Employment

Our employment team advises luxury and consumer brand companies and entrepreneurs on many aspects of the employment relationship.

With detailed knowledge of the sector, we are a valuable source of advice in the early stages of negotiating the terms of an employee's appointment. We are familiar with salary expectations and know what incentives are effective for key creative people. We understand what kind of issues can affect staff performance, and are keen negotiators when it comes to contentious or difficult issues.

It is occasionally necessary for employers to take action to discipline or dismiss an employee. Given the importance of maintaining good publicity in respect of the brand, we play a valuable role in guiding our clients through the employment legislation so that a delicate situation is not made worse.

Recent work 

  • Advising Matthew Williamson on his appointment as creative director of Pucci.
  • Successfully defending an unfair and discriminatory dismissal claim in the US on behalf of a prestigious Italian brand.
  • Advising Julian Macdonald on his appointment as creative director of Givenchy.
  • Advising senior executives/designers of international fashion brands on compensation/equity arrangements.
  • Representation of an internationally recognized Italian-based, premiere tier women's apparel brand in all aspects of employment matters throughout the United States, including the implementation of employee policies and risk management strategies through focused store manager training sessions, and successful defense of wrongful termination claims.

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