Our lawyers are renowned for their ability to negotiate on behalf of senior executives and employers.

Whether you are agreeing a custom incentive plan, trying to improve an existing contract or discussing an exit package, we will find the right strategy.

The firm frequently represents directors of listed and privately held companies who are changing their role. We have a particular niche in helping private equity executives to get the firepower they need when negotiating with management teams.

We aim always to leave you better off after paying our fees, and have the reputation to match our excellent results. For example we negotiated the largest whistleblowing settlement in UK history on behalf of a hedge fund manager who alleged malpractice by his former employer. Having the nerve to deal with really big money sets us apart.

Our breadth of experience often gives us a tactical edge, as when a management consultant contacted our Hong Kong office because his contract was being terminated. ‘Our client was a member of a limited liability partnership in the UK, and also had statutory rights under his employment agreement in Hong Kong,’ explains triple-qualified associate Helen Colquhoun. ‘The business hadn’t thought through his rights in the UK, and their LLP agreement made it very difficult for them to exit him because he wasn’t accused of any misconduct. We maximized his commercial leverage to get him two years’ money, which was more than he was legally entitled to.’

Our cases are often high profile, attracting interest from print and broadcast media, and our experienced reputation management team can help you to handle that coverage.

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The founder of a successful publishing company

Our client built their business up to their target size for exit and chose us to help them with their management buy-out. We made sure that their exit was as tax efficient as possible and reduced their exposure to any future disputes with the purchaser, while also structuring rewards for the key employees who had contributed to the success of the company.

Senior executives at

Candy Crush Saga has become one of the major global success stories of the free-to-play mobile device games, with more than 93 million players worldwide. Withers was proud to act for the founders of the company that owned it,, in the high-profile sale of their business to Activision Blizzard for US$5.9 billion, achieving a very satisfactory outcome for our clients.

A tobacco company CEO

Our senior executive team negotiated a favorable severance package for the outgoing CFO of this major global brand, ensuring that the payout was made tax efficiently and that other terms were met.

Anya Hindmarch (t/a A.S.H.S.)

A.S.H.S. is a well-known English fashion house. We have provided strategic advice to the luxury brand on a number of high level employment issues.

Co-op bank CEO, Barry Tootell

When director and CEO of the Co-op Bank Plc Barry Tootell stepped down in difficult and controversial circumstances, Withers's team demonstrated our in-depth knowledge of difficult situations to advise and negotiate his exit. Since 2013, our team has continued to act for him on arising issues and enquiries related to his time at the Co-op.

Senior executives

We have advised numerous senior individuals on their personal interests, both on joining and leaving PE backed businesses, as well as senior executives founding, joining and leaving private equity firms.

Founders of an insurance group

We represented the founders of an insurance group joining the Lloyds market in a transaction involving a substantial capital raise and multiple international private equity investors. This included detailed advice on post termination restrictions and equity interests.

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