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Employment: Senior Executive — London (Firms)


Bates Wells Braithwaite - Employment

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

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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Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP - Employment

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

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

What the team is known for Renowned boutique employment law firm that represents senior executives and individuals from financial service groups in all manner of disputes and issues. Significant experience of handling high-profile cases, with expertise in restrictive covenants and severance issues as well as in relation to whistle-blowing and sex and race-based discrimination claims. Also acts for doctors, lawyers and consultants.

Strengths "They're one of the leading boutique claimant employment firms and they're in a league of their own in terms of the small outfits. They offer phenomenal client service and they're incredibly commercial," states one source.

Clients praise the "very efficient, prompt, clear guidance" they receive.

Work highlights Acted for a senior employment lawyer in claims of discrimination relating to pregnancy and maternity, racism and whistle-blowing.

Represented a senior individual in remuneration negotiations relating to his move from Goldman Sachs to BNP Paribas.

Notable practitioners

Gareth Brahams has extensive knowledge of senior executive-related matters, with particular expertise handling whistle-blowing, discrimination and dismissal claims. Sources praise his "tactical advice" and say that he is "an out-and-out litigator who gets results."

Sources praise Arpita Dutt for being "very professional and knowledgeable." She is known for her work on discrimination and whistle-blowing claims in the financial services sector.

Alistair French has extensive experience representing senior individuals against financial institutions. Clients state: "He knows his subject area extremely well and supports this by providing well thought through advice and measured arguments."

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CM Murray LLP - Employment

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Leading senior executives-focused firm, with notable expertise in whistle-blowing, discrimination claims, and restrictive covenants and their enforcement. Acts for clients from a range of sectors including technology and the financial services. Also has expertise in dealing with cross-border employment law issues.

Strengths "The firm is very human. They demystify employment law and bring it down to a practical human level," notes one client.

Another adds: "They were thorough and thoughtful and it was an excellent experience all around."

Work highlights Continued to act for a former employee of a Russian investment bank in a second Employment Tribunal claim against the bank for sex discrimination and victimisation.

Notable practitioners

According to clients, Clare Murray "is incredibly professional and paints a combination of the legal picture and the reality of what is attainable." She is known for her representation of senior executives in cross-border matters, particularly relating to the USA.

The "excellent" Anna Birtwistle offers expertise in discrimination and whistle-blowing claims. Clients praise her responsiveness and describe her as "very thorough."

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Doyle Clayton - Employment

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

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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Edwin Coe LLP - Employment

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

What the team is known for Advises both employers and employees, with a focus on contentious issues. Noted for its handling of discrimination and whistle-blowing claims and for representing senior executives from the financial services and insurance sectors. Also advises on day-to-day employment matters and transaction-related employment issues.

Strengths "The team is well staffed with qualified, experienced and knowledgeable individuals who work well together. They are professional, polite and truly care about their clients," sources report.

Clients say that "the service they gave was impeccable in all aspects."

Notable practitioners

Rachel Harrap advises employers and senior executives on a wide range of employment law matters, including restrictive covenants and dismissal claims. Clients say: "Rachel always gives very practical advise and will go the extra mile to make sure she is always available when needed."

Linky Trott is known for her work with senior individuals and employers, particularly in relation to restrictive covenants. She is praised by her clients as being "efficient, proactive and sensible with costs."

Department profile by Edwin Coe LLP

Strategic employment advice is a key contributor to any business and assists in planning and decision-making. Employees are a valuable asset and the ever-changing environment of employment law means it is vitally important that employers stay abreast of changes and understand their full impact.

At Edwin Coe our employment lawyers recognise the need for timely commercial advice and solutions to employment law issues. We provide a value-for-money, partner-led service, and our specialist team of employment lawyers advise companies, senior executives and individuals on all contentious and non-contentious employment and partnership matters.

As experts in employment law, we work with our clients to resolve their employment issues and have Employment Tribunal and High Court experience.

Our clients include large multinationals, start-ups, SMEs, senior executives, individuals and insolvency practitioners. We also work with global clients and have a full understanding of cross-border and cultural issues. Above all, we work with our clients in strictest confidence, to facilitate solutions and achieve their objectives whilst providing a clear and competitive cost structure.

For further information please see www.edwincoe.com/our-expertise/employment/

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We are a London-based law firm with vast experience of working within the international arena. Our international clients include public and private companies, sovereign states, charities, unincorporated associations, and private individuals. Many of our partners offer the experience that comes with a ‘big firm’ background at a fraction of the cost, making us a popular choice for large multinationals.

