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Howard Hymanson

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Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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Howard is a partner and head of the employment group. He is a well-known employment lawyer who acts for both employers and senior executives on contentious and non-contentious employment law issues. He also represents high-profile sportsmen in dealing with their contractual disputes. Howard has developed a particular expertise in conducting high-value bullying and discrimination cases and therefore has a significant level of employment Tribunal and High Court litigation experience. During this past year he has been instructed by a number of leading female partners in high-profile law firms and accountancy practices to assist them conducting their claims for sex discrimination, which have resulted in mediated settlements. In contrast to most employment lawyers, Howard also has significant experience in conducting high-value High Court personal injury claims arising through bullying in the work place. He regularly advises on senior executives’ terminations, director/shareholder disputes and restrictive covenant injunctions. Howard represents clients in professional services, professional sports, online travel and leisure, investment banking, media and entertainment sectors, including, LastMinute.Com, Professional Cricketers Association and ISAM UK Ltd (Hedge fund). Howard also is a member of the Legislative and Policy Committee of the Employment Lawyers Association. He has also appeared on Nand radio in connection with some of his high profile discrimination cases, most notably in relation to acting for his client Gillian Switalski in her litigation against F&C Asset management.


Trained Finers Stephens Innocent; qualified 1992; assistant solicitor Fox Williams 1997-2000; partner and co-head of employment Pritchard Englefield; partner and London head of employment Blake Lapthorn Tarlo Lyons 2003-09; partner and head of employment group Harbottle & Lewis 2009.


Legislative and policy committee, Employment Lawyers Association; regularly contributes to and chairs working parties commenting on draft legislation.


Bury Grammar School; University of Birmingham (1989 LLB 2(2)).


Football, film, theatre.

London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Harbottle & Lewis LLP's 'responsive, flexible and unstuffy' department is led by the 'very bright and unconventionalHoward Hymanson, who is 'excellent at spotting and taking up novel points and has a great eye for the bigger picture'. Hymanson focuses on employment litigation and recently defended a client in unfair dismissal and age discrimination claims. Other key practitioners include Marian Derham and Yvonne Gallagher; Derham assisted a senior executive with her exit from Channel 4 and appointment to Apple TV and Gallagher advised Accession Healthcare on the exit of a founding member.

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    Since 2007, Experience Hendrix LLC(Hendrix) and Times Newspapers Ltd (Times) have been litigating over the intellectual property rights (IPR) in a recording of a Jimi Hendrix concert that took place at the Royal Albert Hall in February 1969. In September 2006 Times distributed a free CD, or covermount, with each edition of The Sunday Times . A claim was issued against Times in March 2007 for infringement of copyright and performers’ rights under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. In March 2008 the High Court held that Times had infringed the IPR in the recording and Hendrix elected to have an inquiry as to damages in respect of that infringement. The case has given rise to some complex issues as to the basis for the quantification of damages, and the inquiry is due to be heard next year, but the case is also a reminder of more general considerations in relation to remedies in IPR cases, and why the basis for quantification of those remedies can have far reaching consequences for a successful claimant.

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