has particular expertise in relation to:

  • High Court litigation relating to restrictive covenants, confidential information, poaching and team moves
  • High-value Employment Tribunal litigation
  • Business restructuring and redundancy programmes
  • Executive/senior employee hiring and firing
  • International HR projects
  • Employment law aspects of M&A transactions, outsourcing, insourcing and off-shoring
  • Pay and bonuses
  • Employee incentives and share schemes

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GQ Employment Law and Littler

GQ is part of Littler, the world’s largest global employment and labour law practice, with more than 1,300 lawyers in over 75 offices worldwide. Being part of Littler enables the firm to seamlessly provide high quality advice and support across a wide range of international markets and benefit from cutting edge technology, research and knowledge management resources.

In the last year, GQ has advised on issues in more than 70 countries. The firm’s clients include large international businesses listed on the world’s leading stock exchanges, many of which previously only engaged large, full-service law firms.





Herbert Smith Freehills - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers a wealth of experience in handling all manner of complex Employment Tribunal matters, and is widely recognised for its strong litigation practice. Regularly advises large employers from the retail sector and the financial services. Also works with employers on industrial relations matters.

Strengths Clients say: "They are a very high-quality team from top to bottom – you don't just get a good partner, but support staff at all levels come in to provide a very high-quality service."

The team demonstrates "excellent technical ability and is extremely responsive and proactive," sources report.

Work highlights Continued to advise Marathon Asset Management LLP on various sets of employment proceedings against one of its founders, Jeremy Hosking, and a number of his associates.

Provided ongoing counsel to Jefferies International in relation to a claim for direct discrimination, discrimination arising from a disability, failure to make reasonable adjustments and harassment brought by a senior executive.

Significant clients PA Consulting, Stagecoach Group, Church Commissioners, Watchstone Group, Imagination Technologies.

Notable practitioners

Peter Frost is renowned for his employment litigation work includes defending clients against both tribunal and High Court actions. Clients describe him as "exceptionally knowledgeable in employment law and technically incredible," and add that he is "one of the best out there."

The "excellent" Andrew Taggart advises employers on senior employee exits and defence of discrimination and whistle-blowing claims, among other areas. Commentators consider him "a class act" and clients praise the clarity of his advice.

Commentators note that Christine Young "shows great insight and provides pragmatic advice that takes account of the commercial side of things." She advises both domestic and international clients on a full range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters.

"Outstanding lawyer" Tim Leaver is praised by sources for his "preternatural understanding of litigation." He advises on a range of employment law matters and regularly provides employment support on corporate transactions.

Department profile by Herbert Smith Freehills

We help our clients with their most challenging and important contentious, transactional and advisory matters combining incisive judgement and cutting-edge technical expertise.

We are the "go-to firm" for complex, high-risk and high-value litigation, particularly in regulated sectors and with a multi-jurisdictional element. We routinely deploy novel and multi-disciplinary strategic analysis to help our clients achieve their objectives and we collaborate with clients, industry bodies and government organisations to help shape the direction and content of future legislation.

Our team has expertise in a broad range of employment issues, in particular where they touch on related areas such as anti-bribery and corruption, competition regulation and trade, corporate governance, data protection, financial services regulation, intellectual property and remuneration and incentives, increasingly on a multi-jurisdictional basis.

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Hogan Lovells - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong employment practice that advises on all manner of sensitive employment law issues. International scope means the team is skilled at handling cross-border employment disputes. Advises a range of clients, including large public companies and banks. Noted for its advice on employment matters relating to corporate transactions.

Strengths An impressed source notes that the team demonstrates "dedication to us as a client," and that "they are easy to do business with."

Work highlights Continued to advise Dell on the employment aspects of a USD3 billion deal to sell its global information services division Dell Services to NTT Data.

Provided ongoing counsel to SABMiller on the employment aspects of its acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Significant clients eBay, Honeywell, Weight Watchers, News Corporation, 3i.

Notable practitioners

Stefan Martin has strong litigation expertise and works regularly with clients in the financial services sector. Sources praise his "great ability to explain complex points simply to clients and to set out his advice accessibly and thoroughly."

Elizabeth Slattery represents financial services clients on a number of employment law matters, including Employment Tribunal claims. Clients say: "She provides invaluable support within challenging timescales, gives clear advice and maintains an approachable front at all times."

Edward Bowyer has particular expertise advising clients on employment-related litigation, but also has notable experience on transactional and general advisory matters. Sources laud him as being "approachable, personable and easy to get along with" and consider him to be an "excellent team player."

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Howard Kennedy LLP - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Undertakes both contentious and non-contentious work for its clients, who predominantly originate from the media, energy and leisure sectors. Experienced at handling senior executive disputes. Capable of advising on cross-border employment issues.

