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Tim Leaver

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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

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Employment, Pensions and Incentives



Tim is an employment and partnership lawyer in the London Employment team.


With more than 18 years' experience Tim helps clients with their most challenging employment and partnership matters across the full range of sectors. He works alongside clients both domestically and on cross-border issues to deliver pragmatic and commercial solutions, often in time-critical, high-risk and strategically important situations.

Tim helps businesses to resolve both their employment/partnership-related contentious matters (to both execute and avoid litigation), and in other matters affecting their workforces such as strategic advisory matters, M&A, restructuring and protecting business interests.


English and French


Tim is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, European Employment Lawyers Association and the Association of Partnership Practitioners.                                   

London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP 'has one of the strongest employment practices in the market' thanks to 'an outstanding calibre of lawyers who have an excellent reputation and are leaders in the field' with 'genuine experience across every aspect of employment law you can think of'. Team head Andrew Taggart and Peter Frost are 'thought leaders' and 'highly skilled litigators who really stand out above the rest'. Other key figures include Tim Leaver, who 'consistently provides a first-class service and approaches issues with exceptional judgement and commerciality'; Christine Young, who is 'a class leader'; and 'absolutely brilliant' senior associate Jennifer Andrews. The team recently advised BAE Systems Applied Intelligence on large-scale redundancies in multiple jurisdictions, assisted AA with the dismissal of its former executive chairman and acted for the Church of England in a statutory inquiry into the handling of child sex abuse allegations. Senior associate and employment barrister Sian McKinley joined from Chambers of Robin Allen QC in 2017.

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