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Adam Hartley

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Adam advises nternational clients in relation to employment matters on a multi-jurisdictional basis and heads the employment group’s international technology work stream. Adam has recently been involved in leading the collective redundancy consultation case, involving Woolworths and Bluebird and he has successfully defended in the European Court of Justice Bluebird’s position in relation to the meaning of an establishment. Some examples of his work include: advising London Stock Exchange on the global employment issues arising from the acquisition and separation of Russell Investments. London Stock Exchange acquired Russell Investments for US $2.7m and advising on the reorganisation of the business which will result in the retention of the index business and the sale of the investment management business; advising CooperVision on the global restructure following the acquisition of Sauflon for US$ 1.2m; advising a number of global banks on the global outsourcing of recruitment, payroll and IT. The projects involved providing advice in numerous countries; advising a global taxi app on the employment, tax and regulatory issues in up to 40 countries; advising Anglo America Plc and De Beers on international employment matters and the restructure of the business; advising Amlin Plc on a global reorganisation involving advising on TUPE/ARD, negotiations with works councils and the establishment of a special negotiating body; advising various listed companies on the restructuring of their boards including advising on the exiting of various executive board members. Adam specialises in acting for financial services and technology clients.


Trained Gouldens (now Jones Day), qualified October 1996; SJ Berwin, employment solicitor, London, 1996-2003; DLA Piper, partner, 2005 to present.


Employment Lawyers Association; Law Society.


Leeds University, (1991, BA (Hon) Economics and Economic Social History); York College of Law (1992, Common Professional Examination; 1993, Law Society Finals); Leeds University (1994. MA (Hons) Human Resource Management).

London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

DLA Piper 'always responds in a timely manner and maintains an excellent level of service no matter the problem' with 'a team of great lawyers who are professional, knowledgeable and friendly'. The group handles the full gamut of employment issues and 'benefits from the firm's outstanding global footprint that provides an invaluable international reach'. In a recent highlight, department head Adam Hartley defended Uber in the Court of Appeal in litigation relating to the worker status of its drivers; other work includes Jonathan Exten-Wright acting for a client in a claim brought by an employee regarding employment termination issues and injunctive relief preventing the dismissal, handling the application of TUPE for Hitachi Rail Europe following its successful bid for the Intercity Express Programme and Hartley assisting the London Stock Exchange Group with the employment elements of its acquisition of Citi Group's data business. ITV, HSBC, Park Plaza and Pfizer are also clients.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

IP, transactions and competition are the three key focal points for DLA Piper.  Bonella Ramsay leads the team and has expertise in IP, regulatory and contractual matters. Key figures from the IP side include Richard Taylor,  Claire Bennett and Ruth Hoy. Hoy recently assisted Kite Pharma with the management of its global trade mark portfolio. Bennett represented Novo Nordisk in patent litigation against Regeneron, which involved transgenic mice being used to create human monoclonal antibodies. She has additional expertise in competition law and acted for Merck KGaA in its appeal to the CAT with respect to the CMA’s fines of £45m, where it was alleged that the client paid drugmakers to delay the production of cheaper alternatives. Also recommended are employment expert Adam Hartley and merger control specialist Alexandra Kamerling.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.‚Ä©
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