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. Our pricing for employment tribunal work can be found here.

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.

"The group is very client focused and takes time to understand the needs and approach of the client as well as the client's risk appetite. As a result it is able to provide advice that is not only technically excellent but also closely aligned with the client's requirements. It is also extremely friendly and approachable."
The Legal 500 UK 2020

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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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

01 Apr 2020

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COVID-19: Latest employment and pensions measures deployed by UAE Government

As the worldwide employment landscape rapidly develops in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UAE Government has announced a raft of measures designed to provide fl..

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31 Mar 2020

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Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

An unprecedented level of government support for the self-employed has been announced, but there is a catch…

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30 Mar 2020

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and other Covid-19 developments

New guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was published by the government on 26 March 2020.

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27 Mar 2020

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Vento bands increase

The bands of compensation that employment tribunals can award for injury to feelings in discrimination and whistleblowing cases, known as Vento bands, will increase ne..

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24 Mar 2020

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Employers do not have to report gender pay gaps as they deal with COVID-19 crisis

In 2017, rules were introduced under the Equality Act for employers with 250 or more employees to report their gender pay gap data and make it publicly available on th..

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23 Mar 2020

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COVID-19: What should employers be doing to help protect employees’ mental health when working from home?

The physical symptoms of the novel COVID-19 virus are well publicised, but what steps should employers take to help protect employees’ mental health at this unpreceden..

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20 Mar 2020

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COVID-19: Navigating the new world of working remotely, self-isolation and sick pay

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, businesses are having to grapple with increasingly tricky issues around WR, self-isolation and sick pay. Whilst many employers have..

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20 Mar 2020

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Government announces IR35 reforms will be deferred until April 2021

The Government has announced that it is delaying the implementation of IR35 tax reforms, previously due to take effect from 6 April 2020, until April 2021, as part of ..

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13 Mar 2020

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Statutory Sick Pay now applies for employees who self-isolate from coronavirus

New regulations have come into force today (13 March 2020), which extend statutory sick pay (“SSP”) to employees who are self-isolating to prevent infection or contami..

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12 Mar 2020

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Covid-19: Helping employers to navigate next steps

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, employers are increasingly asking questions about working from home (“WFH”), self-isolation and sick pay. We’ve created a helpful ..

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12 Mar 2020

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Budget 2020 – Key points for employers

Yesterday’s Budget understandably focussed on the impact of coronavirus on the UK economy. We are regularly advising clients on the many different HR/employment law is..

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05 Mar 2020

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Annual increase to employment compensation limits

The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2020 has been laid before Parliament, setting out increases to the compensation limits and minimum awards payable unde..

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25 Feb 2020

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Novel coronavirus webcast: International trade and the employment concerns

With the growing impact of the novel coronavirus, international trade and employment specialists from Stephenson Harwood recently spoke at a webinar for in-house lawye..

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19 Feb 2020

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What are some of the key legal changes for employers in April 2020?

There are a number of employment law changes coming into force in April 2020. We focus on two key changes which employers should be aware of.

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06 Feb 2020

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Brexit snapshot - Brexit and employment law issues

Although a significant proportion of UK employment law is derived from the EU, it is anticipated that the impact of Brexit on UK employment law will be fairly limited ..

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27 Jan 2020

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Cracking down on culture

Regulatory scrutiny of workplace culture and the handling of non-financial misconduct

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