We offer full service support to UK subsidiaries of foreign parent companies and provide clients based overseas with a full range of legal services.

International Network

We are the UK member of Ally Law, a group of 60+ independent law firms and 2300+ professionals in 40+ countries who provide comprehensive legal services to companies worldwide.


Farrer & Co LLP - 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 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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Fox & Partners - Employment

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

What the team is known for Boutique employment law firm offering expert advice to senior executives, with noted work on restrictive covenants and boardroom disputes. Regularly instructed by high-profile individuals from the financial and professional services sectors. Also capable of advising employer clients.

Strengths Clients say the firm provides "great client service," and describe the lawyers as "professional, transparent and strong."

"The technical advice I received was clear and concise, and the pragmatic advice was invaluable," one client notes.

Notable practitioners

Ronnie Fox commands a strong reputation for his work on senior executive departures and restrictive covenant matters. Sources consider him to be "incredibly expert, clear and strategic."

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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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Harbottle & Lewis LLP - Employment

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

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

What the team is known for Advises high-profile individuals from the creative media, theatre and entertainment industries. Experience in sophisticated Employment Tribunal cases related to discrimination, workplace bullying and wrongful dismissal. Also acts for media employers in non-contentious employment issues. Has additional experience advising senior individuals from the financial and legal industries on claims against employers.

Strengths Clients say the team provides "excellent support and advice," and that the lawyers are "very quick to respond and detailed and thorough in their approach."

Sources describe the team as "very professional, efficient and supportive."

Work highlights Acted for an investment bank employee in negotiating a settlement relating to claims against the bank concerning physical and psychological illness.

Advised a senior associate at a magic circle law firm on a claim for damages for psychiatric injury and chronic fatigue syndrome caused by negligence, breach of contract and breach of statutory duty by the firm.

Notable practitioners

Howard Hymanson stands out for his expertise as an employment litigator. He is praised for his ability to "give direct and pragmatic advice, rather than tell clients what they want to hear."

Yvonne Gallagher is "sensible, pragmatic and has the ability to calm situations down," according to sources. She acts for clients in the media, technology and financial services sectors and has experience handling TUPE issues and boardroom disputes.

Department profile by Harbottle & Lewis LLP

The Harbottle & Lewis Employment group has a wide ranging and highly regarded expertise reaching far beyond the firm’s traditional strengths.

We have a market leading practice in advising senior executives on contract and remuneration terms, exit strategies and in negotiating settlement terms as well as litigation. Our client base includes high-profile individuals in creative, media, sporting and technology sectors. We also have a significant presence in advising high-earning individuals in the London Financial Services market.

Additionally, we are gaining a reputation as the go-to firm in the conduct of high value psychiatric illness and bullying at work cases. This very complex and difficult area of law includes advising employees of magic and silver circle law firms commencing proceedings against their employers. It is notable that clients from the legal industry are approaching our team to advise on this issue.

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Kingsley Napley LLP - Employment

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

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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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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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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Slater and Gordon Lawyers - Employment

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

What the team is known for Strong bench of practitioners who have expertise representing employees and senior executives. Renowned for its robust representation of clients in employment tribunals across the country. Active in a range of sectors, including financial services and healthcare.

Strengths Sources say: "They are transparent and approachable, you feel that people care and are all willing to help you."

"They value their clients and have a human touch, which counts for a lot when you are dealing with legal matters," notes one client.

Notable practitioners

Paul Daniels is known for his advice on whistle-blowing and discrimination matters and regularly advises individuals in the sports and financial services sectors. Clients praise his ability to "blend legal analysis with sound commercial analysis."

Julie Morris has a strong reputation for her work on discrimination cases relating to pregnancy and maternity leave. She also has experience handling claims concerning bonus payments and whistle-blowing.

Clive Howard is active in the financial services sector and regularly advises on whistle-blowing and discrimination claims. Sources say that "he really knows the law" and describe him as a "calm and sensible" lawyer.

Claire Dawson advises senior individuals on a range of matters, including discrimination, whistle-blowing and negotiated exits. Sources praise her experience and effectiveness in negotiation and describe her as "very intelligent, very likeable and very good."

