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Lewis Silkin LLP

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Ellen Temperton

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Lewis Silkin LLP

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Employment, Immigration & Reward


Partner, Employment, Immigration and Reward. Advises on all areas of employment law, with an emphasis on discrimination, data protection and privacy issues, high value employment disputes and arbitration, and High Court litigation (garden leave injunctions, restrictive covenants and wrongful dismissals). Also advises on partnerships and members disputes. Ellen has an international practice dealing with clients in many jurisdictions.


Trained Macfarlanes; qualified 1991; Partner, Baker & McKenzie 1998-2009; Partner, Lewis Silkin 2009.



London: Corporate and commercial


Within: Partnership

Providing β€˜real strength in depth and proactive advice’, Lewis Silkin LLP is β€˜really good on both the contentious and non-contentious side’ of partnership and employment law. Practice co-head Clive Greenwood β€˜knows partnership law inside and out’ and acts for firms and individuals in LLP and partnership disputes; he represented a former investment manager at HgCapital in High Court proceedings regarding a Β£10m dispute between the client and 42 separate defendants in relation the client’s financial entitlements following his retirement from the private equity firm. Additionally, Karen Baxter and the β€˜highly impressive’ Michael Burd acted for three former partners of Addleshaw Goddard in an arbitration between them and the firm in connection with the partner-clients’ decision to join another law firm. Joint practice head Fergus Payne is β€˜highly experienced and has drafted every type of agreement in the area’ and has recently acted for a number of accountancy firms, such as Blick Rothenberg LLP. The team also assisted Gerald Eve LLP with a series of transaction that saw the acquisitions of five national teams of professionals from Deloitte Real Estate. The β€˜bright and charming’ Ellen Temperton is also recommended.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Lewis Silkin LLP fields an β€˜absolutely first-rate’ and β€˜market-leading’ team that excels in high-value High Court litigation and other contentious matters, including boardroom, data protection, gender pay gap reporting and immigration issues; clients consider it β€˜one of the few firms that really understands European labour law’. James Davies and Michael Burd jointly head the team; Davies acted alongside partner Colin Leckey, senior associate Rhian Hall and associate Carla Feakins for Deliveroo on various employment matters, including worker status issues. Leckey also acted alongside managing associate Rebecca Rule and associate Laurence Mills for Avery Healthcare in an equal pay class action brought by 73 care home workers before the High Court (notably, the first private sector High Court equal value claim). Other key figures include Toni Lorenzo, who is β€˜a real player in the market’; the β€˜very proactive’ Sean Dempsey, who β€˜offers balanced equitable advice presented with a commercial view’; and Nicholas Hadaway, who is β€˜a standout solicitor for senior executives’ and β€˜achieves fantastic outcomes’. Ellen Temperton and Richard Miskella are also names to note.Shalina Crossley was promoted to partner.

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

Within: Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

Lewis Silkin LLP is noted for its β€˜good knowledge of the law, combined with providing practical and useful advice that enables it to meet the everyday challenges its clients face’. Practice head Simon Morrissey primarily focuses on data issues in the advertising, marketing and media sectors; his recent work includes advising on the privacy elements of marketing campaigns and freedom of information matters. Ellen Temperton is the key member in the team for workplace privacy issues and employment-related data matters; Nathalie Moreno, who joined fromCharles Russell Speechlys LLP, regularly handles multi-jurisdictional projects, David Deakin focuses on technology and digital content matters; James Gill specialises in consumer and e-commerce issues; and Giles Crown is the key name for contentious work.

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