Firms To Watch: Senior executives

Pre-eminent in the media and entertainment space, Lee & Thompson LLP‘s growing senior executives practice also represents former senior government ministers, HR directors, business critical engineers and private equity and law firm partners in a range of disputes and negotiations. James Baker is described as 'good humoured and unfailingly charming to deal with... calm under pressure and an excellent negotiator.'
Naylah Hamour joined the growing Spencer West LLP team from Axiom DWFM in 2023, bringing with her experience in litigation up to High Court level and strengths that span discrimination law, whistleblowing claims and the enforcement of restrictive covenants. Founding partner Simeon Spencer heads up the practice.

Senior executives in London

Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP

Recognised for its ‘willingness to litigate new points of law for clients and take risks’, the team at Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP specialises in both contentious and non-contentious work. The firm advises prominent individuals in financial companies, various retailers, and media companies on appointments and departures. Gareth Brahams spearheads the practice with a ‘tactical nous that it unmatched anywhere in the City,’ leading on cases concerning whistleblowing, unfair dismissal and sexual misconduct. Specialising in employment law, Claire Dawson handles cross-jurisdictional disability discrimination cases. Other key team members include Paula Chan, who is ‘strategically astute, meticulous and attuned to the client’s needs’, and regularly handles high-value disability discrimination and victimisation cases, and Polly Rodway, who leads on public sector appointments and departures as well as general team moves. Nick Wilcox, whose forte is regulatory work, is noted for his ‘outstanding strategic direction’. Clare Brereton, who made partner in March 2023, specialises in harassment and whistleblowing cases. Managing associate Samantha Prosser is also commended.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Brahams

Other key lawyers:

Claire Dawson; Paula Chan; Polly Rodway; Nick Wilcox; Clare Brereton; Samantha Prosser


‘The team at BDBF is highly respected – they have a hands-on approach to serving their clients that delivers excellent results. The quality of service is consistently high throughout the team and there is strength in depth. They are a responsive, well organised and very user-friendly team.’

‘Paula Chan is a stand-out individual – she is strategically astute, meticulous and attuned to the client’s needs.’

‘BDBF has boutique DNA with established-firm resources and experience with a willingness to litigate new points of law for clients and take risks.  One of the best and most innovative firms out there.’

‘Nick Wilcox is hard working and remains cool under pressure. Outstanding strategic direction and client-handling skills.’

‘Nick Wilcox is very experienced, with strong client relationships.’

‘Gareth Brahams is a titan of the employment law world. Combines an encyclopedic knowledge of key employment law principles with a tactical nous that it unmatched anywhere in the City. A formidable negotiator.’

‘Claire Dawson is top notch. Able to process and digest vast volumes of material in order to pull out the key issues in a case. Her judgement is impeccable.’

Key clients

Bradley Jones (JP Morgan)

Declan Meenan (Tesco)


Work highlights

  • Acted for Declan Meenan in a whistleblowing case against Tesco’s in-house pension fund management company.
  • Acted for Bradley Jones in Tribunal litigation with JP Morgan relating to the interaction between unfair dismissal remedies of re-employment and an employer’s duty to assess its employees’ fitness and propriety under the FCA’s Senior Managers Regime.
  • Instructed by Protect, the whistleblowing charity, in the case of Kong v Gulf International Bank (UK) Limited.

CM Murray LLP

Known as an ‘exceptional firmCM Murray LLP offers specialist advice on multijurisdictional exit negotiation, as well as counselling on settlement packages and restrictive covenant cases. Founder and managing partner Clare Murray co-heads the team with Merrill April, who is praised for her ‘razor-sharp common sense’ when handling corporate reshuffling and reviewing payout values. The firm also handles a broad range of cases including whistleblowing, gross misconduct and bullying claims. Other key team members include David Fisher and Emma Bartlett, who work on cases regarding constructive dismissal and disability discrimination claims. Sarah Chilton typically handles pregnancy harassment and contentious departure cases.

Practice head(s):

Clare Murray; Merrill April

Other key lawyers:

David Fisher; Emma Bartlett; Sarah Chilton


‘Merrill April is smart with excellent technical skills combined and a razor-sharp common sense.’

‘The team at CM Murray is extremely personable, reliable, and highly pragmatic at all times.’

‘CM Murray is an exceptional firm who are a sought-after speaker team with brilliant insights.’

‘Merill April is an outstanding lawyer. She has an international employment law practice with a top-notch reputation from executives to private companies.’

‘They do great high-level executive work, offering specialist advice and representation whilst also being very down-to-earth and easy to work with.’

‘Emma Barlett – brilliant partner. Great to work with – intelligent, efficient, a team player, and very down to earth. Love working with her and would highly recommend to anyone.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a Chief Operating and Financial Officer on their departure from one of the FTSE 100 companies and their move to another FTSE 100 role.
  • Advised a senior executive in the insurance industry on an investigation into allegations of gross misconduct and their subsequent negotiated exit.
  • Advised a senior executive and founder of a global fintech company on his departure and related ownership and financial interests.

Farrer & Co

The employment team at Farrer & Co is noted for its expertise in the financial sector, excelling in contentious employee protection work with specialist investigations proficiency. The practice is led by founder David Smellie, who advises on crisis management and leads on employment related safe-guarding matters. Frequently dealing with high-profile and high-value matters, the firm is a popular choice for senior individuals in highly regulated sectors. Co-heads of the practice Eleanor Rowswell and Anna Birtwistle expand the team’s expertise to complex cross-border mediation and arbitration, with increasing focus on contractual High Court disputes. Also highly regarded is David Hunt, known for his expertise in partner moves and restrictive covenant cases. Kathleen Heycock advises on post-termination restriction issues, while Alice Cave works on high-value whistleblowing cases. Alice Yandle - praised for her 'great tactical sense' - routinely handles exits in the financial services, insurance, and tech sectors.

Practice head(s):

David Smellie

Other key lawyers:

Eleanor Rowswell; Anna Birtwistle; David Hunt; Kathleen Heycock; Alice Cave; Alice Yandle


‘Kathleen Heycock a superb lawyer. She is great at understanding the nuances of a situation and guiding the client to be practical.’

‘David Smellie and David Hunt have a wealth of legal expertise and practical experience. They give great attention to detail, and are great tacticians and wonderful with clients.’