Strengths Sources say: "They are very responsive and they take a commercial approach."

Sources remark that "they are smart, very agile, run good arguments and they are good at bringing things to a conclusion."

Work highlights Handled general employment matters for Foxtons, including the enforcement of restrictive covenants and non-compete clauses.

Engaged to provide general employment advice to ePlus, including advice on providing English law-compliant handbooks and contracts for its UK employees.

Significant clients Gordon Brothers, Glencore, Ballymore Properties, PANDORA Jewellery, Children's Investment Fund.

Notable practitioners

Jane Amphlett is a key contact.

Department profile by Howard Kennedy LLP

With over 100 specialists, Howard Kennedy’s real estate team is one of the largest and most experienced in the UK. As the UK’s property market continues to gather momentum, our capable, experienced and responsive team of real estate experts is here to help you every step of the way.

Working closely with a diverse mix of clients, we make it our business to keep abreast of the changing market conditions and trends affecting real estate in the UK.

Our expertise is wide ranging, which means we can advise on any commercial or residential real estate issue, including planning, construction, tax, finance, investment, portfolio management, plot sales and disputes. Our client base is also diverse: FTSE 100 companies, national retail and leisure chains, investors, lenders, property entrepreneurs, individual property buyers, and restaurant and leisure entities – anyone who is involved in buying, selling or leasing real estate.

Many of our clients are household names – organisations such as Berkeley Group, Pizza Hut, Pandora, Galliard Homes and Doubletree by Hilton. Some of these relationships go back decades and some are just beginning. Large or small, whether you came to us 25 years ago or yesterday, one principle guides all of our client relationships: our commitment to delivering a commercial responsive and cost effective service.


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Kemp Little LLP - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly skilled team that focuses on advising technology companies on their employment needs. Handles a range of matters including restrictive covenant enforcement, outsourcings and team moves. Also known for advising aviation and digital media clients.

Strengths Sources say: "They take the time to understand their client's business and work as part of the team to ensure the best outcomes."

Work highlights Continued to provide BA with advice on claims brought by the pilots’ union BALPA on behalf of over 100 of its members who are former employees of bmibaby, a business acquired and mothballed by BA in 2012.

Provided ongoing advice to Japan Airlines on a range of employment maters, including issues concerning holiday pay, changes to remuneration and working time, drafting of a new staff handbook and dealing with grievances.

Significant clients Accenture, Lloyd's, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, Western Digital, Buzzfeed.

Notable practitioners

Marian Bloodworth focuses on advising financial services clients on matters including regulatory issues and whistle-blowing claims. Sources regard her as "an excellent lawyer with very sound judgements and good tactical acumen."

David Williams is "pragmatic, commercial and absolutely dedicated to ensuring his advice is the best it can be," say clients. His work ranges from advice on TUPE and outsourcing to defence of holiday pay and discrimination claims.

Kathryn Dooks frequently counsels clients in the aviation, digital media and financial services sectors on employment law matters. Clients say: "She is very good at guiding us through a case while at the same time giving good and pragmatic legal advice."

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Kennedys - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid practice recognised for its expertise in the rail sector and for its ability on industry-critical industrial relations matters. Also serves insurance and aviation sector clients, supporting them on all manner of employment issues. Often advises on whistle-blowing, discrimination and restrictive covenant matters.

Strengths "They are very much a leading firm on strikes and industrial disputes," sources report.

Clients say: "They have always been very practical in their advice and also very approachable and very down to earth."

Work highlights Assisted Chubb USA and its US-based insured, DentalEZ, in the defence of a claim of unfair dismissal and disability discrimination brought by a former employee of its UK subsidiary.

Continued to act for Virgin Trains in a variety of employment and industrial relations matters.

Significant clients AIG, TNT Airways, JTL, Sheffield United FC, East Midland Trains.

Notable practitioners

Matthew Leake has a broad practice advising clients in the rail, sports and media sectors on TUPE, reorganisations and industrial relations matters. Clients say: "Matthew has a very approachable style and is very pragmatic in his advice and recommendations."

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Kingsley Napley LLP - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises both employers and employees on a wide range of employment work. Adept at handling contentious issues, with the team regularly advising on litigation in the High Court and Employment Tribunals. Regularly sought out by financial institutions and clients from the professional services. Notable experience working on cross-border matters.

Strengths Clients say: "They are always thorough and professional in every aspect."

Significant clients RSM UK, iDirect, Chief Police Officers Staff Association, Augustus Martin, Whitehouse Post Productions.

Notable practitioners

Richard Fox acts for both senior executives and employers, particularly in the financial services sector. Sources say he is "sensible, commercial and gets things done without letting ego get in the way," and that "he is somebody you could trust to act in your best interests."

