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.
  • Profile
  • Experience
  • Key contacts

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.

"On the employment law side they clearly excel. They understand the needs of the customer and produce very good outcomes. Its attorneys are sophisticated and practical; the employment team are fantastic in their precise advice."
Chambers UK 2021

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


Paul Reeves Head of employment

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


Terence Seah Partner at Virtus Law

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

Latest news & insights

30 Sep 2021

From Insights

Menopause and the workplace: what do employers need to know?

According to recent headlines a growing number of women are taking their employers to tribunal referencing the menopause at the centre of their unfair dismissal and se..


27 Sep 2021

From Insights

International employment law podcast - September 2021

In this month's alert, our international employment specialists each consider a recent case of interest in their jurisdiction.


23 Sep 2021

From Insights

Government launches consultation: “Making flexible working the default”

On 23 September 2021 the government launched a consultation entitled “Making flexible working the default”.


13 Sep 2021

From Insights

The ICO calls for views on data protection and employment practices

The ICO has launched a call for views on data protection and employment practices to help shape a new user-friendly resource (the "New Resource") to replace the ICO's ..


19 Aug 2021

From Insights

Considerations for employers: Updated self-isolation rules and FAQs on vaccination status

What is the current Covid-19 government guidance for employers?


26 Jul 2021

From Insights

Government to introduce a new duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment

The government has published its response to the consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace. The key issues raised in the consultation and the government’s re..


20 Jul 2021

From Insights

Pandemic promises: re-aligning the workforce after contractual changes

With the swift onset of the pandemic, many employers were forced to make changes to the way their workforces operate and to their employees’ terms and conditions of em..


16 Jul 2021

From Insights

End of work from home guidance: considerations for employers

The UK Government plans to proceed with the final step (step 4) of the roadmap to remove all legal limits on social contact from 19 July 2021.


16 Jul 2021

From Insights

Hong Kong employment law update

In this update we write about three interesting recent Court decisions


07 Jul 2021

From Insights

Can employers dismiss staff for conduct outside of the workplace?

Hitting the headlines recently was the story of the estate agent who was filmed harassing England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, and was subsequently..


18 Jun 2021

From Insights

Historical offensive tweets: considerations for employers

The England and Wales Cricket Board pledged to take 'relevant and appropriate action' after historical offensive tweets from England players emerged.


17 Jun 2021

From Insights

Looking ahead: Furlough wind-down and redundancy planning

Despite a delay to lifting COVID-19 restrictions, which means a delay to re-opening the economy in full, the current timeframe for winding-down the furlough scheme is ..


07 Jun 2021

From Insights

Covid-19 and returning to work: what should employers consider?

As some countries across the globe begin to loosen their COVID-19 restrictions, it’s time for employers to start planning for issues that may arise on the return to th..


01 Jun 2021

From Insights

Leaving lockdown: Considerations for employers - Part 3: Navigating the return to the workplace

In Part 3 of our “Leaving lockdown” series we look at key issues for employers navigating the return.


28 May 2021

From Insights

Hong Kong employment law update: suspensions of staff

Unclear drafting of the suspension provisions in section 11 of the Employment Ordinance ("EO") have meant employers and Human Resources managers have needed to tread v..


17 May 2021

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises GE Healthcare on transformative Zionexa acquisition

​Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised GE Healthcare on the acquisition of Zionexa.


© Stephenson Harwood LLP 2016. Any reference to Stephenson Harwood in this document means Stephenson Harwood LLP and/or its affiliated undertakings. Any reference to a partner is used to refer to a member of Stephenson Harwood LLP.