Negotiated gold-plated indemnities to supplement Directors and Officers liability insurance so that employers provide her clients with much needed financial support when they are facing investigations, claims, adverse PR etc - something that is increasingly important as personal liability for office holders and senior managers becomes more of an issue.
Advised executives who are joining or exiting businesses backed by private equity. She is very concerned by the one-sided documentation that is prevalent in private equity deals. This can result in executives not realising the gains they hoped for and she is used to negotiating improvements and ensuring clients are aware of the risks and opportunities that private equity presents.
Acts for individuals having to respond to internal investigations and disciplinary proceedings where allegations and related regulatory notifications could potentially prevent them continuing with their current career, particularly where they are dependant on approval from the FCA and the PRA (and other regulators) in order to continue working. There can also be the risk of a FCA Enforcement investigation and regulatory proceedings to mitigate.
Advised CEOs on how to respond to Parliamentary and other public enquiries into their businesses and their management.
Advised on matters in which the Public Accounts Committee has taken an interest.
England and Wales, 1982
Elaine is General Editor of Tottel’s ‘Termination of Employment’.
The International Womens’ Forum UK, Company Secretary
The Center for Talent Innovation
City of London Law Society, Vice Chair Employment Law Sub-Committee
The Opportunity Now Awards in 2006 and 2009, Judge
Employment Lawyers Association, Founder Member
Appeared on TV and radio numerous times.
Lectured to business and professional audiences on almost all aspects of employment law.
In my career I have had two guiding principles - to do what I love doing and to stay ahead of the curve. Both of these have stood me in very good stead
My move to Withers ten years ago was driven by these principles. I had specialised in acting for employers for 26 years acting mainly for institutional clients. I had been one of the very first lawyers to specialise exclusively in employment law. I was a leading practitioner in my field and had a very strong practice. There was actually no reason to change.
However, my move to Withers was strategic - I thought there was a gap in the market for a ‘big hitter’ that focused almost entirely on senior executives. I thought I could leverage my brand as a blue chip City employment lawyer to create something unique. No one had done it on the scale that I planned to do it.
The move proved to be tremendous. 10 years later I can say I have acted for 14 Bank Chief Executives, I have conducted cases for captains of industry and leaders in their fields. I have acted against the biggest banks and hedge funds as well as FTSE 100/250’s in all sectors. I have been involved in headline grabbing stories (the longest running being front page news for 10 days). Some of the appointments and removals in which I have been instructed have involved such leading players that politicians at the highest levels of government have taken a personal interest.
I love every moment of it.
It should be said that I also work with clients who are emerging leaders, making their way up the corporate ladder, as well as those who are already at the height of their career. I feel I can offer the benefits of my experience combined with a genuine interest in helping people who have been highly successful and want to continue to be.