‘Alice Yandle has great tactical sense and can draw on her deep knowledge of all aspects of employment law.’

‘Farrer & Co’s breadth of technical expertise enables them to provide great advice and solutions with a personable approach.’

‘The Farrer & Co team is exceptionally responsive and practical. They go to great lengths to understand the sector in order to give thoughtfully tailored advice and service.’

‘Expert advice delivered with empathy.’

Key clients

The pilot members of the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA)

Lateral hire partners joining Ernst & Young

Work highlights

  • Acting for the individual members of the British Airline Pilots Association in all employment-related matters affecting them, including representing individuals in Employment Tribunal proceedings.
  • Provided independent legal advice to 85 new lateral partner hires on their recruitment to EY.
  • Advised five prominent individuals on their move as a team to a new employer.

Kingsley Napley LLP

Known for possessing the ‘all-important superb knowledge and technical skills’, Kingsley Napley LLP is instructed by a breadth of high-profile clients. In a recent highlight, team head Corinne Aldridge supervised the independent investigation into Cressida Dick’s departure from the Metropolitan Police; she also provides expertise in sex discrimination cases. Core specialisms of the firm include a range of regulatory issues, exit negotiations, and whistleblowing cases. Nick Ralph handles issues relating to unfair dismissal and victimisation in financial misconduct matters, while Adrian Crawford advises on age discrimination claims. Andreas White and senior consultant Richard Fox regularly handle high-profile whistleblowing claims. Senior associates Moira Campbell and Natasha Forman handle grievances and discrimination in the financial sector. Senior associate Andy Norris is also commended.

Practice head(s):

Corinne Aldridge

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Crawford; Nick Ralph; Andreas White; Richard Fox; Moira Campbell; Natasha Forman; Andy Norris


‘Adrian Crawford was invaluable during the proceedings. He was always calm, patient and ensured he got the best possible result.’

‘The level of care and attention, in addition to the all-important superb knowledge and technical skills, was invaluable.’

‘The team’s professionalism and knowledge of the field was very strong.’ 

‘Nick Ralph has exemplary knowledge of the law and tried various methods in order to achieve the best possible outcome. He was methodical and very professional throughout negotiations.’

‘My experience is of the team working well together with a seamless service.’

Key clients

Dame Cressida Rose Dick DBE QPM

Work highlights

  • Advised Dame Cressida Rose Dick on her departure from the Metropolitan Police.

Lewis Silkin

Equally well versed in contentious and non-contentious work relating to senior executives, the ‘universally excellentLewis Silkin team is particularly active in advising individuals on complex contractual arrangements and reputation management issues. Another strength of the firm is acting in the full range of discrimination ligation and arbitration, including race and sex discrimination cases, with paternity discrimination claims presenting an area of increasing activity. Nicholas Hadaway spearheads the team, leading on whistleblowing and conduct investigation cases. Other key names include Richard Miskella, who assists with exit negotiations, and ‘clever and pragmatic’ Toni Lorenzo, who advises on team moves and restrictive covenants. Tarun Tawakley and managing associates Laetitia Cooke and Sarah McWhinney are likewise noted.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Hadaway


Other key lawyers:

Richard Miskella; Toni Lorenzo; Tarun Tawakley; Laetitia Cooke; Sarah McWhinney


‘Laetitia Cooke combines excellent legal and procedural knowledge with a detailed knowledge of the factual background. She has sound judgment and is a real pleasure to work with.’

‘Nicholas Hadaway is enormously commercially savvy when acting for senior execs in statutory employment law.’

‘They are a top tier firm able to cover all aspects of employment law, both at the statutory and the more commercial end. Their lawyers are universally excellent.’

‘Toni Lorenzo – clever and pragmatic, and blessed with great judgement.’

‘This energetic team combines in-depth knowledge of the law with excellent people skills and an ability to identify and deliver timely, practical solutions to their clients’ problems.’

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Lauded as ‘fantastic, the team at Mishcon de Reya LLP advises on a range of high-value corporate team moves and reshuffles, as well as assisting with complex restrictive covenant issues, and a breadth of investigatory work. Team head Daniel Naftalin is noted for his regulatory expertise, while Susannah Kintish and Jennifer Millins handle remuneration agreements and unlawful termination challenges. Joanna Blackburn is ‘a one-woman powerhouse’ who represents senior executives throughout disciplinary and dismissal processes, and also handles sex discrimination claims. Other key team members are Greg Campbell, who works on reputation management cases, Sharon Tan, who handles whistleblowing claims, and managing associate Matthew Wood.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Naftalin

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Blackburn; Jennifer Millins; Susannah Kintish; Greg Campbell; Sharon Tan; Matthew Wood; Katie Mahoney


‘Joanna Blackburn is a one-woman powerhouse – intellectually robust, emotionally savvy, impeccably informed – and, in my opinion, quite simply the best.’

‘Daniel Naftalin was incredible – he balances experience and strategic thinking with real humility and humanity.’

‘Jennifer Millins is a no-nonsense professional with a deep knowledge of employment law.’

‘Exceptional communication from engagement to completion with all points of contact equally effective in delivering an efficient and highly personal response to any emails and communication.’

‘The team at Mishcon de Reya are fantastic – led brilliantly by Daniel Naftalin. The team work together seamlessly.’ 

‘Daniel Naftalin was incredible – his balance of experience and strategic thinking with real humility and humanity was astounding.’ 

‘Katie Mahoney is absolutely standout with exceptional client relationships and instils great loyalty and confidence from clients. She has cross-over expertise in statutory employment of a level few solicitors have.’ 

Work highlights

  • Successfully obtained a whistleblowing award of over £1.6m, acting for Vladislav Zabelin in his claim against SPI UK and the majority shareholder of the SPI before the Employment Tribunal.

Withers LLP

Withers LLP‘s ‘highly capable, skilled and knowledgeable team’ handles highly complex cross-jurisdictional senior executive work, spanning both contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm has particular expertise in corporate reshuffling, assisting with arrivals, departures, and reputation control issues. Team lead Meriel Schindler specialises in high-value, cross-jurisdictional exit negotiation and investigatory work. Other key practitioners include Elaine Aarons, who has ‘unparalleled experience’ across all sectors including financial and pharmaceutical; Claire Christy, who handles sexual harassment and discrimination claims, as well as whistleblowing and post-termination restriction matters; newly-promoted partner James Hockin, who advises on cross-jurisdictional arrivals and departures; ‘detailed but pragmatic’ Melissa Paz, who handles complex Employment Tribunal and High Court claims; Hugh More, who has significant contentious expertise; and consultant Lisa Lewinsohn.