Adrian Crawford is particularly active in the financial services sector and has experience handling litigation in the High Court and Employment Tribunal. Sources consider him to be "a very knowledgeable employment lawyer," and describe him as "solid, dependable and reliable."

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Latham & Watkins - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises on the employment issues related to large transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and restructurings. Adept at handling complex cross-jurisdictional matters for international employers. Additional strength on contentious work, especially regarding restrictive covenant enforcement. Clients primarily hail from the financial services and pharmaceutical sectors.

Strengths A client says: "What I like best is that Latham & Watkins speak as if they are part of our company, which make us feel like one big team."

Another notes: "The whole team has a target-oriented style and was able and willing to listen to our requests."

Work highlights Advised Sienna Biopharmaceuticals on all employment aspects of its purchase of Creabilis, including negotiating share purchase agreements and new service contracts with senior management.

Provided advice to Acco Brands on the employment aspects of its acquisition of Esselte Group Holdings.

Significant clients Aon, Thomas Cook, Manchester United, Cooper Vision, Bit9.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Brown specialises in transactional employment law, acting for a range of clients including large private equity groups.

Catherine Drinnan "has an incredible talent for getting to the core issues and explaining them in a very approachable and easy-to-digest manner," according to clients. She advises clients from the pharmaceutical sector, among others, on a full range of employment issues.

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Lewis Silkin LLP - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 32 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised for its work for both employers and senior executives in the financial services, retail, advertising, technology and professional services sectors. The firm boasts a deep bench of experienced practitioners who routinely act for clients on TUPE, discrimination and restrictive covenants matters. Recent work has included advising 'gig economy' employers on matters relating to worker status.

Strengths Sources say: "Client service is clearly a priority," and add that "they are very commercial and great value for money."

"The team is a real market leader; they are very knowledgeable, have huge strength in depth and offer very good value for money compared to other firms," notes a client.

Work highlights Provided ongoing advice to Deliveroo in relation to worker status issues.

Advised Gerald Eve LLP on a series of transactions to acquire five national teams of professionals from Deloitte Real Estate.

Significant clients Ford, ASOS, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, VTB Capital, Western Union.

Notable practitioners

Michael Burd regularly advises professional services, financial services and law firm clients on employment disputes. Clients appreciate his "huge experience and depth of knowledge."

Toni Lorenzo is described by sources as an "injunction supremo," and is considered to be "an excellent and master practitioner" in such cases. He also assists clients with other types of employment litigation including whistleblowing claims.

James Davies is a highly experienced employment lawyer who represents clients in discrimination claims, among other things. Clients say he is "exceptionally easy to work with" and is "creative in his legal solutions and advice."

Ellen Temperton acts for employer clients and is recognised for her data protection and workplace privacy work. Sources are quick to praise her calm demeanour.

Nicholas Hadaway advises on a range of employment law issues with a focus on senior executive representation. Sources say he is "brilliant" and "happy to fight the most aggressive of bosses for his clients."

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Linklaters - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for High-quality advisory work for an international client base, combined with renowned strength in employment litigation. Advises clients on remuneration regulations and senior executive exits, with experience acting in high-value Employment Tribunal and High Court cases. Has an enviable roster of clients from the financial services sector.

Strengths Clients say: "They are really responsive, practical and helpful."

"The guidance and advice is always in line with what is important to the business. It's such peace of mind to know that they'll always be able to assist regardless of the query," clients add.

Work highlights Advised Glencore in the Court of Appeal in a significant bonus claim from a former executive arising out of the multibillion-pound Glencore Xstrata merger.

Provided employment advice to AXA in relation to the separation of its UK integrated life insurance operations into three separate free-standing businesses and the subsequent sale of these businesses to three separate buyers. This involved advice on TUPE transfers and the planning and implementation of collective redundancies.

Significant clients Commerzbank, HSBC, Balfour Beatty, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Notable practitioners

Nicola Rabson is regarded as "very bright and very good with financial services clients." She is best known for her employment litigation and whistle-blowing work and has experience advising on boardroom disputes.

Jean Lovett has experience advising clients from the financial services sector and public companies on transactional employment law. Sources say that "she is great at any aspect of employment relating to a deal."

David Speakman has a wide-reaching practice with a particular focus on employment litigation for financial services clients. "He is really excellent – knowledgeable, able to turn things around and makes himself available," clients note.

Jillian Naylor has experience of both contentious and non-contentious matters and frequently handles transactional employment law and tribunal claims.

