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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Paul Fontes

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Eversheds Sutherland

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Paul is a partner in the human resources practice and head of Eversheds LLP's employment team in London.

Paul has considerable experience of conducting proceedings in the Employment Tribunals and the High Court and regularly defends high value and commercially sensitive claims on behalf of employers. He also advises on non-contentious issues such as incentive plans and remuneration structures, business reorganisations and redundancies, executive appointments and terminations and the employment law aspects of corporate transactions. He regularly advises on and co-ordinates multi-jurisdictional projects.

Paul advises clients across a broad range of sectors with particular experience in the financial and professional services sectors. He advises a number of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies, major professional services firms, regulatory bodies, investment banks, asset managers, hedge funds, brokers and other City institutions.

In addition to advising on employment matters, Paul also advises partnerships and LLPs on issues such as partner appointments and exits, restrictive covenants and team moves, discrimination and other partnership disputes.

Paul has written and lectured on a wide range of employment law topics including TUPE, restrictive covenants and confidential information, discrimination and the use of mediation to resolve employment disputes. He has spoken at events organised by the Financial News, the City HR Association, LexisNexis, City & Financial and the CIPD and has been published or quoted by The Times, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, The Lawyer and Legal Week.

Paul is recognised as a leading employment lawyer by the independent guides to the legal profession. Chambers 2015 says that he is "engaging and quick-witted" and "steers his clients in a political and astute way." 

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French and Spanish

London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

The 'always practical and pragmatic' team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is 'responsive, commercial and very easy to deal with'. The group is highly regarded for its expertise in the financial services sector, advising on industrial relations issues and utilising its global network to handle international mandates. Recent work highlights include advising the BBC on issues arising out of its employment contract changes and related union negotiations, representing Govia Thameslink Railway in the High Court in injunction proceedings to prevent the train drivers' union from calling a strike on its Southern services, and handling the employment aspects of Charter Court Financial Services Group's IPO on the London Stock Exchange. Clients single out the 'vastly experienced' Martin Warren, who leads the labour relations group; industrial relations team head Marc Meryon, who is 'brilliant'; and the 'smart and commercially savvy' Elizabeth Graves. Diane Gilhooley leads the global practice from Manchester and Paul Fontes heads up the London group. Sophie White joined from Abbiss Cadre LLP, Fiona Bolton joined Simmons & Simmons and Gareth Wadley joined Gateley Plc in 2018.

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