Paula Chan is considered by her clients to be "calm, bright, resilient and a wonderful team player," with others describing her as "excellent both in terms of her legal advice and emotional support." She has experience advising on a number of employment law issues, with notable focus on whistle-blowing and discrimination.

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Stewarts - Employment

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

What the team is known for Acts for senior executives on a range of employment issues, with expertise in partnership disputes, discrimination claims and contractual issues. The team also works with employers, with a focus on small and medium-sized City-based groups. Clients primarily come from the financial services sector.

Strengths Clients say: "The biggest strength of the firm is being great at communicating and being very commercial."

Sources remark that "they are a good team, and set up in such a way so as to offer an economically efficient service for individuals."

Notable practitioners

Tim Spillane is head of the firm's employment department. He is noted for his expertise in advising individuals on discrimination, whistle-blowing and restrictive covenant issues. He is described by sources as "practical, commercial, dynamic, direct and always available."

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We are a leading employment law team, ranked No.1 by a leading legal directory.

We have an outstanding reputation in the financial and professional services sectors. Our partners are recognised for their cutting-edge work for senior executives and their “excellent knowledge of how the City works”.

Our lawyers have particular expertise advising on individual and team moves, whistleblowing, and discrimination claims. Where required, we are supported by experts in our Commercial Litigation team.

Our advice goes beyond legal analysis to address the wider practical, commercial and strategic issues, ensuring our clients achieve the best possible outcome.

We advise individuals and businesses on a full range of employment, partnership, LLP and shareholder issues.

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Winckworth Sherwood - Employment

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

What the team is known for Well regarded employment team that specialises in the representation of senior executives. Respected for its work in a range of employment law matters, including whistle-blowing, discrimination, equal pay and dismissals. Focused on advising individuals from the professional and financial services sectors.

Strengths An impressed source notes that the lawyers "were simply delightful and provided the best client care I have experienced from a law firm."

Clients describe the team as "client-focused, practical and realistic about possible outcomes."

Notable practitioners

Jo Keddie handles both contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, with particular expertise in claims of discrimination and whistle-blowing. Sources say she is "authoritative, genuinely empathetic, very assertive when required, clever and clearly hugely experienced."

Sources describe Susan Kelly as "thorough, professional and strategic," while also praising her client care skills. She advises senior individuals on exit negotiations and claims related to equal pay.

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Withers LLP - Employment

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

What the team is known for Renowned for its employment advice to senior executives and high net worth individuals, with notable work for those working in private equity. Especially well versed in representing high-profile clients from sports and financial backgrounds. Also works with employer clients with a focus on charities and mid-sized financial services groups.

Strengths Clients say: "They are strong, knowledgeable and work in a collegial fashion."

Clients are "impressed by the worldwide knowledge of the team and their helpfulness."

Work highlights Advised on new service agreements for the senior management team of King Digital Entertainment ahead of the purchase of King.com by Activision Blizzard.

Advised Simon Henry on the English law aspects of his departure as CFO from Shell.

Notable practitioners

Meriel Schindler advises both employers and senior executives in a number of industries, including financial services and fashion. Sources remark that "she is brilliant," and add that she is "really good tactically, sensible and she knows how to fight her client's corner."

Elaine Aarons commands a strong reputation for her work with senior individuals in the financial services sector. Commentators remark: "If you want people who are really at the top of the employment law world then Elaine has got to be one of them," adding that "she puts 110% into everything and she is incredibly knowledgeable."

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Withers LLP

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Elaine Aarons commands a strong reputation for her work with senior individuals in the financial services sector. Commentators remark: "If you want people who are really at the top of the employment law world then Elaine has got to be one of them," adding that "she puts 110% into everything and she is incredibly knowledgeable."

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Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gareth Brahams has extensive knowledge of senior executive-related matters, with particular expertise handling whistle-blowing, discrimination and dismissal claims. Sources praise his "tactical advice" and say that he is "an out-and-out litigator who gets results."

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Farrer & Co LLP

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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."

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CM Murray LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

According to clients, Clare Murray "is incredibly professional and paints a combination of the legal picture and the reality of what is attainable." She is known for her representation of senior executives in cross-border matters, particularly relating to the USA.

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Mishcon de Reya LLP

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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."

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Withers LLP

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Meriel Schindler advises both employers and senior executives in a number of industries, including financial services and fashion. Sources remark that "she is brilliant," and add that she is "really good tactically, sensible and she knows how to fight her client's corner."

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Farrer & Co LLP

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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.