Practice head(s):

Meriel Schindler

Other key lawyers:

Elaine Aarons; Claire Christy; James Hockin; Melissa Paz; Hugh More; Lisa Lewinsohn


‘The team led by Elaine Aarons has unparalleled experience, a deftness of touch, commercial and pragmatic approach.’

‘Their expertise, pragmatic advice, coupled with a genuine support and empathy for clients is a powerful combination.’

‘Highly capable, skilled and knowledgeable team. Personalised approach from start to finished and very responsive to a changing landscape.’

‘Melissa Paz is exceptional. Detailed but pragmatic. She is able to build a full view of the situation, go below the surface and understand the case from all angles.’

‘Meriel Schindler is an exceptional legal professional. She has a deep understanding of the law and is skilled in representing clients in a variety of employment-related matters.’

‘The team is responsive with a good knowledge of the law in this field giving sensible and pragmatic advice.’

Doyle Clayton

Doyle Clayton fields a ‘top quality team across the board,’ with particular strengths in sex discrimination in the public sector. The firm also acts in harassment, maternity and pregnancy discrimination cases, in combination with claims for unlawful conspiracy. Peter De Maria spearheads the practice and is known for his work on new service and settlement agreements. With expertise in both contentious and non-contentious exits, Dan Begbie-Clench regularly negotiates severances packages and employment terms. Other key names in the team are Peter Daly, who specialises in public sector discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.

Practice head(s):

Peter De Maria

Other key lawyers:

Dan Begbie-Clench; Peter Daly; Emma Hamnett; Robert Maddox


‘Peter De Maria is one of the most knowledgeable, pragmatic and user-friendly solicitors advising in this practice area.’ 

‘Peter Daly is a truly outstanding lawyer: completely on top of the law, creative and thoughtful, fantastic with clients, able to generate and navigate publicity and press interest, an absolute pleasure to work with.’ 

‘Emma Hamnett has fantastic knowledge and experience in High Court disputes on challenging and technical areas of employment law.’

‘Robert Maddox – excellent client care, ability to deal with both technical detail and think about wider strategy.’

‘Top quality team across the board.’

‘Dan Begbie-Clench was excellent as the partner in charge of this matter. He was empathetic yet robust throughout a difficult process.’ 

‘The Doyle Clayton team provide real strength in depth from partners to junior associates, and have a standout breadth of experience across many industry sectors including tech and private equity. They take a firm position in all cases but are also able to provide realistic commercial advice as to how to handle a case. The collaboration within teams is excellent.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for Allison Bailey, who alleged that she had been discriminated against by her chambers for holding gender critical beliefs, and that this discrimination had been induced, caused or instructed by Stonewall per s111 Equality Act 2010.
  • Instructed by professors at Oxford University to challenge the University’s statutes which impose enforced retirement.
  • Acted for Maya Forstater in a case which successfully established gender critical beliefs as protected under the Equality Act 2010.

Fox Williams LLP

Recommended for its ‘breadth of practice’, Fox Williams LLP advises senior executives across a range of industries, with particular focus on the financial sector. The firm's core work ranges from cross-jurisdictional sex and race discrimination cases, to contentious departure work and breach of contract claims. Team head Joanna Chatterton is noted for her expertise in complex and high-value whistleblowing claims, as well as her knowledge in regulatory law. Jane Mann is ‘much respected,’ for her handling of commercial settlements, departures and corporate restructuring, particularly in the banking and professional services sectors. Other key team members include Aron Pope and David Murphy.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Chatterton

Other key lawyers:

Jane Mann; Aron Pope; David Murphy


‘Strong relationship-based law firm with good technical capability and breadth of practice to provide relevant support.’

‘Jane Mann is hugely experienced and much respected. She is an excellent adviser in complex and high-value senior executive disputes.’

‘The knowledge and skill of people within the organisation that can be called on quickly and effectively was impressive. Their strength is their collective knowledge.’ 

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mike Curless on his application to the Court of Appeal for disclosure of information over which Shell claimed legal professional privilege.
  • Represented Zhoufang Wei, a senior banker, at a hearing in the Employment Tribunal in which she argued that the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce had discriminated against her on the grounds of her sex.

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Specialising in employment issues in the creative sectors, Harbottle & Lewis LLP advises a range of senior executives on a breadth of issues. Co-headed by Yvonne Gallagher and Howard Hymanson, the team regularly handles shock termination cases, High Court occupational stress claims, and exit packages. Also working in the financial and technology fields, the team handles corporate reshuffling, sensitive and complex investigatory work, and sex discrimination and bullying claims.

Practice head(s):

Yvonne Gallagher; Howard Hymanson


‘The team are exceptionally thorough in their work, assuring absolute confidence in their work and advice.’

‘Really felt valued, respected and most importantly, listened to. I felt confident that the outcome would be successful.’

‘Personable touch and care with attention to detail every step of the way.’

Work highlights

  • Represented Joanna Torode in a High Court occupational health stress claim, seeking personal injury damages against her employer Ropes & Gray.
  • Advised the Managing Director of one of the UK’s major record labels on the shock termination of his employment, his potential claims against the record label and increasing the exit package offered.

Keystone Law

Keystone Law is noted for its ‘deep experience‘, with particular strengths in cross-jurisdictional exit negotiation, whistleblowing cases, unlawful dismissal claims, and settlement agreements. Helen Sherborne acts on high-value and high-profile cases spanning the breadth of discrimination litigation, including claims relating to sex, age, and disability. Angharad Harris leads on corporate investigations and negotiates business departures, while Clive Howard advises on unfair dismissals, regularly appearing before the Employment Tribunal. Other key figures are Alistair French, whose broad caseload encompasses contentious and non-contentious work, and Jane Wheeler, who is a key contact for businesses and senior executives from a broad range of industries, including fitness, advertising and charity.

Other key lawyers:

Helen Sherborne; Angharad Harris; Clive Harris; Alistair French; Jane Wheeler; Marie Van Der Zyl; Clive Howard; Emma Clark


‘Clive Howard is very experienced, combining great legal knowledge with litigation nous. He is well respected by opponents, and an excellent no-nonsense negotiator.’

