Employment

The employment team is ranked by the leading legal directories in the elite category for employment law advice when acting for employers. We are a full service, international employment practice of highly regarded employment law specialists. Our expertise and cross-industry experience enables us to deliver innovative solutions for our clients' needs.
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Civil litigation and team moves – we excel in High Court breach of contract and high-value bonus dispute litigation, team-move advice and all aspects of business protection work.

Employment Tribunal litigation – we have an excellent reputation defending claims from unfair/wrongful dismissals, all forms of discrimination and whistleblowing.

Financial services regulatory advice – we act for both financial institutions and senior executives of financial institutions, assisting with regulatory investigations, complex issues regarding legal professional privilege, whistleblowing, remuneration structures, the senior managers regime and negotiating exit packages.

Remuneration Code – we advise and draft sophisticated remuneration provisions, including complex share arrangements, deferred performance compensation and cash bonus buy-out arrangements for our many global banking clients.

Sensitive internal investigations – we advise clients on the strategic aspects of sensitive internal investigations (e.g. disciplinary and grievance processes as well as the client's reporting obligations - internally and externally).

Restructurings and initial public offerings (IPOs) – we advise in relation to intricate restructurings and IPOs. In particular drafting and negotiating senior executive service agreements and contributing to extensive due diligence reports required as part of the listing process.

TUPE – detailed TUPE analysis in relation to asset sales, outsourcings, administrations and real estate transactions. We regularly advise on complex TUPE structures, harmonisation of terms and conditions, post-employment restrictions, and apportioning potential liability appropriately and effectively.

Transactional support – we advise on the employment aspects of corporate transactions (share sale as well as asset purchase) either domestically or co-ordinating multiple jurisdictions; through to post completion implementation (e.g. re-organisation, new service agreements or redundancy).

Professional services clients –we provide transactional support as well as advice on managing internal procedures and disputes for their own account.

"They are technically very knowledgeable, incredibly organised and attentive to detail, and take a great deal of care with clients."
Chambers UK 2018

LIBOR and FX Spot manipulation allegations

Advising high net worth individuals involved in LIBOR and FX Spot manipulation allegations on complex issues of privilege, whistleblowing and employee incentives, including successfully litigating on these issues.

Long standing international banking client

Advising on the drafting of a complex remuneration package for a senior hire (including shares, deferred performance bonds, cash bonus buy-out payments and first year guarantees). As a Level 1 PRA-regulated firm the package had to comply with the bank's regulatory obligations including forfeiture and claw back.

easyHotel Plc

Advised on its preparations for listing on the AIM market and its transition from the Easy Group. Drafted and negotiated the contractual terms of senior executives appropriate for a listed company.

International banking client

Advised on its successful defence of a claim for race discrimination by an employee (still in employment) as well as securing the maximum costs award for our client.

Construcciones Y Auxiliar De Ferrocarriles

Advising on the drafting and negotiation of complex TUPE provisions dealing with the entry and exit provisions in both agreements and the potential for unexpected transfers of employees.

Lachlan Forbes v Parker Drilling Inc. and ITS Ltd

Successfully defended a claim for unfair dismissal and breach of contract which involved complex jurisdictional questions (Cyprus, Scotland, England).

International corporate assistance

Providing UK employment law advice and coordinating advice from six other European and African jurisdictions on the asset purchase by our client of an international business. We advised on drafting the contractual documentation and summarised the advice of foreign counsel in relation to employees based in their jurisdiction.

Employment Tribunal

Successful claim for unfair dismissal for an FCA regulated individual against his former employer. The case involved the interrelationship between employment law and the Financial Services and Markets Act and the FCA's enforcement action.

Race, sex and age discrimination

Successfully defending allegations of race, sex and age discrimination for various international financial institutions and corporations.

