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David Smellie

Tel:
Work 020 3375 7000
Email:
Web:
www.farrer.co.uk/people/David-Smellie/
Farrer & Co

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).


London: Human resources

Employment: employers

Within: Employment: employers

Farrer & Co handles work for leaders of the most high-profile companies, including advising on ownership transitions, initial public offerings and both voluntary and involuntary departures. Turning to potentially contentious work, the firm advises on matters such as restrictive covenant disputes. Partnership businesses are an area of expertise - just one area in which practice head David Smellie is active. William Dawson also advises City executives under regulatory fire.

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Employment: senior executives

Within: Leading individuals

David Smellie - Farrer & Co

Within: Employment: senior executives

Farrer & Co handles work for leaders of the most high-profile companies, including advising on ownership transitions, initial public offerings and both voluntary and involuntary departures. Turning to potentially contentious work, the firm advises on matters such as restrictive covenant disputes. Partnership businesses are an area of expertise - just one area in which practice head David Smellie is active. William Dawson also advises City executives under regulatory fire, while Anna Birtwistle, who joined the team from CM Murray in June 2019, has particular expertise with regards to high value negotiated exits, with a strong track record of work for clients in the financial services sector.

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London: Public sector

Education: individuals

Within: Leading individuals

David Smellie - Farrer & Co

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Education: institutions

Within: Leading individuals

David Smellie - Farrer & Co

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Education: schools

Within: Leading individuals

David Smellie - Farrer & Co

Within: Education: schools

Farrer & Co's 'high-quality and fully engaged' education team continues to be at the forefront of acting for national schools on issues such as safeguarding, child protection, data protection and immigration. The team is led by Jonathan Eley and Sam Macdonald, and has a strong reputation for handling high-value, complex and sensitive work for clients. Recent highlights include several cross-border matters led by David Copping and David Smellie relating to the establishment of overseas institutions. Other core members of the group include contracts lawyer Paul Jones; newly made-up partner Maria Strauss, who has experience advising faith-based schools; and Ben Longworth.

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