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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

Lewis Silkin LLP's 'excellent' team demonstrates 'in-depth knowledge and expertise' in relation to both contentious and non-contentious matters. The group often handles the drafting and implementing of new or updated LLP and partnership agreements, restructurings, mergers and the associated regulatory issues. On the contentious side, the group is at the forefront of complex partner grievance cases, representing a number of major City firms. The group is co-led by 'excellent strategist' and partnership dispute veteran Clive Greenwood and non-contentious partnership lawyer Fergus Payne, who advised Goodstuff Communications on the purchase of a 20% stake in the LLP held by Omnicom to produce a fully independent media agency. Possessing 'great experience'. Karen Baxter is recommended for her ability to 'move seamlessly from employment to partnership'. Ellen Temperton is another key practitioner and is noted for her 'superb partnership expertise'.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

With 'unrivalled experience and knowledge', Lewis Silkin LLP's 'absolutely first-class practice' is 'top drawer' and 'has market-leading strength in the field'. The group is 'a go-to name for complex litigation' with recent work including representing Deliveroo in a worker status case, acting for AstraZeneca in a breach of contract claim against a senior executive who joined a competitor and acting for a managing director in a sex discrimination and whistleblowing claim. The department has also been active in investigations; it is advising The Old Vic on an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behaviour during Kevin Spacey's time as artistic director and assisted Rigpa with an independent investigation into allegations of sexual and physical abuse and financial impropriety made by former students against its founding guru. James Davies and Michael Burd jointly lead the firm's employer work while Nicholas Hadaway heads up the senior executive practice. Other key names include 'outstanding practitioner' and litigator Toni Lorenzo, Ellen Temperton, who has 'a superb combination of detailed knowledge and a practical mindset'; the 'highly strategic' Richard Miskella and Colin Leckey, who 'provides strong, commercially driven advice'.

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection privacy and cybersecurity

Within: Data protection privacy and cybersecurity

Ellen Temperton and Nick Walker jointly head Lewis Silkin LLP's data and privacy practice and focus on employment-related matters and disputes, respectively. A team led by Simon Morrissey is acting for Omnicom Group on a significant GDPR compliance programme, including auditing and implementation of solutions. In another work highlight, the department has assisting several PR agencies with data subject access requests from high profile individuals. The group is also instructed by the UK police force to provide ongoing advice on data issues. The Economist, Lush and IG Index are all clients.

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Lewis Silkin LLP

  • Negotiating the minefield of administrative decisions

    There are many situations where decisions are made by organisations such as local authorities (during the tendering process, the grant of contracts or planning decisions, for example) or professional or disciplinary bodies where a party may wish to challenge the outcome. A party with an interest in a decision may feel aggrieved by the outcome due to what appears to be a conflict of interest by those making the decision, or the appearance of bias. This may have serious consequences for in-house lawyers acting for organisations subject to such decisions, and therefore this briefing is intended to provide a general overview of the areas to consider. Challenging judicial or quasi-judicial decisions where there is a conflict of interest was considered by James Levy in a previous briefing (IHL146, p37-40).
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