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


Arthur Loke Senior partner and alliance chairman

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


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

Latest news & insights

14 Oct 2016

From Insights

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

From Insights

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.


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..


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..


11 Dec 2014

From Insights

Media coverage: Human Resources - Garden leave and post-termination restrictive covenants

Jezamine Fewins has recently published an article on the topic of Garden leave and restrictive covenants on Human Resources December 2014 Legal Highlight.


10 Nov 2014

From Insights

Overtime in holiday pay - more uncertainty ahead

We look at the EAT's ruling in several cases on whether employers should include average overtime in workers' holiday pay.


23 Oct 2014

From Insights

Court of Appeal upholds enforcement of unpaid notice period

In Sunrise Brokers LLP v Rodgers, the Court of Appeal has upheld a judge's decision to hold an employee to his notice period in spite of his employer's refusal to pay...


13 Oct 2014

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Ebola: considerations for employers

With the international spread of the Ebola virus in the news and prompting health professionals to test procedures to deal with a UK outbreak, employers should be asse..


24 Sep 2014

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Recent reminder on recovery of overpayments

We look at the recent case of Ridge v Her Majesty's Land Registry which serves as a useful reminder that any reduction to an employee's wages in order to recover an ov..


22 Sep 2014

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The results are in ...

Now that the results of the Scottish Referendum are in and the dust has settled, we know that the implications will not be as severe as they might have been had the Un..


15 Sep 2014

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Scottish Referendum: any change for employment law?

Scotland will decide whether to remain part of the UK or establish itself as an independent country. We consider the potential impact on employment issues.


30 Jul 2014

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(Un)Lucky number seven

Variable pay awarded after 1 January 2015 to be subject to seven years of clawback.


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