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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, Hong Kong and 5 more

Michael Powner

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Private wealth, real estate and construction, retail and leisure, sport, technology, media and telecommunications; employment, pensions and immigration.


Michael is head of the employment, pensions and immigration group at Charles Russell Speechlys, and is primarily a corporate employment lawyer. As a trained advocate that has considerable experience of employment claims at every level, Michael has extensive expertise in providing commercial advice to reduce exposure to litigation. He is the instigator of the service’s 'Manage the Risk' programme, specifically designed to assess and reduce employment-related risk. Michael also has substantial transactional experience with IPO, private equity/venture capital, due diligence/risk analysis and TUPE-related advice on a vast array of M&A and outsourcing deals. Additionally, he advises plc clients on the negotiation of senior executive service contracts and severance terms, as well as the employment hurdles to setting up new ventures. His experience includes a number of Europe-wide restructurings as well as union negotiations to avoid UK-wide industrial action.


Visiting lecturer to the College of Law; regular speaker at both internal and external conferences; writer and regular contributor to leading employment publications such as 'Personnel Today' and 'Employers Law', as well as national newspapers together with television and radio news interviews.

London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is praised for its 'outstanding technical knowledge, attention to detail and strong business sense and industry awareness' enabling it to 'really get to know its clients and ensure the right risk balance is taken'. Practice head Nick Hurley has 'a deep understanding of the issues and dynamics of the market' and 'combines practical and sensible advice with a brilliant approach'; he recently advised Amundi Asset Management on the employment elements of its acquisition of Pioneer from UniCredit and regularly handles employment litigation including discrimination claims, whistleblowing issues and TUPE-related disputes. Other key individuals include Trevor Bettany, who is recommended for project management issues; Michael Powner, charity sector specialist David Green, Emma Bartlett and 'outstanding' legal director Susan Thomas. Alan Julyan retired.

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