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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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Slater and Gordon Lawyers

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Daniels is known for his advice on whistle-blowing and discrimination matters and regularly advises individuals in the sports and financial services sectors. Clients praise his ability to "blend legal analysis with sound commercial analysis."

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Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources praise Arpita Dutt for being "very professional and knowledgeable." She is known for her work on discrimination and whistle-blowing claims in the financial services sector.

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Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

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."

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Fox & Partners

From the Chambers UK guide

Ronnie Fox commands a strong reputation for his work on senior executive departures and restrictive covenant matters. Sources consider him to be "incredibly expert, clear and strategic."

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Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Alistair French has extensive experience representing senior individuals against financial institutions. Clients state: "He knows his subject area extremely well and supports this by providing well thought through advice and measured arguments."

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Bates Wells Braithwaite

From the Chambers UK guide

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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Slater and Gordon Lawyers

From the Chambers UK guide

Clive Howard is active in the financial services sector and regularly advises on whistle-blowing and discrimination claims. Sources say that "he really knows the law" and describe him as a "calm and sensible" lawyer.

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Fox Williams LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

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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Slater and Gordon Lawyers

From the Chambers UK guide

Julie Morris has a strong reputation for her work on discrimination cases relating to pregnancy and maternity leave. She also has experience handling claims concerning bonus payments and whistle-blowing.

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Stewarts

From the Chambers UK guide

Tim Spillane is head of the firm's employment department. He is noted for his expertise in advising individuals on discrimination, whistle-blowing and restrictive covenant issues. He is described by sources as "practical, commercial, dynamic, direct and always available."

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CM Murray LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "excellent" Anna Birtwistle offers expertise in discrimination and whistle-blowing claims. Clients praise her responsiveness and describe her as "very thorough."

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Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

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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Slater and Gordon Lawyers

From the Chambers UK guide

Claire Dawson advises senior individuals on a range of matters, including discrimination, whistle-blowing and negotiated exits. Sources praise her experience and effectiveness in negotiation and describe her as "very intelligent, very likeable and very good."

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Lewis Silkin LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

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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Edwin Coe LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Rachel Harrap advises employers and senior executives on a wide range of employment law matters, including restrictive covenants and dismissal claims. Clients say: "Rachel always gives very practical advise and will go the extra mile to make sure she is always available when needed."

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Harbottle & Lewis LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Howard Hymanson stands out for his expertise as an employment litigator. He is praised for his ability to "give direct and pragmatic advice, rather than tell clients what they want to hear."

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didlaw

From the Chambers UK guide

Karen Jackson of didlaw enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market for her representation of disabled clients in discrimination claims against their former employers. Sources say that "she marries really good technical skills and knowledge with really good client care."

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Winckworth Sherwood

From the Chambers UK guide

Jo Keddie handles both contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, with particular expertise in claims of discrimination and whistle-blowing. Sources say she is "authoritative, genuinely empathetic, very assertive when required, clever and clearly hugely experienced."

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Winckworth Sherwood

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources describe Susan Kelly as "thorough, professional and strategic," while also praising her client care skills. She advises senior individuals on exit negotiations and claims related to equal pay.

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Brown Rudnick LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Nicola Kerr of Brown Rudnick LLP "is very attentive, always makes herself available and has a straightforward and pragmatic approach." She advises both senior executives and employers on employment law matters.

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Joseph Sutton Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Joseph Sutton of Joseph Sutton Solicitors is highlighted for his representation of senior executives, particularly those in the financial and professional services sectors. Clients highlight "clarity, availability and accountability" as particular strengths of his.

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Edwin Coe LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Linky Trott is known for her work with senior individuals and employers, particularly in relation to restrictive covenants. She is praised by her clients as being "efficient, proactive and sensible with costs."

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Hine Legal

From the Chambers UK guide

Jane Wheeler of Hine Legal acts for senior executive clients on numerous employment law matters, including unfair dismissal and whistle-blowing claims. She is noted for her "unflappable" manner and is considered to be "very professional and very responsive."

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Up and Coming

Farrer & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

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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Associates to watch

Slater and Gordon Lawyers

From the Chambers UK guide

Paula Chan is considered by her clients to be "calm, bright, resilient and a wonderful team player," with others describing her as "excellent both in terms of her legal advice and emotional support." She has experience advising on a number of employment law issues, with notable focus on whistle-blowing and discrimination.

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