David Smellie > Farrer & Co > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Farrer & Co
66 LINCOLN'S INN FIELDS
LONDON
WC2A 3LH
England

Living Wage

Work Department

Employment.

Position

David is head of the Employment team. He has wide experience of advising commercial and institutional clients including newspapers, magazines, banks and academic establishments. David advises on restructuring and redundancy programmes and on the complexities of the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations, as well as handling industrial disputes, team moves and individual cases. He is a regular author of Croner’s publications and writes chapters for both Butterworths Commercial and Tolley’s Personnel precedents. David was runner-up in the Employment Lawyer of the Year award sponsored by the Insiders Guide to Employment Lawyers and is given a four star rating in the same guide. He is rated as a leading expert in the field by both Chambers and Legal 500.

Career

Trained at Farrer & Co; qualified in 1989; made a partner 1996.

Languages

French.

Education

St John’s College, Cambridge (MA).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Employment > Employers

(Hall of Fame)

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London > Public sector > Education: schools

(Hall of Fame)

David SmellieFarrer & Co

Headed up by Jonathan Eley, Farrer & Co stands out for its work for UK independent schools and groups of schools. Key areas of work include Covid-related queries, school M&A, racial discrimination and equality matters, immigration work, and employment and HR issues. The firm has notably strong expertise in child protection and safeguarding work, housing a dedicated safeguarding unit. David Smellie has specialist expertise in safeguarding and child protection work for schools, while Katie Fudakowski, who has a wealth of experience in discrimination and SEND litigation, has advised on peer-on-peer abuse and gender-based violence matters. Sam Macdonald regularly handles high-level restructuring and complex governance issues, and associate Alice Yandle supports schools on employment, education and child protection matters.

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

(Hall of Fame)

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London > Public sector > Education: individuals

(Hall of Fame)

David SmellieFarrer & Co

London > Employment > Senior executives

(Hall of Fame)

David SmellieFarrer & Co

With ‘a world of experience in handling senior employment matters‘, Farrer & Co has a long-established reputation acting for clients at FTSE companies, leading banks, and in a range of other industries including the aviation sector.  It advises on high-profile exits and appointments, often involving a senior team, severance packages, breaches of contracts and restrictive covenants. It also assists clients regarding regulatory investigations, reputational protection issues and discrimination and whistleblowing cases. The hugely experienced David Smellie, who leads the group, also advises employers and William Dawson is a well-known senior consultant. David Hunt‘s practice also includes senior executive work in addition to employer side matters, while Eleanor Rowswell garners much respect from peers and clients; ‘she is adept at gaming out the scenarios and devising strategies for successful conclusion‘ and ‘has a great bed-side manner‘. Anna Birtwistle is considered ‘a class act‘ when it comes to negotiating high-value exits, misconduct investigations in the financial services sector and discrimination and whistleblowing cases. Senior associates include the ‘brilliantAlice Cave, whose expertise ranges from negotiated exits to court proceedings.