Lisa is a consultant in the employment team.She has a wealth of experience advising a wide range of individual and corporate clients on all aspects of employment law. This breadth provides valuable understanding of differing perspectives, which enhances her practice.
Over more than a decade, Lisa has developed particular expertise in advising senior executives and professionals on appointments, disputes and terminations at senior and board level. She has been recognised for this work in the Legal 500 2021 and 2022 UK editions as a Rising Star that 'has developed an impressive senior executives practice' (2021) and has 'considerable experience both in litigation and negotiating settlements' (2022).
Many of the individuals that she advises are leaders working in a diverse range of fields including financial services, accountancy, fellow lawyers, healthcare, entertainment and brands. The core of her practice is successfully negotiating her clients' entries and exits on favourable terms, which often involve complex negotiations. She is also particularly adept at advising clients experiencing difficulties at work involving bullying, harassment, discrimination and whistleblowing or navigating disciplinary and performance issues. Lisa regularly works alongside local and international colleagues with expertise in tax, pensions, immigration, equity arrangements, regulatory matters and reputation management to provide her clients with holistic legal advice to suit their needs.
It is testament to the success of her practice that many of those that she advises on exit then return to request her assistance with new contract negotiations or business ventures. Indeed, assisting entrepreneurs and start-ups put in place the building blocks necessary to launch and grow their businesses is another area of expertise. Lisa enjoys helping her clients navigate the challenges of hiring employees and addressing English employment issues for the first time. She is also experienced in advising organisations and charities of all sizes deal with employment law matters. When assisting companies during difficult times, Lisa works with her clients to ensure that actions are not only legally appropriate but also take account of commercial and human considerations.
Whilst Lisa is an experienced litigator, she frequently resolves disputes swiftly and sensitively without recourse to court or tribunal. She prides herself on her ability to negotiate positive outcomes, which are financially valuable, commercially sensible and protect the reputations involved. As such, her work is often highly confidential. Clients praise her ‘critically important insights' and ‘highly responsive', ‘extremely efficient and empathetic manner'.
Withers is an outstanding firm providing a very high standard of professional advice. Withers is small enough to really care about personal relationships yet big enough to provide a global network.
Senior associate Lisa Lewinsohn has developed an impressive senior executives practice.
Me in a minute
My reward is felt in the satisfaction of my clients
Two decades ago, driven by a strong desire to 'do justice', I chose to study law - determined to do what I could to ensure just outcomes. Allied with the desire to help people I therefore chose to specialise in employment law and, shortly after qualification, joined Withers to assist individuals as well as companies. Well over a decade later those objectives and ideals continue to motivate me and I am delighted that they have been, and continue to be, realised on a daily basis.
Indeed, I feel blessed to have a role where I am able to make a difference. It is a privilege and a pleasure helping people to sensibly and safely navigate all aspects of their work lives - from negotiating terms on the way in, to handling issues when they arise and assisting at point of termination or when they branch out on their own. Frequently, my work is less about dispute and more about achieving resolution. Indeed, given that much of what I do relates to matters at the most senior level (such as board members, senior executives and other leaders), the bulk of my time is spent assisting individuals and organisations deal with matters quietly, commercially and in an 'elegant' manner.
Ultimately, my reward is felt in the satisfaction of my clients when their objectives are met and their aspirations are realised or when my assistance has helped a fledgling company to flourish. Moments that make me realise that I made the right choices all those years ago...