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Lewis Silkin LLP

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James Davies

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Lewis Silkin LLP

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Employment, reward and immigration.


Partner and joint head of employment reward and immigration, specialising in all aspects of employment law with a special interest in international employment law; discrimination law (particularly age discrimination); and TUPE.


Articled Denton Hall 1986; qualified 1988; solicitor Denton Hall London 1988-90; solicitor Denton Hall Hong Kong 1990-91; solicitor Lewis Silkin 1992-95; partner Lewis Silkin 1995 to date; director, trustee and management committee: Advice on Individual Rights in Europe (AIRE Centre); chair of Employment Lawyers Association working groups; publications: two books, and regular contributor to national, legal and personnel media.


English, French.


European Employment Lawyers Association; Industrial Law Society; Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; Employment Lawyers Association; Ius Laboris; International Bar Association.


Ysgol Gyfun David Hughes, Menai Bridge; Leicester University (1985 LLB Law with French; 1995 LLM Law and Employment Relations); University of Strasbourg, France (1984 Diplome d’Etudes Juridiques Françaises); Harvard Law School (2014 Law Firm Management).


Welsh rugby, sport, travel to farflung places.

London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Leading individuals

James Davies - Lewis Silkin LLP

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

With 'unrivalled experience and knowledge', Lewis Silkin LLP's 'absolutely first-class practice' is 'top drawer' and 'has market-leading strength in the field'. The group is 'a go-to name for complex litigation' with recent work including representing Deliveroo in a worker status case, acting for AstraZeneca in a breach of contract claim against a senior executive who joined a competitor and acting for a managing director in a sex discrimination and whistleblowing claim. The department has also been active in investigations; it is advising The Old Vic on an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behaviour during Kevin Spacey's time as artistic director and assisted Rigpa with an independent investigation into allegations of sexual and physical abuse and financial impropriety made by former students against its founding guru. James Davies and Michael Burd jointly lead the firm's employer work while Nicholas Hadaway heads up the senior executive practice. Other key names include 'outstanding practitioner' and litigator Toni Lorenzo, Ellen Temperton, who has 'a superb combination of detailed knowledge and a practical mindset'; the 'highly strategic' Richard Miskella and Colin Leckey, who 'provides strong, commercially driven advice'.

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  • Negotiating the minefield of administrative decisions

    There are many situations where decisions are made by organisations such as local authorities (during the tendering process, the grant of contracts or planning decisions, for example) or professional or disciplinary bodies where a party may wish to challenge the outcome. A party with an interest in a decision may feel aggrieved by the outcome due to what appears to be a conflict of interest by those making the decision, or the appearance of bias. This may have serious consequences for in-house lawyers acting for organisations subject to such decisions, and therefore this briefing is intended to provide a general overview of the areas to consider. Challenging judicial or quasi-judicial decisions where there is a conflict of interest was considered by James Levy in a previous briefing (IHL146, p37-40).
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