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Lewis Silkin LLP

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Richard Miskella

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Lewis Silkin LLP

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Employment, reward and immigration.


Partner in employment, reward and immigration department. Particular focus on media and financial services sectors. Specialisms in high-value litigation, including senior executive terminations, High Court claims (such as restrictive covenant disputes, bonus claims, claims for breach of confidentiality and fiduciary duties, and team moves), whistle blowing, and restructuring. CEDR-accredited mediator.


Trained Pinsents; qualified 2001; associate Lewis Silkin LLP 2001-09; partner Lewis Silkin 2009 to date.


Employment Lawyers Association; CEDR; Ius Laboris.


Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield; Keble College Oxford (1995 BA (Hons) English language and literature); Trinity College Dublin (1996 MPhil Anglo-Irish Literature); Nottingham Law School (1998-99 CPE and PGDL).


Travel, food and drink, supporting Aston Villa and spending time with family.

London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

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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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

The ‚Äėhighly recommended‚Äô department at Lewis Silkin LLP¬† is active across the media and entertainment sector, with expertise covering theatre, publishing, film and TV, music, social and digital media. Jeremy Summers¬†heads the media and entertainment team and advised the Association of Independent Festivals in relation to PRS‚Äôs consultation regarding amendments to the tariff it charges for live music events. Richard Miskella¬†advised The Old Vic theatre in relation to an investigation regarding allegations of inappropriate behaviour during actor Kevin Spacey‚Äôs tenure as Artistic Director. Consultant Phil Rymer¬†acts advises clients in film and television production, finance and distribution and also acts for talent agencies, technical servicing and PR agencies. Simon Entwistle¬†heads the publishing team and advised Think Publishing on its acquisition of a majority stake in Wanderlust and Nick Walker¬†is defending Domino Recording Company in a copyright infringement claim brought by Celtic Music. Cliff Fluet¬†is active across digital and broadcasting instructions; while consultant Nigel Dewar Gibb; Simon Morrissey; and senior associates Alan Hunt¬†and Iain McDonald, who is noted for his IP and sports-sector expertise, are also recommended.

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    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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