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.

Stephenson Harwood excels across employment law with clients praising its 'excellent strength in High Court employment work' and its 'entrepreneurial approach to transactional work'.
The Legal 500 UK 2019

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:  +30 210 429 5160
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


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


Terence Seah Partner

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

Latest news & insights

11 Nov 2019

From Insights

Do loose lips sink ships?

Does advice about dismissing “difficult” employees remain “off the record” when there is a risk that advice is discriminatory?


07 Nov 2019

From Insights

Do your employees use WhatsApp?

Do your employees use WhatsApp for business communication? If so, you should consider having a policy in place setting out your position on the use of such apps.


07 Nov 2019

From Insights

Create or update a social media and internet policy

Anne Pritam, Imogen Heywood and Kate Higgins write for the Employment Law Journal about how employers can protect their business with a robust and effective social med..


28 Oct 2019

From Insights

Do you need to be a worker to have whistle-blower protection?

The Supreme Court recently considered this question in the case of Gilham v Ministry of Justice.


23 Oct 2019

From Insights

DIFCA issues Dubai Employee Workplace Savings Scheme (DEWS) laws for consultation confirming the 1 January 2020 commencement date

The long awaited laws setting out the end of the unfunded End of Service Gratuity and the introduction of the obligation to provide eligible employees with the funded ..


22 Oct 2019

From Insights

Burden of Proof in race discriminations claims

The Court of Appeal has held that if a manager lies in good faith about the reason for dismissal, this is enough to shift the burden of proof from employee to employer..


14 Oct 2019

From Insights

GDPR - is consent valid in an employment context?

An employer in Greece has been fined €150,000 by the Hellenic Data Protection Authority (HDPA) for incorrectly purporting to rely on consent as its basis for processin..


03 Oct 2019

From Insights

The Court’s strict interpretation of a job offer allows an employee to back out of their obligations with impunity

Recently in Law Ting Pong Secondary School v Chen Wai Wah [2019] HKCFI 2236, the Court of First Instance overturned the decision made by the Labour Tribunal concerning..


12 Sep 2019

From Insights

Covert recording: Is it gross misconduct?

The EAT ruled in its recent decision of Phoenix House v Stockman, that if an employee takes a covert recording this conduct will often – but not always – justify their..


17 Jul 2019

From Insights

Can an employer be vicariously liable for an employee’s racist Facebook post?

The answer unhelpfully is that it depends on the factual circumstances, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT).


08 Jul 2019

From Insights

Supreme Court upholds non-compete covenant – applying more liberal approach to severance

In the 4th edition of the book and at our March seminar this year I predicted that in their decision in Tillman v Egon Zehnder Limited the Supreme Court would adopt a ..


28 May 2019

From Insights

Modern fathers pay the price for family time

Paying men on shared parental leave less than women on maternity leave is not unlawful


29 Apr 2019

From Insights

Transitioning to transgender friendly policies in the workplace

Jezamine Fewins has recently written an article which considers the issues transgender employees face in the workplace


28 Mar 2019

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises Bowmark on £114 million takeover of AIM-listed Tax Systems plc

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised independent UK private equity firm Bowmark Capital on its public-to-private takeover of AIM-listed Tax Systems plc.


25 Mar 2019

From Insights

Annual increase to employment compensation limits

The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2019 has been laid before Parliament, setting out increases to the compensation limits and minimum awards payable unde..


07 Feb 2019

From Insights

Extensive amendments to the Singapore Employment Act

On 20 November 2018, the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2018 (the "Bill") was passed in Parliament, thereby introducing several noteworthy amendments to the Employment Ac..


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