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Macfarlanes LLP - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for employers across the whole spectrum of employment law, with specific strength on litigation and regulatory matters for financial services clients. Knowledge of partnership law strengthens the practice as the team can advise on issues where employment and partnership law intersect. Offers additional expertise on the employment aspects of corporate transactions.

Strengths "The team is professional, credible and collaborative – and enjoyable to work with," clients note.

Sources say: "They are exceptionally capable and impressive."

Significant clients Red Bull Formula 1, Legal & General Group, Schroders, Liontrust Asset Management, Omnicom Group.

Notable practitioners

Seán Lavin advises clients on employment litigation and on transactional employment issues. Sources praise his "commercial, practical and sound" advice.

Hayley Robinson assists employers with a wide range of employment law matters, including redundancy processes, TUPE issues and transactional employment law. Clients say she offers "good, sound, practical advice," and remark that "it was a real sigh of relief to have someone as competent as Hayley supporting us."

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Mayer Brown International LLP - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Deep knowledge and experience in assisting high-profile companies with complex contentious and non-contentious employment issues. Able to handle cross-jurisdictional employment issues for its international clientele.

Strengths Sources say: "The client service is extremely professional."

Work highlights Continues to advice Union Bank and UBN in litigation concerning a secondee who was dismissed for refusing to return to her original place of employment.

Significant clients Marsh, Kleeneze, Unilever, HSBC, Jardine Group.

Notable practitioners

"Excellent technical lawyer" Nicholas Robertson regularly advises employers on the recruitment and departure of senior employees, and also trade union issues. Clients say he is "very commercial, very experienced and gives sage advice."

Christopher Fisher is recognised for his advice on non-contentious matters such as team moves and restructurings, but also has notable experience defending discrimination and unfair dismissal claims in the employment tribunal. Clients say that "he is commercial, understands our business, is accessible and is a pleasure to work with."

Senior associate Miriam Bruce is experienced at handling a range of employment law matters for clients in the financial services, retail and manufacturing sectors. She is noted as being "highly responsive, practical, sensible and always clear and straightforward."

Department profile by Mayer Brown International LLP

Our multidisciplinary group offers sophisticated solutions to the most complex employment and benefits related issues facing our clients. Our clients are among the largest businesses in the world with members of the Fortune 500, FTSE 100, DAX and Hang Seng frequently seeking our counsel on employment law and benefits strategies across the myriad regulatory environments in which they may find themselves. Our lawyers have extensive worldwide experience in the following areas:
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Employment Litigation and Counseling
Equity & Incentive Plans
ERISA Fiduciary
ERISA Litigation
Executive Compensation
Global Mobility & Migration
Pensions
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Mishcon de Reya LLP - Employment

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly skilled team acting for both employers and senior executives across all aspects of employment law. Provides employers with day-to-day support as well as advice on complex litigation cases. Particularly recognised for its work on senior exits. Also regularly chosen to advise other law firms on internal employment issues.

Strengths Sources report that "they provide great client service and are innovative in the way that they both reach out and support you as a client."

Commentators add: "They are one of the go-to firms and are regarded as one of the leaders in their field."

Work highlights Acted for Pimlico Plumbers on its long-running dispute with a plumber relating to worker status.

Acted for the former managing director of Fortress Investment on his disability discrimination claim against the investment firm.

Significant clients Sir Elton John and Rocket Entertainment, Expedia, Harrods, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Warner Music Group.

Notable practitioners

Joanna Blackburn acts for both employer and senior executive clients on work including litigation, terminations and restrictive covenant enforcement. Sources say she is "excellent, responsive and thoughtful."

Sarah Keeble represents clients from the financial services sector on a range of employment matters, including reorganisations and executive disputes. Commentators regard her as "very good, sharp and quick."

Daniel Naftalin advises on both contentious and non-contentious employment matters for both senior individuals and employer clients. Clients describe him as "superb" and praise his "thoughtful and timely advice."

Jennifer Millins is noted by sources for her ability to "fight hard and go the extra mile for clients." She is known for handling contentious employment matters and has substantial experience in High Court litigation.

Department profile by Mishcon de Reya LLP

The team at Mishcon de Reya manages the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment law. We are experienced in managing complex, high profile and high stake situations, acting at the highest level for both organisations and senior executives. As a result we have a unique understanding of tactics deployed by both sides and a balanced understanding of the issues involved.

We offer expert advice in the following areas:

— HR Advisory and Contractual Documentation
— Employment Disputes
— Redundancy and Restructuring
— Transactional Support and TUPE
— Team Moves and Restrictive Covenants
— Incentives
— Business Immigration

We act as a trusted advisor to our clients, working with them to build their businesses via restructures, mergers or acquisitions; and to defend against claims, resolve disputes and manage investigations and litigation. We frequently advise on large scale strategic projects, executive remuneration, incentives and business immigration. We have significant experience dealing with the complexities of LLPs and the issues that affect their members.