‘Jane Wheeler is an exceptional adviser. Her advice is always considered, straightforward and sensitive to the needs of our business. She is always responsive and feels like an extension of our in-house team.’

Angharad Harris is an exceptionally talented, knowledgeable and detail-oriented professional. She was fully focused on getting the best outcome; she is outstanding.’

‘Emma Clark has been an outstanding professional. She has been patient, diligent and very human.’

‘My experience with Keystone Law was excellent. The team were very professional and I appreciated their deep experience of employment law. Of great value was the direct and straightforward approach to dealing with my matter: the advice I received was relevant, tailored to my needs and presented in a clear and concise fashion.’

‘Alistair French at Keystone Law is very approachable and responsive. He is very calm and is excellent at communicating and providing reassurance in difficult times. He is a strategic thinker who provides thoughtful advice around approaching legal difficulties.’ 

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Recommended for its ability to handle ‘the most complex and strategically important issues‘, Winckworth Sherwood LLP advises on a range of corporate restructuring and regulatory matters, as well as providing contentious and non-contentious exit guidance. The firm’s core work ranges from acting in extensive discrimination litigation and whistleblowing claims, to advising on breaches of contract. Team head Jo Keddie advises on high-value renumeration terms and complex unfair dismissal issues. Louise Lawrence assists with post-termination restrictive covenants and handles complex sex discrimination cases with an ‘unerring commercial instinct‘. Andrew Yule typically works on discrimination claims based on perceived disability, while Susan Kelly assists with complex negotiation issues.

Practice head(s):

Jo Keddie

Other key lawyers:

Bettina Bender; Susan Kelly; Louise Lawrence; Andrew Yule


‘Louise Lawrence has an unerring commercial instinct coupled with an exceptional grasp of the law, tactics and strategy needed which enables her to guide and advise clients to a successful outcome.’ 

‘Susan Kelly was outstanding. Confident, strong, astute, efficient, and everything one could want in a lawyer.’ 

‘Louise Lawrence provided an outstanding service.’

‘The team has genuine strength and depth, with senior lawyers able to provide clear and pragmatic advice on the most complex and strategically important issues whilst also being down to earth, highly efficient and extremely responsive.’

‘Andrew Yule is highly responsive, a clear communicator and a great strategic mind. Always able to think on his feet, with a calm, engaging approach.’

‘This is the second time I have been represented by Jo Keddie and her team, and based on my experience to date, I wouldn’t consider using another lawyer or law firm. Simply exceptional.’

‘Jo Keddie is a master strategist and appears to have an innate ability to navigate the most complex of cases whilst always staying one step ahead. Her whistleblowing expertise is the best I\’ve seen and something you can see and feel from the moment she represents you.’


Bates Wells

The team at Bates Wells is best known for dealing with exit negotiation, whistleblowing and harassment claims. Team head Lucy McLynn handles breaches of restrictive covenants, while Paul Jennings specialises in class actions and is leading an ongoing test case regarding the rights of multi-app workers. The firm also deals with term negotiation for non-contentious retail matters. Senior associate Hannah Wright handles sex discrimination litigation, while recently-promoted partner Rachel Mathieson is active on regulatory compliance matters. Another key team member is William Garnett.

Practice head(s):

Lucy McLynn

Other key lawyers:

Paul Jennings; Hannah Wright; Rachel Mathieson; William Garnett


‘Paul Jennings was absolutely fantastic – calm, empathetic and thoughtful in his case management.’

‘The team has high expertise and treats clients with empathy.’

‘Lucy McLynn provides excellent, thoughtful advice. She has good judgement on a range of issues, not just legal expertise. ’

Work highlights

  • Acting in a test case against Uber Eats UK, Uber Portier BV and Uber London which is supported by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and looks at the potentially discriminatory effect of artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace, and the status of individuals who multi-app.
  • Acting for Sarah Blair-Manning, former CEO of Nottingham Castle Trust, in her whistleblowing complaints about the Trust.
  • Advised Nick Beighton, former founder and CEO of ASOS, on his appointment as CEO of Matches Fashion and Chairman of LRG (trading as Secret Sales).

Bellevue Law

Bellevue Law is a boutique firm handling a range of disputes in the financial and professional services, and the education sectors. Team head Florence Brocklesby 'has vision, courage, and drive'; she specialises in sex discrimination cases, focusing on an ethical approach to employment law and championing women in the legal profession. The firm also handles constructive dismissal claims and contentious exit negotiation. In recent team news, Georgina Calvert-Lee, who focuses on misconduct and whistleblowing claims, joined from McAllister Olivarius in May 2022, while Susie Al-Qassab, who deals with unfair dismissal claims, joined from Hodge Jones & Allen in September 2022. Other key names in the team include Leigh Edgar and Victoria Misselbrook, who advise clients on both sides of recruitment issues, as well as changes to terms and post-termination restrictions.

Practice head(s):

Florence Brocklesby

Other key lawyers:

Georgina Calvert-Lee; Susie Al-Qassab; Leigh Edgar; Victoria Misselbrook


‘Florence Brocklesby continues to excel in her painstaking attention to detail, exceptional client care and legal foresight. A formidable employment lawyer and trusted adviser to senior executives, who maintains clear, strategic command of her complex cases.’

‘Victoria Misselbrook provides outstanding client care with a genuine commitment to resolving the difficulties of modern employers, frequently in the face of unpredictable claimants levelling serious allegations. Brings an air of implacable calm and rigour which helps clients to de-escalate disputes and find sensible, practical and innovative solutions.’

‘Susie Al-Qassab should be the first choice for senior executives with workplace issues for her ability to digest huge volumes of material to drill-down into the key issues in a case. She maintains an almost photographic memory of key documents and information, which makes her a formidable litigator.’

Work highlights

  • Representing the female VP EMEA of a global technology company after a global restructuring meant a significant part of her role was allocated to a male hire.
  • Advising both the MD and Chief Commercial Officer (both co-founders) of a well-known fintech business on their negotiated exits from the business.
  • Advising the Head of External Affairs on a negotiated exit following proposed changes to her role at a household name bank being made, resulting in a significantly reduced scope, following her return from maternity leave.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP handles a range of disputes in the financial services sector, as well as assisting with cross-jurisdictional contract termination and corporate reshuffling. The team is spearheaded by the ‘clever and pragmatic’ Tim Spillane, who leads on exit negotiation cases regarding sex and race discrimination. Jonathan Goldsworthy specialises in negotiation strategy and Employment Tribunal claims, while legal director Penny Hunt has expertise in sensitive litigation and regularly handles contentious departures.

