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Eleanor Rowswell

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Farrer & Co

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Eleanor is an experienced employment lawyer who advises both senior executives and a range of employers, including clients in the financial services sector and law firms. She has particular experience in advising senior individuals in regulated environments, including FTSE directors, senior bankers and directors of private companies.

She has an established track record in advising both individuals and employers on complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims in the Employment Tribunal and appellate courts and on restrictive covenants and team moves in the High Court.

Eleanor is a member of the firm's Professional Practices and Private Banking and Investment Management Groups. She is a regular speaker at external seminars and conferences, for example, recently speaking on the impact of the Senior Managers regime on the financial services sector and delivering a number of Lexisnexis webinars on restrictive covenants.


Eleanor joined the firm as a trainee in 2003 and qualified into the employment team in 2005. She was made an associate in 2009, a senior associate in 2011 and a partner in 2016.


Employment Lawyers’ Association; Association of Partnership Practitioners


St John’s College, Cambridge; Nottingham Law School

London: Corporate and commercial


Within: Partnership

Farrer & Co provides 'high-quality advice'. The team is led by 'completely unflappable' Jonathan Haley, who 'engenders the utmost confidence in clients' and often acts as 'a diplomatic and realistic sounding-board' in contentious situations. He continues to advise Allies & Morrison LLP on matters connected to its LLP conversion, including IP transfers and the substitution of large numbers of project contacts. 'Cool-headed in complex cases', Adrian Parkhouse successfully represented former partner at a law firm in a landmark and high-value Court of Appeal case against his former firm in relation to a liability issue. Also recommended are Eleanor Rowswell, who has niche expertise in employment law as it relates to partners and staff in professional practices; and Kathleen Heycock who specialises in team moves, international partner disputes and international acquisitions by regulated partnerships. John Wilkinson joined the team from Stephenson Harwood in September 2017 and has experience in commercial disputes involving partnerships.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

As 'one of the top names in the market for senior executive work', Farrer & Co is notably active in the financial services sector and benefits from the 'excellent reputations' of group head David Smellie and William Dawson; the team recently advised on the appointments and departures of senior executives and directors for a wide range of businesses including HSBC, Tesco and Deutsche Bank. On the employer side, recent mandates include David Hunt defending the British Airline Pilots' Association in the High Court against Thomas Cook Airlines' application for an injunction to stop strike action by its pilots, Kathleen Heycock advising Natura Cosmeticos on the employment components of its acquisition of The Body Shop from L'Oréal, and assisting several international schools with implementing safer working practices for teaching and non-teaching staff. Other key individuals include Rachel Lewis, Eleanor Rowswell, Katie Lancaster, Jonathan Eley and senior associate Serena Nicholls.

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