We also work with Senior Executives, CEOs and Non-Executive Directors, across all sectors, from finance and banking to sport, to manage their personal employment law needs. This ranges from negotiating the terms on which they enter or exit employment, to resolving disputes, or representing them in regulatory investigations and proceedings (such as LIBOR).

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Employment

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly advises large corporates from the technology, transport and energy sectors on a wide range of employment issues. Significant experience handling contentious matters, with notable work on whistle-blowing and discrimination claims. Recent work has included advising on new employment-related regulations affecting the financial services sector.

Work highlights Advised BP on the employment law aspects of its transaction with Det Norske to create Aker BP ASA, a Norway-based oil and gas producer.

Advised Willis Lease Finance Corporation on the employment aspects of the purchase of the consulting and asset management business of TES Aviation Group.

Significant clients McLaren, Royal Bank of Canada, BMW, Domtar, Pfizer.

Notable practitioners

Paul Griffin is noted for the strength of his employment litigation work, particularly when advising technology, energy and financial services clients. Clients consider him to be "responsive, helpful, pragmatic and knowledgeable."

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Osborne Clarke LLP - Employment

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Experienced team that works with clients in the technology, media and financial sectors. Advises clients on issues involving reputational risk including complex discrimination and whistle-blowing cases. Able to leverage its international presence to handle cross-border matters.

Strengths Clients say: Their technical competence combined with commercial and practical advice are stand out attributes," adding: "The team has a client service mentality and a responsiveness which are very impressive."

Others comment: "They are competent, professional, flexible and have great customer service."

Work highlights Advised Excel Group Services on an employment status claim being brought by one of its bike couriers.

Continues to provide ongoing EMEA employment advice to Yahoo! in relation to its acquisition by Verizon.

Significant clients Standard Chartered Bank, Eurostar, Manpower, Silicon Valley Bank, Nomura International.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" David Cubitt has experience in a wide range of areas such as whistle-blowing, bonus claims and discrimination. Clients remark: "His years of experience and easy manner give him the gravitas and communication skills needed to be the complete employment law package."

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Reed Smith LLP - Employment

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Sector specialisms in media and financial services, advising on everything from Equality Act compliance to outsourcing and restrictive covenants. Able to handle multi-jurisdictional projects. Also has experience handling both Employment Tribunal and High Court disputes.

Strengths Clients say: "What stands out is the very practical and timely advice, flexible and innovative approach to fee arrangements and excellent project management skills."

Clients describe the employment team as "slick, responsive and pragmatic."

Work highlights Provided ongoing counsel to BT on the employment aspects of two major outsourcing deals with Royal Mail and Banc Sabadell.

Continued to advise Channel 4 on the application of the Equality Act to talent selection decisions and initiatives introduced to improve representation of underrepresented groups in broadcasting.

Significant clients Nokia, RBS, NBCUniversal, Wells Fargo, Alibaba.

Notable practitioners

Robin Jeffcott handles all manner of employment issues but focuses his practice on disputes, particularly regarding team moves and the enforcement of restrictive covenants. Clients report that "his response times are excellent and he always make sure he gets to the nub of issues quickly."

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Simmons & Simmons LLP - Employment

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading employment law practice that advises employers across a wide range of issues, with strengths in complex litigation and transactional support. Also assists clients with the full spectrum of advisory matters, with recent work in relation to investigations and disciplinaries. Provides a deep bench of skilled lawyers who are highly experienced in acting for high-profile clients from the financial services sector, especially investment banks, hedge funds and asset managers.

Strengths Clients say: "They have a strong team in terms of depth – all the partners and associates are of high quality."

Others say that the team is made up of "excellent commercial lawyers."

Work highlights Acted for Balyasny European Asset Management in the Employment Tribunal in defence of claims of unlawful dismissal, discrimination and harassment brought by a former employee.

Continues to advise Visa Europe on employment issues arising out of its reintegration with Visa.

Significant clients BlueCrest, Société Générale, Jefferies, Mizuho, Alliance Bernstein.

Notable practitioners

Julian Taylor is known for his strength advising financial services clients on restructurings, reorganisations and employee relations issues. Clients say: "He is absolutely terrific," adding that "he provides Rolls-Royce service and his judgement is spot-on."

Mark Hewland frequently works with clients from the financial sector on both contentious and non-contentious matters. He also has experience advising on collective labour law issues.

Philip Bartlett acts for financial services clients on both contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, including terminations and whistle-blowing. One client notes that "Philip is really into the issues we face, into the detail and willing to discuss things."

