Disputes, discrimination & severance
Our employment team regularly face a broad range of complex issues, including grievances about discrimination, the unlawful treatment of whistleblowers, unfair dismissal and wrongful termination claims.
We regularly coach managers and HR personnel through difficult employment situations, such as the process of negotiating a severance payment as a risk management tool.
When litigation becomes unavoidable we are equally prepared to handle the situation. We have considerable experience in the courts before employment tribunals. We devise case management strategies to suit our clients' needs and priorities.
We represent a wide variety of employers, including owner-managed businesses. They range from PR companies and hedge fund managers to luxury and consumer brands, charities, family offices and a Formula One racing team. Most are based in the UK or US, although many have international operations.
The diversity of our international clients requires us to deal with complex employment disputes involving cross-jurisdictional issues, tax complications, rights, defamation, fraud and crime.
- Seeking an urgent injunction from the High Court to prevent our client's chief designer from leaving his employment without giving notice. A deal was negotiated at the courtroom door.
- Successful defence of a race discrimination claim brought by multiple claimants against a well-known exhibition and events business.
- Successful establishment in both the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal that an officer of our charity client was not in fact an employee.
- Successful defense of an action against an international, web-based advertising company to enforce non-competition and customer non-solicitation restraints and to enjoin alleged trade secrets misappropriation by former employees, which was voluntarily withdrawn by the competitor.