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Yvonne Gallagher

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Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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Yvonne specialises in employment law, acting for employers and senior executives. She also advises on partnership and LLP issues, including membership rights and disputes. She regularly advises both partnerships and members on rights and obligations, governance issues and disputes. Yvonne covers all aspects of employment law, with a particular interest and expertise in complex TUPE issues, employment status issues and fiduciary duties and protection of confidential information, particularly in relation to team moves. Notable cases include successful defence of a claim for employment status by a self-employed agent of NFU Mutual Insurance Society – one of the UKs largest insurance companies, a number of team move projects for Brewin Dolphin plc and others in the financial services sector, and advice for many organisations including NFUM, Mediaforce UK Limited and Simcorp Limited on managing TUPE obligations in the context of significant commercial transactions. Yvonne lead a team conducting a major due diligence project on HR aspects in relation to ASL Aviation’s acquisition of Farnair, a Swiss Airline.


  • Trained at Copley Clark and Bennettl, qualified 1987
  • Lawrence Graham LLP (Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co from May 2014), 1989-2015 – Assistant solicitor then partner and head of employment and pensions group from 1996
  • Harbottle & Lewis Partner 2015. Publications of note: author of TUPE section of Knights Guide to Best Value (a Tolley publication) 1995 to date


  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Association of Partnership Practitioners


  • Sacred Heart High School Hammersmith London W6
  • University of London King’s College, LLB Hons 2:1 (1981-84)
  • College of Law Lancaster Gate, Solicitors Final Examination (1984/85)

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 unconventional' Howard 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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