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.

Lawyer

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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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

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