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Michael McCartney

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Fladgate LLP

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Michael McCartney is a partner in our employment group, advising primarily businesses on a broad range of employment law issues.

His practice includes acting in high value litigation disputes in the High Court and Employment Tribunal where he has gained particular experience of advising on restrictive covenant issues and international disputes.

Michael has extensive experience of advising clients in the pharmaceutical, IT, media and financial services sectors on the employment aspects of multi-jurisdictional cross-border transactions and restructurings. He has a large international dimension to his practice, working closely with counsel and in-house lawyers across the EU and North America on regional corporate and employment matters.

Michael regularly acts for litigants in High Court business protection claims where allegations of breach of restrictive covenants are involved. Most recently he acted for a global pharmaceutical company in 2018 in a successful claim for the return of valuable confidential information and injunctive relief.  

He also acted for Jardine Lloyd Thompson Plc in the case of Willis Ltd & Anor v Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group Plc & Ors, a claim for US$100m damages and injunctive relief arising from a large scale recruitment exercise. 

Michael is consistently ranked by the Legal 500 for his expertise in employment law.

He was educated at Foyle & Londonderry College and Trinity College, Dublin (graduating in 1996). 

He is a member of the ELA and the International Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Labour and Employment Law.  


Qualified 2001; partner Fasken Martineau LLP 2011; joined Fladgate as a partner 2016.


Trinity College, Dublin (1996 LLB Hons); College of Law (LPC).

London: Human resources

Employment: employers

Within: Employment: employers

Fladgate LLP handles a broad range of both contentious and non-contentious employment matters, representing clients in the High Court and Employment Tribunal and advising on issues such as reorganisations, outsourcing, and corporate acquisitions and disposals. The team's diverse client base includes companies from the IT, pharmaceutical, financial services, transport and retail sectors. Practice head Taj Rehal has experience advising on senior employee dismissals and exits, particularly where reputational risks are involved; Michael McCartney has expertise in restrictive covenant issues and cross-border litigation; 'standout' partner Mike Tremeer was made up in 2018.

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