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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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

Emma Bartlett

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Charities and not-for-profit; employment, pensions and immigration.


Emma advises on all aspects of employment law, including unlawful discrimination, whistleblowing, equal pay, unfair dismissal, breach of contract, restrictive covenants, protecting confidential information, boardroom disputes and claims under TUPE. She has experience in obtaining and executing interim injunctions against former employees who have breached confidentiality and/or restrictive covenant provisions. She also leads diversity issues for the employment team. With a strong record in negotiating and resolving complex employment disputes, Emma is considered a skilled deal-broker. She is a specialist in contentious discrimination matters and has significant experience in handling high-value contentious claims for employers and senior individuals. Emma acts for employers, employees and trade unions. Her client base is broad, both in terms of the range of work and the sectors in which they operate. Among these clients are a number of growing, dynamic businesses (including UK start-ups), as well as long-established financial institutions and senior executives. Experience: a major legal victory for a pilot employed by Thomson Airways Limited, in a landmark case against the airline for indirect age discrimination; successfully defended a tribunal claim of race and religious discrimination against a household-name private members club; advised and represented a large London retailer in relation to a multi-discrimination employment tribunal complaint (direct, indirect, victimisation and harassment based on race and religion); advised on and negotiated service agreements for the senior management team of the seller in a multimillion-pound share sale of a UK business.

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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