Practice head(s):

Tim Spillane

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Goldsworthy; Penny Hunt; Elizabeth Lang


‘Tim Spillane is excellent. He is clever and pragmatic, and a joy to work with.’

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP handles a range of mandates for senior executives, with particular expertise in advisory work. The team also handles contentious exits and unfair dismissals, and acts in Employment Tribunal claims. Team head Nick Hurley is well versed in a breadth of discrimination, victimisation and whistleblowing claims. Michael Powner‘s workload spans the full range of employment-related issues, including disciplinary proceedings and harassment claims. Another key member of the team is Trevor Bettany.

Practice head(s):

Nick Hurley

Other key lawyers:

Michael Powner; Anne-Marie Balfour; Trevor Bettany; Nick Hawkins


‘The practice is very focused upon obtaining justice for ex-employees and is sympathetic to the pressures faced by individuals when facing multinational firms in employment disputes.’

‘Nick Hurley has a pragmatic and practical approach, which combined with his extensive experience makes him a very good judge of the best course of action to take.’

‘I was very impressed by their flexibility.’

‘I have worked with Nick Hawkins, who was brilliant. He’s the ideal senior associate and no doubt one to watch for the future. He’s got a really strong legal understanding, excellent manner with clients, and is acutely aware of the particular sensitivities of senior executive work.’

Edwin Coe LLP

Edwin Coe LLP handles the full range of discrimination claims for senior executives, including those relating to sex, race and disability. Other key areas of work span whistleblowing cases, redundancy processes and severance negotiations. Linky Trott spearheads the team, and regularly deals with misconduct allegations. Another noted team member is the ‘marvellous’ Emma Sangeelee, who specialises in disability discrimination claims. Clare Gilroy-Scott handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, mainly exit and settlement negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Linky Trott

Other key lawyers:

Emma Sangeelee; Clare Gilroy-Scott; Alexandra Bonner


‘Emma Sangeelee is marvellous – knowledgeable, dedicated, strategic and had her client’s back to the bitter end.’

‘Clare Gilroy-Scott is excellent. She is kind, professional and on top of the law and current practice.’

‘Linky Trott and Emma Sangeelee are highly talented, experienced and dedicated professionals and are supported by a committed and impressive team.’

‘Linky Trott is smart, hard working and dedicated in her pursuit of the best outcome for her client. She draws on her wealth of experience of employment issues and prevailing market trends and on her technical expertise to provide well considered, pragmatic and strategic advice.’ 

‘The Edwin Coe practice has excellent breadth and depth of experience and is unique in its well balanced delivery of professional litigation work alongside a dedicated and empathetic approach to its clients. It is a truly wonderful firm and group of professionals.’

Excello Law

The team at Excello Law covers both contentious and non-contentious matters ‘with unwavering dedication to achieving a positive outcome’ and regularly advises senior executives on exit negotiations and corporate restructuring. Co-head David Greenhalgh specialises in discrimination work, while his counterpart Hina Belitz is noted for her expertise in negotiating settlement agreements and handling restrictive covenant issues. Sarah King is ‘very calm under pressure’ and typically acts in gross misconduct and discrimination litigation. In addition, the firm is well known for victimisation and unfair dismissal work. Nelu Abeygunasekera works with high-profile executives and negotiates complicated high-value, post-termination restrictions.

Practice head(s):

David Greenhalgh; Hina Belitz

Other key lawyers:

Sarah King; Nelu Abeygunasekera


‘David Greenhalgh is an extremely skilled practitioner. He combines honed practical advice with a razor-sharp strategic outlook. The go-to employment lawyer for senior executives.’

‘Sarah King stands out. She is very calm under pressure, resourceful, fights hard for her clients and is very well respected.’

‘Above all, the team’s unwavering dedication to achieving a positive outcome was remarkable. The team fights tirelessly for the best interests and adapts to changing circumstances with resilience and determination.’

‘Hina Belitz is approachable and easy to get along with, and at the top of her game. She has a great understanding of the law. She is robust when needed, but able to put clients at ease.’

‘Nelu Abeygunasekera was extremely warm, interested and effective.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a senior HR client who worked for a charity who was disabled within the meaning of the Equality Act but was being threatened to sign a settlement agreement or be dismissed for gross misconduct.
  • Advising a CEO aged over 65 on age discrimination issues and negotiated high-value settlements after he was exited solely due to his age.
  • Assisted a Senior Software Product Manager in a global firm with a difficult exit allegedly linked to sex and nationality discrimination, amongst other things.

Fox & Partners

Fox & Partners broad client base spans CEOs and senior managing directors, particularly those operating in the financial industry. Team heads Caroline Field and Ivor Adair advise on arrivals and departures, exit negotiations, and restrictive covenants. The teams also handles discrimination claims under the 2010 Equality Act and related whistleblowing claims. Other key team members include Catriona Watt and Dean Fuller, who work on data protection, and statuary and contractual rights claims.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Field; Ivor Adair

Other key lawyers:

Catriona Watt; Dean Fuller


‘The team is extremely personable and supportive but with clear, structured and thought through advice.’

‘Catriona Watt is very impressive. She is strategic and very strong technically, while being very accessible and empathetic.’

‘The team are very reactive, engaging and have a great approach.’

‘They were all engaging, willing to be challenged, and eager to adapt to the client’s needs.’ 

‘Strategic approach, commercial awareness, comprehensive knowledge of legislation/litigation, attention to details and ability to alter their advice to my needs in particular circumstances.’

Leigh Day

With ‘strength and depth from top to bottom’, Leigh Day handles a range of employment disputes, ranging from automatic unfair dismissals to post-termination race discrimination claims. The team is co-headed by Nigel Mackay, who regularly represents senior executives in Employment Appeal Tribunal claims, and Emma Satyamurti, who advises on complex pregnancy and maternity discrimination cases. Other key team members include ‘exceptional’ Mike Cain, who works on claims under whistleblowing legislation, and Annie Powell, who handles constructive dismissal claims in academic contexts. Senior associate Nick Webster specialises in various complex discrimination claims.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Mackay; Emma Satyamurti

Other key lawyers:

Mike Cain; Annie Powell; Kate Robinson; Nick Webster


‘Mike Cain is an exceptional employment lawyer. His advice is unfailingly honest, commercial and practical. His knowledge of the field is second to none.’

