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 deliver a thorough service with a good range of specialists who can deal with all the issues we throw at them."
Chambers UK 2015

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.


Nigel Bowen-Morris Partner

T:  +30 210 42 95 160
M:  +30 695 7505 481 Email Nigel | Vcard Office:  Piraeus


Jezamine Fewins Partner

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


Chunfai Lui Partner

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


Patrick Mousset Partner

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


Paul Reeves Partner

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


Shiraz Sethi Associate

T:  +971 4 407 3924
M:  +971 56 775 4260 Email Shiraz | Vcard Office:  Dubai


Arthur Loke Consultant and alliance chairman

T:  +65 6835 8654
M:  Email Arthur | Vcard Office:  Singapore

Latest news & insights

01 Mar 2017

From Insights

The establishment of Singapore's Employment Claims Tribunal

From April 2017, the Employment Claims Tribunal and the Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Management will be set up to provide employers and employees with a way to expe..


21 Feb 2017

From Insights

The new Regulatory References regime – what does it mean for you?

On 7 March 2017 new rules come into force in relation to requesting and providing references for employees covered by the Senior Manager and Certification Regime (SMR)..


21 Dec 2016

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Stephenson Harwood advises Meggitt on disposal of Meggitt Target Systems to QinetiQ

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised FTSE 250 listed Meggitt PLC in relation to its sale of Meggitt Defence Systems Limited and Meggitt Holdings Canada Inc. (to..


12 Dec 2016

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Gender pay gap reporting final regulations published

The Government has now published the finalised Gender Pay Gap Information Regulations 2016, which will make gender pay gap reporting mandatory for employers with at le..


14 Oct 2016

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Court of Appeal locks commission into holiday pay

Friday 7 October 2016 saw the Court publish its decision in the case of Lock and another v British Gas Trading, upholding the EAT's decision.


20 Sep 2016

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Hong Kong court affirms implied anti-avoidance term in contracts

The Court of Appeal has recently affirmed a decision of the High Court that it is possible to imply an anti-avoidance term in an employment contract.


30 Aug 2016

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Stephenson Harwood advises on Fitness First sale

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised the UK management team of Fitness First on the sale of its UK fitness clubs.


24 Jun 2016

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Time to go - what happens next?

We don't yet know exactly what form the "Brexit" will take, and any changes which do result from the outcome of the referendum are likely to take a number of years. We..


17 May 2016

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Remuneration structures for listed companies – are they fit for purpose?

A working group of the Investment Association has published an interim report on its review of executive pay in UK listed companies.


27 Apr 2016

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Stephenson Harwood confirms nine promotions to partnership

International law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP today announces its largest ever number of internal promotions to the partnership.


25 Apr 2016

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5 things you need to know about UK employment law…

Employment law in the UK differs in several respects from the labor law regime in the United States. We set out some key principles of UK employment law to assist you ..


29 Mar 2016

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Government announces new and tighter restrictions on employment-related visas

The Government had asked the MAC to look at ways to restrict these visas to areas with genuine skills shortages and to highly specialist experts, raising Tier 2 salary..


09 Mar 2016

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BIS announces increase to UK employment compensation limits

The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2016 was laid before Parliament last week, announcing amendments to the calculation of statutory redundancy payments a..


24 Feb 2016

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The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) confirms commission payments should be included in holiday pay

The EAT held in British Gas Trading Ltd v Lock that UK legislation on holiday pay should be interpreted to conform with EU law, which requires results-based commission..


15 Feb 2016

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Gender pay gap reporting – time to start planning

The Government has finally published its draft The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2016 , which will make gender pay gap reporting mandatory..


03 Feb 2016

From News

Stephenson Harwood leads on £182 million cross border acquisition

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised longstanding client AIM Group Ltd (AIM Group) on its £182 million cross border sale to Liberty Hall Capital Partners (Liber..


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