Meriel Schindler


Meriel leads the employment team in London.

She advises senior individuals and employers on all manner of workplace issues, ranging from contract negotiations to disputes to exit issues to post termination issues. Meriel is quick to grasp complex detail and devise strategies that get clients what they want.

Meriel is a trained mediator.

Secretary Bev Marshall


Meriel is an eagle-eyed lawyer who listens to her clients and has a formidable reputation. She is strategic in her thinking and creative in her advice, and not afraid of a challenge.

Mark Redman, Founder of Redwing Capital

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.

Harriet Green, Former CEO - Thomas Cook

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.

Fabrizio Malverdi

A wise and very experienced lawyer, who guided the process and provided a steer and direction. I had complete confidence in her expertise.

Joy Youart - Healthcare Consultant

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.

Rob Miller -

She’s excellent – highly commercial and practical. She is highly accessible, responsive, very clear in her explanation of issues and a skilful negotiator.

Chambers UK 2021

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.

Senior financial services executive

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.

Legal 500 UK, 2020

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.

Chambers UK, 2021

Meriel is ‘really good tactically, sensible and she knows how to fight her client’s corner.’

Chambers UK 2018, London

Track record





Advising the creators of Candy Crush Saga and other games when they sold their company, to Activision Blizzard for $5.9 billion.

Advising Harriet Green on her exit from Thomas Cook.

Acting for a fund in a widely reported and successful team move involving historic TUPE transfer issues and post termination restrictions.

England and Wales, 1991

‘Non Executive Directors and the Senior Manager Regime’, Board Agenda

Equal Opportunities Commission (panel of approved solicitors)

Employment Lawyers Association

Trustee of Arvon

Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference plenary session - 2016

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.



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