‘There is strength and depth from top to bottom.’

‘Nick Webster is an incredible lawyer with judgment and negotiation skills that are second to none.’ 

‘Nigel Mackay is a dedicated, thoughtful and committed practitioner, working very hard on behalf of his clients, with a creative and collaborative approach. He is hugely experienced and not afraid of combat.’

‘Kate Robinson builds a phenomenal rapport with her clients. They can trust her in everything she does.’

‘Annie Powell is an exceptionally capable lawyer with a superb grasp of the legal intricacies of her areas as well as a keen eye for the practicalities.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a GCHQ employee in their claim under whistleblowing legislation, after they were sacked for calling for the resignation of the UK’s most senior civil servant during the final weeks of Boris Johnson’s government.
  • Representing a senior banker in his ongoing age discrimination claim against Citibank.
  • Representing Professor Jo Phoenix in a constructive dismissal and discrimination claim against the Open University.

Payne Hicks Beach LLP

With a client base predominantly comprising senior executives in the financial sector, Payne Hicks Beach LLP‘s ‘exceptional’ team is known for handling Employment Tribunal proceedings. Co-heads Peter McRoberts and James Townsend specialise in reputation management and cross-jurisdictional contractual employment disputes, respectively. Chris Weaver has a broad practice covering both advisory work and litigation. Domonique McRae is another key team member.

Practice head(s):

Peter McRoberts; James Townsend

Other key lawyers:

Chris Weaver; Domonique McRae


‘Peter McRoberts was exceptional. His manner was delightful and his listening skills were highly astute.’

‘Payne Hicks Beach is an exceptional and unique firm, filled with brilliant lawyers.’

‘Peter McRoberts is a highly experienced and established practitioner who has a great knack for being involved in significant and high-profile claims. He acts mainly for claimants and inspires confidence and loyalty in them.’

‘James Townsend is an experienced, confident and assured practitioner, with excellent client care skills. Terrific commercial acumen and a great tactician. A real stand-out legal adviser.’

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has a ‘strategic and empathetic’ approach to assisting senior executives, with a particular focus on contentious departures in the financial sector. Alongside this, the firm advises on non-contentious reshuffling, exit negotiation, and post-termination restriction cases. Paul Mander is experienced at handling the full range of departures, while Ruby Dinsmore is ‘a force to be reckoned with’, and specialises in discrimination litigation, particularly pertaining to gross misconduct and sexual harassment. Other key team members include Tom Walker, who leads on regulatory work, managing associate Hester Jewitt, and senior associate Sarah Mant.


Practice head(s):

Paul Mander

Other key lawyers:

Ruby Dinsmore; Tom Walker; Hester Jewitt; Sarah Mant


‘The team have a holistic approach to giving advice and providing support. They have a strategic and empathetic approach to problem solving.’

‘Ruby Dinsmore has real expertise and depth of experience, with a commitment to getting the right outcome for her client.’

‘Sarah Mant is prompt and provides incredibly useful and detailed responses.’ 

‘Hester Jewitt was proactive and professional.’

‘Tom Walker is very knowledgeable, proactive and effective.’ 

‘Andrew Haywood stood out as extremely compassionate, yet knowledgeable and very communicative.’

‘Ruby Dinsmore I thought was outstanding – she was a force to be reckoned with, yet personable and empathetic at the same time.’

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP handles the gamut of relevant disputes in the financial sector with ‘excellent engagement, insight and knowledge'. Anthony Sakrouge leads the team, focusing on whistleblowing and unfair dismissals, and matters relating to unathorised deduction of wages. Alex Bearman handles age and race discrimination claims, as well as cross-jurisdictional payment omission disputes and gross misconduct charges. Senior associate Jeremy Coy acts for individuals in matters regarding sex discrimination and bullying.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Sakrouge

Other key lawyers:

Alex Bearman; Jeremy Coy


‘The team was excellent as they were sympathetic and professional. They provided sound advice that was easy to understand.’

‘Jeremy Coy – calm and proactive with sensitive clients. He is an excellent team player with comprehensive knowledge of the facts.’

‘This practice stands out because it is brilliant in all key aspects: knowledge, practical advice, speed, transparency of billing, and excellent client service.’

‘Excellent engagement, insight and knowledge, delivery and contacts.’

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood‘s ‘exceptionally strong’ team is instructed by senior executives across a variety of sectors. Paul Reeves leads the team, and handles high-profile cases relating to post-termination restrictions and contentious exits more generally. Anne Pritam and Richard Freedman provide advice on settlement agreements, and departures and arrivals. Other key work includes whistleblowing claims relating to financial impropriety and sexual harassment.

Practice head(s):

Paul Reeves

Other key lawyers:

Anne Pritam; Richard Freedman


‘The Stephenson Harwood team is exceptionally strong, and has consistently remained so over many years, driven by the superb leadership of Paul Reeves.’

‘Paul Reeves is without doubt one of the most talented employment lawyers in the country. He leads a brilliant team by example. He combines outstanding client engagement with close detail to the specifics of every case.’ 

‘Good knowledge of the market, and regularly deals with high-value, high-quality cases.’

‘Paul Reeves is tenacious and really brings the fight for clients whilst remaining commercially astute as to strategic calls in the litigation.’

Work highlights

  • Advised the former Vice President of Investor Relations at AstraZeneca on his move to GSK as Senior Vice President of Business Development.

BDB Pitmans

Typically acting as legal advisors to chief executives, practitioners at BDB Pitmans’ have a ‘depth of experience’ across a broad range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Team head Brian Gegg advises on redundancies and employment terminations, while Caroline Yarrow handles salary and bonus payment disputes. The team is also well versed in whistleblowing and victimisation claims. Tim Hayes has a specialised employment and immigration practice, and advises on departures.

Practice head(s):

Brian Gegg

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Yarrow; Tim Hayes


‘BDB Pitmans offer an extremely user-friendly, partner-led service across the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters for individuals, teams and employers. Their depth of experience on both sides of the table enables them to be very effective at achieving satisfactory outcomes to the most sensitive negotiations.’

