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Gateley Plc

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Birmingham, Dubai, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester and 2 more

Merran Sewell

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Gateley Plc

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Merran is a Partner in the Employment department. She supports a range of employers in relation to a wide variety of employment-related matters including restrictive covenant disputes; complex disciplinary and grievance issues; representation in a range of complex Employment Tribunal disputes; the practical aspects of TUPE transfers in relation to business sales and insourcing/outsourcing exercises and the provision of strategic advice in relation to change management projects such as redundancy and restructuring exercises. She also acts for senior executives, typically in relation to the negotiation of entry or exit arrangements. 

Merran gives straight forward, practical advice. Her focus is always on identifying solutions and clients praise her ability to tackle problems and find solutions that reflect their strategic objectives and values.


  • Instructed by the lead respondent in litigation described by the BBC as the “largest ever legal claim over minimum wage dispute”. 
  • Successfully issued an application for injunctive relief to restrain an individual from soliciting substantial business from their former employer. 
  • Advised an employer in the leisure industry in relation to a large restructuring exercise involving almost 100 collective redundancies (without the issue of any claim thereafter). 
  • Provided employment support to a USA based company in relation to its acquisition of UK and Hong Kong limited companies including regular liaison and coordination with a global team of lawyers. 
  • Successfully represented employers on a number of sensitive discrimination claims and complex unfair constructive dismissal claims. 
  • Significant experience advising employers in the recruitment industry in relation to issues involving employment status and the Agency Workers Regulations.


Merran trained at Gateley Plc (then Gateley Wareing LLP) and qualified in 2006. She is a former Chair of the Women in Business Association and a Trustee of Sport Birmingham.  Merran was a Finalist for Associate of the Year at the Birmingham Law Society Awards.


Employment Lawyers Association. Member of the ELA’s working party on the Government consultation regarding the “Simplification of the Tax and National Insurance Treatment of Termination Payments”.

Trustee, Birmingham Sport and Physical Activity Trust (‘Sport Birmingham’).


Warwick University (BA Hons (1st class)); Birmingham College of Law (LPC (Distinction)).  


Football, cinema, travel and good food.

West Midlands: Human resources


Within: Next generation lawyers

Merran Sewell - Gateley Plc

Within: Employment

Gateley Plc handles the full range of employment work but is notably strong in confidentiality and post-termination restrictions.  Benedict Gorner  leads the team and is particularly proficient in restrictive covenant matters and senior executive disputes.Victoria Garrad  is highly skilled in handling policy drafting, redundancies and reorganisations.  Merran Sewell  was promoted to partner in 2017 and has a strong focus on restructuring initiatives and senior executive severances.

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