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Averta Employment Lawyers LLP

Work 0870 421 1952
Birmingham, London

David Sykes

Work 0870 421 1952
Averta Employment Lawyers LLP

Work Department

Employment law.


David was formerly a partner with DLA Piper, advising such corporations as Tesco, HMV and Abbey National (now Santander) on a range of employment matters including hiring and firing senior executives and directors. In 2004 he set up Averta, a niche practice specialising exclusively in employment law. At Averta, David brings his legal and commercial skills to the benefit of directors, senior executives, managers and other professionals facing employment law issues at work or looking to negotiate an acceptable severance package. The firm became Averta Employment Lawyers when Alan Jones joined on 1 January 2005. Averta prides itself on its responsiveness, cost effective and outcome based approach to employment law issues. The firm will litigate where necessary but will endeavour to achieve an outstanding outcome for a client by negotiation or mediation wherever possible.Although the firm has remained true to its roots in bringing strong commercial skills to the benefit of the individual, there are a number of corporations that seek the partner-led and cost-effective support that the partners and senior lawyers in the firm can bring to a problem, and the firm welcomes approaches from businesses in need of strategic advice on employment matters. The type of work that David handles includes high-value severance claims, share and share options issues, bonus claims, team moves including restrictive covenants, board room disputes including shareholder issues, TUPE and discrimination. He has considerable experience acting for solicitors, accountants and other professionals in issues relating to membership of LLPs, and also handles senior individuals who work in the public sector including the NHS and local government.


Trained Hewitsons; qualified 1993; DLA Piper 1997; partner 2001. He was previously a police officer with the Metropolitan Police (1979-87) in the drug squad, coming to law as a mature student in 1991. Set up Averta in 2004.


Employment Lawyer’s Association; Birmingham Law Society.


Warwick School; De Montfort University (Law Society final exam); City Law School (post graduate diploma in employment law).


Walking, spending time with his family, music (he owns some 35 guitars) and playing in a number of bands.

West Midlands: Human resources


Within: Leading individuals

David Sykes - Averta Employment Lawyers LLP

Within: Employment

According to one client, Averta Employment Lawyers LLP is ‘without doubt the best niche firm for senior executive issues’, while another singles out its lawyers for being ‘proactive, experienced and streets ahead of their competition’. The firm regularly acts for senior executives, directors and other high-value professionals on the full range of employment law issues. Key figures include the ‘vastly experienced and invaluably calmAlan Jones and the ‘totally brilliant’ and ‘hugely practicalDavid Sykes. Recent highlights include complicated contentious matters related to discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, and injunctions filed against executives leaving their employment to join or set up a competing entity. Other notable cases revolved around allegations of gross misconduct in which clients were accused of misappropriating funds or unacceptable behaviour in the workplace; the ‘very helpful, professional and pragmaticRachel Broughton leads on these matters. The team also handles internal disciplinary procedures with regards to disability discrimination and bullying in the work place.

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