‘Caroline Yarrow is an experienced, technically sound, solution-focussed employment partner. She is a sensible, reassuring lawyer in a complex dispute, never unnecessarily raises the temperature but will negotiate hard when required.’

‘Brian Gegg – took time to fully understand the objectives and outcomes of the engagement. Highly communicative throughout and no surprises at the end with the commercial side.’

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Providing a service to ACEVO which involves acting as legal advisors to third sector chief executives when issues against them arise.
  • Represented a senior IT developer at Twitter in the redundancy processed set in motion following the sale of Twitter to Elon Musk.
  • Advised a managing director at the Royal Bank of Canada on how best to navigate the breakdown of his relationship with a senior manager and, in turn, his employer.

Constantine Law Limited

Specialising in advising senior executives within the financial services industry, Constantine Law Limited also provides a full range of services within the recruitment, construction, and public services sectors. The team is spearheaded by John Hayes, who atcs in high-value disability and sex-based discrimination claims. Additional core strengths for the team include regulatory work, corporate reshuffles, and wrongful dismissal claims. Will Clayton handles contentious whistleblowing claims and exit negotiation matters.

Practice head(s):

John Hayes

Other key lawyers:

Will Clayton


‘John Hayes is outstanding, easy to deal with and astute. He is a particularly strong choice for senior executives.’ 

‘John Hayes is extremely hardworking, and brings invaluable highly strategic thinking and oversight to a case. He is a strong and confident litigator.’ 

‘The team are extremely well organised and exceptionally good at identifying the issues and merits of a case at an early stage due to effective collaboration across all seniority levels.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for Caroline Taylor in a case on diplomatic immunity before the Employment Tribunal.
  • Representing Adeline Willis in a remedy hearing against NatWest following a successful merits claim in the Employment Tribunal.


Cripps handles a range of regulatory work, as well as assisting with the negotiation of exit packages and acting in disability discrimination disputes. 'Exceptional' team head Melanie Stancliffe has a particular focus on whistleblowing and misconduct allegations. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Sarah Glockler from Memery Crystal in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Stancliffe

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Glockler


‘Melanie Stancliffe is exceptional and very responsive.’ 

‘Excellent communication and clear and concise advice.’

‘I have been dealing with Melanie Stancliffe for many years now and her knowledge of employment law and specific attention to the pertinent questions needed to be answered is spot on.’

‘Very personable and individually tailored service.’


Praised for its strong expertise in disability discrimination claims, the employment team at didlaw specialises in complex dismissals on unlawful grounds and has recently begun increasing its profile in women’s rights litigation. The boutique firm is headed up by Karen Jackson and partners Anita Vadgama and Elizabeth McGlone; the latter’s specialisms are expanding to include litigation surrounding neurodiversity, menopause, and maternity. Vadgama is a prominent practitioner with experience in mediation who consistently undertakes whistleblowing, victimisation, and harassment cases.

Practice head(s):

Karen Jackson; Elizabeth McGlone; Anita Vadgama


‘Elizabeth McGlone is a stand-out star and a pleasure to work with.’

‘The team have good client care, excellent knowledge and willingness to go above and beyond to get the right results.’

‘Karen Jackson is an outstanding negotiator with excellent client care. She is one of the best working solicitors in this field.’

‘Anita Vadgama has a great manner with clients, and a fantastic pragmatism about her. She is great to work with as part of a team, and also a terrific negotiator.’

‘Didlaw is characterised by the team’s people-focused approach, genuine empathy and ability to provide astute legal advice.’

‘Elizabeth McGlone is not only a force of nature, she is an understanding and clearly well-qualified and experienced solicitor.’ 

Farore Law

Boutique firm Farore Law specialises in cross-jurisdictional regulatory advice, serious misconduct allegations, and constructive unfair dismissal cases. Founder and managing director Suzanne McKie KC handles sexual harassment, gender discrimination and victimisation claims. The firm also advises on issues regarding neurodiversity.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne McKie KC


‘Suzanne McKie and her team understand employment law backwards and forwards. Suzanne’s hyper-direct, no-nonsense style resonates well whether you are facing-off against major international corporations, Hollywood bigshots or simply those on the other side of the aisle. She’s a lion for her clients and her team.’

‘The team is extremely hard working, dedicated and commercial.’

‘Suzanne McKie is an exceptional lawyer. She is very intelligent, pragmatic and commercial. She never, ever gives up and will keep pursuing her arguments regardless of what is thrown at her.’ 

‘The firm has a very positive and personable culture, filled with hand-picked, high-quality individuals at each level.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for Lord Ranger and co-directors in sex discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation claims in the EAT and Court of Appeal.
  • Obtained an Employment Tribunal award against an MP, on behalf of a client in sexual harassment and sex discrimination claims.
  • Acting for an international fashion designer in a dispute regarding sex discrimination and breach of fiduciary duties.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell handles a range of breach of contract proceedings, whistleblowing and harassment claims, and disciplinary actions. The team is spearheaded by ‘well-respected figure in the market’ Shah Qureshi, who advises on race discrimination under the 2010 Equality Act and also handles restrictive covenant work. Other key team members include Deborah Casale and Danielle Parsons, who provide senior executives with expertise in unfair dismissal claims.

Practice head(s):

Shah Qureshi

Other key lawyers:

Deborah Casale; Danielle Parsons


‘Shah Qureshi is a fabulous lawyer with gravitas and a deep understanding of his niche practice.’

‘Irwin Mitchell is a small but powerhouse team specialising in senior executive work, particularly in financial services.’

‘Shah Qureshi heads the team and is a hugely experienced and well-respected figure in the market. Deborah Casale has carved out an enviable niche in financial services work in which she is a calm, level-headed and pragmatic adviser to senior executives.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a senior consultant surgeon in whistleblowing claims.
  • Representing a female senior executive in a race discrimination claim against an oil company.
  • Representing a senior executive director at an investment bank in whistleblowing claims with respect to the checks and controls within investment banks.

Kervin & Barnes

Specialising in the financial services sector, Kervin & Barnes is active in whistleblowing claims and dismissal litigation. Team head Gareth Kervin is an experienced litigator who regularly handles contentious exits, as well as advising on post-termination restrictions. Lucy Truscott often appears before the High Court and Employment Tribunal in a breadth of discrimination claims, including those relating to pregnancy, maternity and sexual orientation.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Kervin

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Truscott


‘The depth of experience is remarkable, but paired with a very clear awareness of commercial implications which helps to guide the client to the optimal solution.’