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Nigel Bowen-Morris Partner

T:  +30 210 429 5160
M:  +30 695 7505 481 Email Nigel | Vcard Office:  Piraeus

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Jezamine Fewins Partner

T:  +852 2533 2877
M:  +852 6083 5525 Email Jezamine | Vcard Office:  Hong Kong

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Chunfai Lui Partner

T:  +86 21 5385 2299
M:  +86 138 1613 0234 Email Chunfai | Vcard Office:  Shanghai

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Patrick Mousset Partner

T:  +33 1 44 15 80 78
M:  +33 6 83 39 01 03 Email Patrick | Vcard Office:  Paris

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Paul Reeves Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2916
M:  +44 7919 694 135 Email Paul | Vcard Office:  London

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Terence Seah Partner

T:  +65 6602 6605
M:  Email Terence | Vcard Office:  Singapore

Latest news & insights

26 Apr 2018

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Supreme Court rules on when notice takes effect

The Supreme Court has ruled that unless an employment contract provides otherwise notice to terminate employment takes effect from when the employee opens and reads th..

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09 Apr 2018

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New multi-employer part-time contracts. Is it open season for competitors?

In March 2018, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation Nasser Al Hamli issued a new Ministerial Decision to "improve flexibility in the labour market, cut costs ..

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06 Apr 2018

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Taxing times - All change for payments in lieu of notice

New tax rules apply to payments in lieu of notice paid in respect of employment terminations on or after 6 April 2018.

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19 Mar 2018

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The Supreme Court hands down its judgment in Reilly v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

The Supreme Court has handed down its judgment in Reilly v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and held that it was fair for a school to dismiss a head teacher who f..

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26 Feb 2018

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STOP PRESS! New draft DIFC Employment Law published

A draft of the new proposed DIFC Employment Law ("proposed DIFC Law 6 of 2018") has been published for public consultation.

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20 Feb 2018

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BEIS announces increase to UK employment compensation limits

The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2018 was laid before Parliament this week, announcing amendments to the calculation of statutory redundancy payments a..

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05 Feb 2018

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Stephenson Harwood employment and data protection teams recognised as 'Specialists in DIFC Data Protection Law'

Law firm Stephenson Harwood has been recognised by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Academy of Law as 'Specialists in DIFC Data Protection Law'.

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30 Nov 2017

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Workers entitled to significant backdated holiday pay

The European Court of Justice ("ECJ") has handed down its judgment in King v The Sash Window Workshop Ltd and held that a UK worker incorrectly classified as a self-em..

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27 Nov 2017

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Outsourcing your employment liabilities – recent developments

In what has been described as a "landmark test case" the IWGB are seeking the right to agree their pay and various other contractual issues directly with UoL rather th..

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24 Nov 2017

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The Budget - Personal service companies, tax and employment status

In Wednesday's Budget, the Chancellor confirmed that the Government intends to consult on extending to the private sector the amendments to IR35 which were introduced ..

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17 Nov 2017

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Uber and Deliveroo – Different answers to the same question

What are the key differences between these two cases – and what should businesses be doing to protect themselves?

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08 Nov 2017

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A reminder on Gender pay gap reporting

The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 came into force in April 2017 and the first reports under the new Regulations are already being pub..

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08 Nov 2017

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Stephenson Harwood bolsters Dubai employment practice

Partner Kiersten Lucas relocates from London to lead employment team in Dubai.

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07 Sep 2017

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Employer monitoring of private messages may be a breach of human rights

In a decision handed down on 5 September, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has held that, in monitoring an employee's personal e-mails, his empl..

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02 Aug 2017

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Regime change: FCA consults on extending the Senior Managers and Certification Regime to all FCA firms

The way in which the FCA regulates individuals in financial services is changing. On 26 July 2017 the FCA published a consultation on extending the Senior Managers and..

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26 Jul 2017

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Employment Tribunal fees held to be unlawful

The Supreme Court has today handed down its judgment in Unison's challenge against the introduction of Employment Tribunal fees and has held unanimously that the curre..

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