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Purvis Ghani

T: +44 20 7809 2526 M: +44 7711 759 926 Email Purvis | Vcard Office: London

Awards

Employment

Employment

Rising Star in 2015

Rising Star in 2015

Purvis Ghani Partner

Contact details

Purvis Ghani

Purvis Ghani
Partner

T: +44 20 7809 2526 M: +44 7711 759 926 Email Purvis | Vcard Office: London

Purvis is a partner in our highly regarded employment team and advises on all employment matters, both contentious and non-contentious. He has a particular focus on the financial services sector and increasingly advises on work involving an international element. Purvis is known for his pragmatic and commercial approach when advising clients, and his ability to communicate complex legal issues in a clear and concise manner.     
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Purvis advises clients on all aspects of employment law. He has particular expertise in discrimination law (having been involved in drafting sections of the Employment Statutory Code of Practice for the Equality Act 2010) and advising on the employment aspects of corporate transactions. He has extensive experience advising on the employment issues that arise in global outsourcings, which have often involved in excess of 20 jurisdictions. Purvis regularly advises clients on whistleblowing, senior level exits, bonus issues, restrictive covenants, redundancies and TUPE. 

Purvis conducts a range of employment litigation in the employment tribunals and High Court. His litigation experience includes defending high profile discrimination and whistleblowing claims as well as breach of contract claims and injunctions in the High Court.    

He has a particular focus on the financial services sector and advises on employment regulatory issues including CRD IV, the Remuneration Code and the Senior Managers and Certification regimes.  He has had in-house experience which has included a secondment at a leading investment bank.  

Purvis has been rated as a ‘Rising Star’ in 2015 by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers. He regularly speaks at client seminars and sessions organised by the national Employment Lawyers’ Association. He has written articles for The Guardian, Personnel Today, Xpert HR, HR Zone, HR Magazine, People Management and the Employment Law Journal. 
 
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  • Commercial, outsourcing and technology
  • Corporate
Purvis advises on all areas of employment law and examples of his work include: 

Advisory

Advising clients in the financial services sector including investment banks and asset management companies on general employment matters, bonus issues, LTIPs, restrictive covenants and senior level employee exits.

High value litigation 

Acting for a bank defending a high value whistleblowing claim, which went up to the Employment Appeal Tribunal on a contentious issue relating to without prejudice correspondence. 

Discrimination

Drafted numerous sections in the Employment Code of Practice for the Equality Act 2010 on behalf of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.   

Transactional support 

Advising a global media and technology firm on the employment aspects of numerous global outsourcing projects.  

International advice

Advising a leading global consumer goods company on the introduction of a global employment contract for senior executives across 40 countries.  

Restrictive covenants 

Obtaining an injunction for an inter-dealer broker following a former broker’s breach of non-compete covenant in the employment contract.
 
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Remuneration Code

Advised an investment bank on role based allowances following the bonus cap introduced by CRD IV. Also drafted forfeiture and clawback provisions in contracts of employment.  

Regulatory investigation

Advised an asset management company on the employment aspects of a regulatory investigation of a senior employee following a regulatory breach.

Exit of board level employee

Advised a bank on the exit of a board level employee including negotiating and drafting complex bonus and LTIP provisions.
 
More: Banking and financial services regulation

TUPE and Acquired Rights Directive

Advised a number of technology clients on the impact of TUPE and Acquired Rights Directive on global outsourcing contracts. This included negotiating and drafting complex employment related provisions in master services agreements.  

Senior management exits

Advised a manufacturing company on the termination of senior executives and hire of new employees following the outsourcing of its facilities management in jurisdictions across EMEA and APAC. 

Agency agreements

Drafting and negotiating key provisions for a manufacturing company in respect of an agreement with a temp agency to provide agency workers.  

More: Commercial, outsourcing and technology
 

Business sale

Advised a bank on the sale of its commodities brokerage division, which involved complex ​consultation and TUPE issues. Also drafted detailed employment provisions in the sale and purchase agreement.  

Mergers and acquisitions

Due diligence and assessing liabilities for clients purchasing companies. Advised on senior management exits and restrictive covenants in sale and purchase agreements.   

Private equity

Advised a large private equity firm on the employment aspects of the purchase of a well-known holiday village, which included reviewing bonus provisions and restrictive covenants for key personnel. 
 
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Japanese investment bank

Updating contracts of employment for a Japanese investment bank and advising on changes to remuneration for material risk takers.  

Global bank

Drafting TUPE provisions for a global bank in a master services agreement for the outsourcing of its IT helpdesk function. 

North American bank

Advised a boutique US investment bank on collective redundancies and settlement agreements.

More: Banks and banking

Asset management company

Advised on a number of disciplinary and performance issues, and strategy for exiting a senior level employee. 

Funds client

Defended a complex pregnancy discrimination claim for over £1 million.

Inter-dealer broker

Obtained an injunction for a leading inter-dealer broker against a former employee for breach of her non-compete restrictive covenant.  

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Global insurance company

Advised an insurance company on the enforceability of restrictive covenants in respect of a departing employee including repayment of a bonus under its LTIP scheme. 

Global insurance broker

Drafting employment documentation including contracts, policies and forfeiture provisions in a LTIP scheme. 

UK insurance company

Advised a UK insurance company on forfeiture and clawback provisions that applied to senior executives.
 
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Technology and media company

Leading negotiations and advising on HR issues (for example, information/consultation obligations and severance) in relation to an outsourcing of IT functions in over 20 countries (EMEA, APAC, North America and LATAM), and drafting/negotiating ARD and non-ARD provisions in the master services agreement. 

Software company

Advised on the dismissal of employees in a number of countries in EMEA including France, Germany and Spain. 

Telecommunications company

Advised a telecoms company on the HR aspects of the outsourcing of its IT helpdesk in more than 20 jurisdictions including dismissals and severance.

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Awards

Employment

Employment

Rising Star in 2015

Rising Star in 2015

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