Vicky Wickremeratne comes highly recommended by sources who say she is "on the ball and responsive," and that "she knows her stuff from a legal perspective but also thinks of the commercial side and is aware of the pressures an organisation might face." She advises financial services clients on a full range of employment matters.

Audrey Williams joined the team in May 2017 from Fox Williams. She advises clients on discrimination, equal pay and diversity and inclusion matters. Sources describe her as "excellent" and praise her "outstanding level of knowledge and professionalism."

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Squire Patton Boggs - Employment

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Adept at handling global workforce transformation projects and large cross-border employment disputes. Also advises on complex litigation matters including discrimination claims and restrictive covenant disputes, as well as on internal employee investigations. Clients hail from a range of industries, including retail, distribution and healthcare.

Strengths Clients say: "They are very professional, while at the same time approachable."

Clients appreciate the firm's ability to "provide top-quality service in a cost-efficient way."

Work highlights Advised Ashland on the employment aspects of the separation of one of its three core business streams, Valvoline, from the main company. This involved the management and co-ordination of the employee transfer process.

Provided ongoing employment law counsel to Low & Bonar in relation to the £23 million sale of its artificial grass yarns production business to the Mattex Group.

Significant clients Coats, Marriott Hotels, Polypipe, WWP, AKQA.

Notable practitioners

David Whincup advises clients from a number of sectors on both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Clients say practice head Caroline Noblet is "very personable, very knowledgeable and gets to the heart of the matter very quickly." She has deep experience and is recognised for her advice on cross-border employment law matters.

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Stephenson Harwood LLP - Employment

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for both employers and senior executives on all types of employment law matters. Extensive litigation experience, as well as knowledge of non-contentious issues, especially TUPE matters. Notable expertise on employment law issues arising out of the rail industry.

Strengths Sources say: "They are technically very knowledgeable, incredibly organised and attentive to detail, and take a great deal of care with clients."

Clients praise the "combination of insightful, informed analysis and a commercial focus of efficient solutions."

Work highlights Provided ongoing advice to Arriva on the employment law aspects of its successful bid to take over the London Overground concession.

Continued to advise Thomson Reuters on UK and international employment law issues including employee exits.

Significant clients CF Partners, KBC Bank, EasyHotel, Baker Tilly Group, Fike.

Notable practitioners

Kate Brearley is recognised for her work on restrictive covenants and handling of employment-related disputes. Sources say that "she is a pleasure to work with," adding: "She has a combination of in-depth employment knowledge, pragmatism and quick turn-around times, and she is always approachable."

Clients say Anne Pritam "offers practical solutions and clearly describes the associated risks." She offers a range of employment advice to clients from a multitude of industries, including professional services, financial services and transport.

Paul Reeves handles a wide range of contentions and non-contentious employment law matters, including dismissals and internal investigations. Sources say: "He has a solid grasp of the law and he thinks strategically and tactically." He regularly works with clients in the financial sector.

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Taylor Wessing LLP - Employment

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What the team is known for Advises large employers from the technology and financial services sectors. Adept at handling highly complex litigation in both the Employment Tribunal and the High Court. Also known for its capabilities advising clients in the life sciences sector.

Strengths Clients say the team provides "excellent customer service, impeccable advice and good value for money."

Sources say: "The team overall is very strong – it is one of the leading practices for international companies doing business in London."

Work highlights Advised News Corporation on the employment aspects of its purchase of Wireless Group.

Acted for easyJet in defence of two class action suits brought by easyJet pilots and their union, and easyJet cabin crew. The claims relate to holiday pay and industrial relations strategy.

Significant clients Fabrinet, Macmillan Publishers, Leanworks, Yuno Juno, Gulf Keystone Petroleum.

Notable practitioners

Sean Nesbitt is considered by sources to be "a really innovative lawyer who knows how to read the legal market." He is known for his representation of clients in the financial services sector and for his expertise on issues of insolvency and whistle-blowing.

Paul Callaghan has a broad employment practice which involves advising clients from the life sciences, technology and retail sectors. One impressed source says: "Paul is very knowledgeable and is very quick to understand the issues that may affect us."

Andrew Granger is well known in the employment law sphere for his work with high-end clients and advice on restructuring, recruitment and employment litigation matters. Clients say he is "technically very knowledgeable" and praise his "high-quality service."

Department profile by Taylor Wessing LLP

We are lawyers who understand the world of human resources, both in the UK and internationally. We are used to dealing with internationally based businesses in relation to both their UK needs and large scale multi-jurisdictional projects. We tackle people problems creatively from every angle. We know that employment issues are often the most delicate and important the business will face. We ensure that we understand your business needs and apply the law pragmatically and commercially.


