Meriel is head of the employment team. She is very attuned to the wide-ranging needs of senior executives and founders who are moving jobs, renegotiating their service agreements and (on occasion) in crisis. Along with her team, Meriel regularly acts for many senior executives and founders in the workplace who are making headlines.
Founders and senior executives are the mainstay of Meriel's practice, and she advises them on all aspects of employment and LLP law, including on contract negotiations, disputes, exits, post termination issues and agreeing compensation packages. She has extensive experience in team moves and investigations.
Meriel's work frequently involves complex, international and delicate issues for high profile clients particularly in technology, financial services, professional services, commodity trading, journalism, hospitality, and the fashion and luxury brand sectors.
Meriel's fluency in French and German together with her long standing contacts in other jurisdictions and specialisms enables her to put together a team of advisers often at short notice in order to advise those who are negotiating new contracts as well as those embroiled in investigations, crises and disputes.
Meriel is a trained mediator.
Having used Withers for my personal tax advice, Graham and Meriel were best placed to assist in relation to my move to the UK, to become CEO of the 'Agent Provocateur' brand. They not only gave clear, commercial advice but were able to marry specialist employment and private equity expertise in relation to a bespoke incentivisation package. They were always available and reacted very fast.
The King management team and I treasured Meriel’s calm and wise counsel during the Activision acquisition. She strongly defended our interests and gave us excellent commercial and practical advice.
I have worked with Meriel for many years and she is a superb lawyer. Thoughtful, insightful and when necessary bold. We have been involved in many situations together and charted excellent courses based on her fine judgement and counsel. I have no hesitation in recommending Meriel.
A wise and very experienced lawyer, who guided the process and provided a steer and direction. I had complete confidence in her expertise.
During a very difficult personal time Suzanne, Joanna and Meriel were always there for me to offer help and practical advice. I have benefited from a range of the firm’s expertise, covering family and employment law and have in fact already recommended them to friends who are happy with the service as well.
Meriel is absolutely fantastic; she has a friendly client-facing manner, a deep understanding of the legal issues at hand, and is very clear and concise with her advice.
She's excellent - highly commercial and practical.She is highly accessible, responsive, very clear in her explanation of issues and a skilful negotiator.
Meriel Schindler is very personable, practical and commercial. She quickly gets to the root of the issue, assesses the legal options and clearly describes the available options.
Meriel Schindler is a fighter for all of her clients and recently advised the Girls' Day School Trust on employment issues pertaining to senior individuals,
Meriel is 'really good tactically, sensible and she knows how to fight her client's corner.'
Me in a minute
I would have been a hostage negotiator
Alternative career? I love what I do but if I had not been an employment lawyer I would have been a hostage negotiator.
When not at my desk, I can usually be found up a mountain. Being half Austrian means that walking and skiing are in my blood.