The City’s top employment lawyers are able to handle high-profile contentious claims such as senior level termination negotiations and discrimination cases, but are also highly regarded for their expertise in non-contentious work. This includes handling complex employment restructurings and employee transfers, advising on disciplinary investigations, managing TUPE matters and assisting with HR policy implementation. Among the best is Reed Smith, which is particularly well placed to advise on employment issues arising out of acquisitions and which counts banks among its clients. The team is led by ‘astute advocate’ Robin Jeffcott, who has a broad litigation practice and strong record on claims such as employment contractual disputes, racial discrimination and post-termination restrictions.

Lewis Silkin LLP is another firm which handles both contentious and non-contentious matters, advising on the employment aspects of complex mergers and acquisitions and supporting multinationals with UK-based employees. It has particular strength in the media and creative industries, notably acting for major music, film and TV production houses on employment issues arising out of West End musicals. Its team includes maternity law expert Angharad Harris, the highly rated Nicola Ihnatowicz for TUPE and workplace investigations, and ‘diligent’ principal associate Sarah Verrecchia.

Advised Estee Lauder on employment law matters associated with its purchase of TOM FORD, including a raft of employee competition issues and the drafting of severance agreements. Advised NHS England on the transfer of c1000 staff to a number of new Integrated Care Boards and Trusts in a multi-site project involving the relocation and redeployment of employees across London. employment lawyers London

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