The employment team has a significant experience in advising both large and small employers across a wide range of sectors including the technology, life sciences, retail, consumer goods and luxury brands sectors. Our experience means we can offer you flexible solutions to issues affecting personnel today and tomorrow.


We offer a number of fixed fee and market leading technology assisted products to give you both certainty of legal spend and to reduce the amount of time you need to spend on employment issues.
Taylor Wessing has in recent years established itself as a leader in relation to gig economy issues. Sean Nesbitt, Head of the international Employment, Pensions & Mobility group, is a regular commentator on television, radio and has made a number of press appearances in relation to the recent Uber case and similar cases, presenting on the future of work relationships to the Employment Law Bar Association.

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Travers Smith LLP - Employment

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established employment team that assists clients with both contentious and non-contentious employment issues. Advises large multinational employers as well as smaller private and public companies. Has demonstrable experience acting for mid-market financial services clients. Also provides transactional employment support to the firm's corporate clients.

Strengths Clients praise the team's "personable, friendly and approachable style."

Sources say the lawyers are "strategically aware, business-focused and willing to work very hard."

Work highlights Assisted Teva with all employment matters, including advice on TUPE, in relation to its acquisition of Actavis in the UK.

Provided advice on employment to Micro Focus on its proposed USD8.8 billion merger with Hewlett-Packard's software business segment.

Significant clients AIG, Metro Bank, Brewin Dolphin, Lenovo, Virgin Active.

Notable practitioners

Siân Keall advises on a wide range of employment matters, with a particular focus on discrimination claims. She is described as "responsive and professional," and is praised for providing practical advice that is tailored to her clients.

Tim Gilbert is well regarded for his TUPE and employment litigation work. Sources say that "he is approachable, calm and focused on outcomes that make business sense," adding: "Thinking and acting strategically comes naturally to him."

Sources note that Ed Mills "is really good at helping you to navigate and manage risk appropriately." His expertise covers both contentious and non-contentious employment law, with recent work including advising on the HR aspects of corporate transactions.

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Trowers & Hamlins LLP - Employment

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Specialist knowledge of providing social housing and third sector clients with high-quality employment law advice. Especially recognised for its TUPE expertise and ability to handle potentially volatile trade union issues. Recent work includes assisting with reorganisations and mergers.

Strengths "They are professional, courteous, reactive to our needs and provide a great service that is commercial and takes account of our attitude to risk," according to a client.

Another describes the team as "expert, authoritative and commercial."

Work highlights Helped Octavia Housing successfully defend multiple claims of sexual harassment, victimisation, unfair dismissal and breach of contract brought by a former employee.

Provided ongoing counsel to West Kent Housing Association on TUPE matters, including its applicability to youth work contracts.

Significant clients Scope, East Thames Housing Group, Stonewater, Clarion Housing Group, National Autistic Society.

Notable practitioners

Emma Burrows is head of the employment department at the firm. She is a specialist in TUPE matters and provides advice to housing associations and charitable organisations. Clients say: "She is razor-sharp but disarmingly pleasant with it, and appears to have an instinctive feel for the best way to achieve your preferred outcome."

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Eminent Practitioner

Lewis Silkin LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

James Davies is a highly experienced employment lawyer who represents clients in discrimination claims, among other things. Clients say he is "exceptionally easy to work with" and is "creative in his legal solutions and advice."

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Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Lisa Mayhew is the firm's managing partner. She has experience working with clients in the retail sector and is also known for her expertise on financial services regulation.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers UK guide

John Evason is recommended for his expertise on a range of employment matters, including industrial relations, boardroom disputes, terminations and injunctions. Sources say he is "very good with clients, practical and commercial."

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers UK guide

Peter Frost is renowned for his employment litigation work includes defending clients against both tribunal and High Court actions. Clients describe him as "exceptionally knowledgeable in employment law and technically incredible," and add that he is "one of the best out there."

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Rebecca Harding-Hill

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Rebecca Harding-Hill has "a commercial, practical and sensible approach" and "an exceptional ability to advise on complex employment issues," according to clients. She specialises in litigation involving claims of discrimination and whistle-blowing.

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Monica Kurnatowska

Baker McKenzie

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Monica Kurnatowska is regarded as "very good technically" by commentators, while clients say she is "incisive and responsive." She is known for her strength in handing employment matters for clients in the financial services industry.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Mansell is well regarded for his experience of domestic and cross-border employment issues, and for his expertise in areas such as restrictive covenants and transactional matters. Commentators consider him to be "very commercial and good to deal with," and clients describe him as "an excellent lawyer."

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Linklaters

From the Chambers UK guide

Nicola Rabson is regarded as "very bright and very good with financial services clients." She is best known for her employment litigation and whistle-blowing work and has experience advising on boardroom disputes.

