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Lewis Silkin

Work Department

Employment, reward and immigration.


Partner specialising in all aspects of employment law, including co-ordinating mergers and TUPE transfers, drafting employment documentation, dealing with all the issues arising during employment (eg disciplinary and performance matters), director and senior terminations, working time, information and consultation issues and all aspects of tribunal work.


Trained Denton Hall (now Denton Wilde Sapte); qualified 1991; senior assistant Boodle Hatfield 1994; associate 1996; partner 1997; moved to Lewis Silkin as a partner and head of Oxford office in 2004. Publications of note: weekly column for ‘Personnel Today’ for three years; a range of articles in employment journals and websites; frequent lecturer, particularly on information and consultation, working time, TUPE and other core employment issues.


Basic French; a tiny amount of Mandarin Chinese.


Employment Lawyers Association; Industrial Law Society; Immigration Law Practitioners Association; Ius Laboris.


Wallington High School; Keble College, Oxford (1986 BA Hons Jurisprudence First Class, Rowe and Maw prize for Best Degree).


Family, cycling, skiing, tennis, cricket, hiking, travel, playing rock jazz piano and keyboards, fishing and negotiating with his teenagers.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Employment > Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

(Hall of Fame)

Russell Brimelow – Lewis Silkin

Lewis Silkin‘s large Thames Valley offering has been praised by clients for its ‘innovative and practical approach to all employment law issues’. Core pillars of the group’s practice in the space include TUPE, complex litigation, employment aspects of transactions, and managing international projects – for which the team has a demonstrably strong track record. In terms of personnel, Russell Brimelow  is a pre-eminent employment lawyer in the Thames Valley. Advising on restructurings, redundancy exercises and employment aspects of M&A transactions are the key focuses of practice leader Jonathan Carr. Carolyn Soakell is highly recommended by clients and is well versed in advising law firms on their internal employment issues. James Storke focuses on restructurings, senior executive exits and strategic projects. At associate level, James Walters is known for resolving complex employee relations issues and defending employment tribunal litigation.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Film & TV

Lewis Silkin is a regular advisor to major and independent film and television clients on matters pertaining to talent engagement, content creation, finance, production and exploitation. The team’s contentious capabilities – where Neil Parkes is the main point of contact – include reputation management and defamation, as well as the protection and enforcement of brands and IP rights. Parkes has particular expertise in online content protection strategies and often acts for media giants such as Sky, the Motion Picture Association and the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment. He co-heads the practice with the employment-focused Russell Brimelow.