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Michael McCartney

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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 and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

With 'a personable and practical approach', Fladgate LLP is recognised for its strength in transactional work, often with an international element; it recently advised Penguin Books on the employment aspects of the sale of its travel guide business to APA Publishing. Build-a-Bear Workshop, Audiobloom, Parkway Entertainment, Opus Group and Soothe Massage are also clients. Taj Rehal leads the department following Nick Tsatsas' departure to Keystone Law; client praise Rehal as 'an incredibly practical and commercial lawyer who is very business focused and pragmatic'. Michael McCartney and senior associate Mike Tremeer are also names to note.

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