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Nicholas Robertson

Mayer Brown International LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

"Excellent technical lawyer" Nicholas Robertson regularly advises employers on the recruitment and departure of senior employees, and also trade union issues. Clients say he is "very commercial, very experienced and gives sage advice."

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Karen Seward is highly regarded for her handling of employment-related litigation and disputes, particularly for leading global investment banks. Sources describe her as "first-class" and add that she is a "highly strategic, excellent lawyer."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Nicholas Squire provides employment law support on corporate transactions and also advises on contentious matters. Clients say: "He understands our needs and tailors his stellar advice very appropriately."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Caroline Stroud advises large employers on employment litigation and also handles investigations for corporate clients. Sources describe her as "professional, responsive and a very classy lawyer."

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Julian Taylor is known for his strength advising financial services clients on restructurings, reorganisations and employee relations issues. Clients say: "He is absolutely terrific," adding that "he provides Rolls-Royce service and his judgement is spot-on."

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Mishcon de Reya LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Joanna Blackburn acts for both employer and senior executive clients on work including litigation, terminations and restrictive covenant enforcement. Sources say she is "excellent, responsive and thoughtful."

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Lewis Silkin LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Burd regularly advises professional services, financial services and law firm clients on employment disputes. Clients appreciate his "huge experience and depth of knowledge."

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jason Butwick advises household names in the financial services sector on contentious and non-contentious employment law matters. Clients say: "Jason has a unique way of cutting through the noise to get to the bottom of an issue quickly."

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Osborne Clarke LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "excellent" David Cubitt has experience in a wide range of areas such as whistle-blowing, bonus claims and discrimination. Clients remark: "His years of experience and easy manner give him the gravitas and communication skills needed to be the complete employment law package."

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CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Anthony Fincham advises clients in the financial and professional services sectors on a range of employment law matters, including disputes. Sources say that "he is very calm, very clear, has a really deep knowledge of employment law and is a valued strategic adviser."

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Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Fontes is best known for contentious employment work, but also advises on non-contentious matter such as restructurings and reorganisations. Clients consider him to be a "very commercial and tactical lawyer."

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Christopher Goodwill

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Christopher Goodwill has experience of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues and acts for leading financial institutions and multinational corporations. Sources describe him as "an outstanding professional, who is credible and always available at short notice."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Kathleen Healy is considered a "very good employment lawyer" by sources. She advises corporate clients on a range of matters, including industrial relations issues and restructurings.

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Macfarlanes LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Seán Lavin advises clients on employment litigation and on transactional employment issues. Sources praise his "commercial, practical and sound" advice.

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Lewis Silkin LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Toni Lorenzo is described by sources as an "injunction supremo," and is considered to be "an excellent and master practitioner" in such cases. He also assists clients with other types of employment litigation including whistleblowing claims.

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers UK guide

The "excellent" Andrew Taggart advises employers on senior employee exits and defence of discrimination and whistle-blowing claims, among other areas. Commentators consider him "a class act" and clients praise the clarity of his advice.

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CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

The "excellent" Catherine Taylor is widely respected for her employment litigation practice. Impressed sources describe her as "fierce, analytical and always on the ball." Her clients primarily hail from the financial, technology and media sectors.

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Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers UK guide

Practice group head Martin Warren is considered to be "reliable, hard-working, personable, knowledgeable and very useful." He frequently advises large employers on industrial relations matters.

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Charles Wynn-Evans

Dechert LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Charles Wynn-Evans is particularly recognised for handling TUPE matters and both tribunal and High Court employment litigation. Clients consider him to be "hugely knowledgeable and experienced," and appreciate his "sensible and pragmatic advice."

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Marian Bloodworth

Kemp Little LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Marian Bloodworth focuses on advising financial services clients on matters including regulatory issues and whistle-blowing claims. Sources regard her as "an excellent lawyer with very sound judgements and good tactical acumen."

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Stephenson Harwood LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Kate Brearley is recognised for her work on restrictive covenants and handling of employment-related disputes. Sources say that "she is a pleasure to work with," adding: "She has a combination of in-depth employment knowledge, pragmatism and quick turn-around times, and she is always approachable."

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DWF LLP

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Helga Breen of DWF LLP is considered to be "very client-focused and very professional" by her clients. She regularly represents employers in both contentious and non-contentious matters such as team moves and dismissals.

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Trowers & Hamlins LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Emma Burrows is head of the employment department at the firm. She is a specialist in TUPE matters and provides advice to housing associations and charitable organisations. Clients say: "She is razor-sharp but disarmingly pleasant with it, and appears to have an instinctive feel for the best way to achieve your preferred outcome."

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