‘Gareth Kervin is a wily and sophisticated litigator. He goes the extra mile and has a very commercial approach.’

Level Law

Level Law fields a team of 'senior heavyweight specialists' who are well versed in representing senior executives, particularly those operating within the TV and film sector. The team is jointly headed up by Elizabeth Johnson and John Reid, who handle contentious departures and arrivals, assist with employment contract negotiations, and advise on reputation management issues. The team also acts in discrimination cases pertaining to neurodiversity.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Johnson; John Reid


‘Elizabeth Johnson stands out in the team. She understands issues and objectives as if they are her own and she can disentangle and simplify complicated matters with ease. A calm, knowledgeable and smart employment lawyer who is a tenacious negotiator with attention to detail.’

‘John Reid has had a thriving senior executive practice for decades. He is focused, commercial and dedicated.’

‘The employment practice has a solid and impressive team of senior heavyweight specialists as well as sharp juniors and supportive assistants. Together they provide a seamless operation and efficient service.’ 

‘Elizabeth Johnson is exceptional, professional and incredibly commercially astute. She is able to put clients immediately at ease and understand their objectives. She provides fast, pragmatic and sensible advice and is very impressive from start to finish.’

Work highlights

  • Advised on non-player senior executive contracts as part of the acquisition of a premier league football club.
  • Advised on the exit of a CEO from an internationally-recognised company.
  • Advised a senior executive on associated discrimination arising from the invisible disability post-traumatic stress disorder of a child.

Memery Crystal

Specialising in contentious and non-contentious departures across both the public and private sectors, Memery Crystal is well regarded for handling the full range of senior executive matters, such as assisting with remuneration arrangements and resignation navigation, as well as representing clients in discrimination and misconduct allegations. Stephen Ravenscroft moved to Wedlake Bell in October 2023.


‘The team is very responsive, professional and client focused.’

Rahman Lowe Solicitors

Rahman Lowe Solicitors’ well regarded team handles the full breadth of discrimination claims, including those relating to pregnancy, maternity and race. Team head Jahad Rahman handles complex disability matters under the 2010 Equality Act, as well as whistleblowing detriment claims. Zillur Rahman is another key team member.

Practice head(s):

Jahad Rahman

Other key lawyers:

Zillur Rahman


‘Zillur Rahman has excellent knowledge of the law and understands the client’s point of view.’

‘Rahman Lowe Solicitors are a well respected, professional and client-focused firm.’ 

‘Jahad Rahman and Zillur Rahman are exceptional lawyers. They have depth of legal knowledge and experience in this sector; passion and hard work in representing their clients; approachable, client-friendly and thorough.’

‘Zillur Rahman and Jahad Rahman are top class in the area of senior executives; go-to advisers in the field.’

Work highlights

  • Advised on various issues involving a notable sportsperson’s inability to continue playing for health reasons and negotiated a substantial settlement, including a commitment to redeployment in a different role within the club.
  • Successfully negotiated a substantial settlement on behalf of a C-suite Director in a claim of pregnancy and maternity discrimination.
  • Acting for a senior banker in a claim against a global investment bank before the Employment Tribunal and High Court.

Stewarts Law LLP

Specialising in the financial services and banking sectors, Stewarts Law LLP advises a wide range of senior executives. Joseph Lappin handles high-profile and complex whistleblowing cases. The team more broadly acts in a broad range of sex, age, race and disability discrimination claims, often regarding neurodiversity and mental health. Charlie Thompson advises on reshuffling.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Lappin

Other key lawyers:

Charlie Thompson


‘Joseph Lappin is a real star: his reassuring manner belies a ferocious work ethic and ability beyond his years.’

‘Highly focused team delivering work of the highest quality.’

‘Charlie Thompson is very pragmatic and commercial in his approach, but also very empathetic with often extremely vulnerable clients. His legal knowledge is really impressive and he is extremely bright, but he wears it lightly, and is always focused on what is the best outcome for the client. He is a very effective negotiator.’ 

‘Practitioners are of the highest quality, extremely strategic but also strong attention to detail.’ 

‘Charlie Thompson is commercial, practical, personable and highly knowledgeable. Everything you want a litigator to be.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a senior lawyer at a City law firm on their exit following allegations made against another senior lawyer at the firm.
  • Advised a British citizen who was born in Russia on discrimination they experienced after the invasion of Ukraine.
  • Represented a senior M&A professional in complaints relating to sex and age discrimination and equal pay issues.

Wedlake Bell LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP specialises in advising the full range of relevant clients, from executive and non-executive board officers to chief operational officers. William Granger spearheads the practice and advises across a range of sectors including hospitality, professional services and sport; he regularly acts in cross-jurisdictional shareholder disputes, as well as handling contentious and non-contentious departures and arrivals. Adam Grant is another key team member, and is well versed in global restructuring matters, whistleblowing cases, and discrimination claims. Stephen Ravenscroft joined from Memery Crystal in October 2023.

Practice head(s):

William Granger

Other key lawyers:

Adam Grant; Stephen Ravenscroft


‘Empathy and care, quality of advice given and of the support offered. Fast turnaround. Personable team.’

Worden Richmond

Boutique firm Worden Richmond is co-headed by 'exceptional lawyersAlexandra Worden and Catherine Richmond. The team represents a broad range of senior executive clients in unfair dismissals, whistleblowing, sexual harrasment and detriment cases, within both the public and private sectors. The group also covers the full range of advisory work, assisting with contractual post-termination obligations and non-contentious exits.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Worden; Catherine Richmond


‘Both Alexandra Worden and Catherine Richmond are exceptional lawyers with an in-depth knowledge of employment law and great attention to detail. They have the highest standards of service and ethics and they are human and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Alexandra Worden is exceptional – I have rarely worked with a solicitor who is so hard working and dedicated to her clients. She brings all of her years of experience at top City firms to her clients, and has developed a remarkable practice.’

‘Catherine Richmond is a pure joy to work with. She is a great litigation tactician and a creative litigator in the best tradition.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Jonathan Zarembok, a crude oil trader formerly employed by BP, on the judgement in his unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and detriment claims, and on potential grounds of appeal.