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Jean Lovett

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Employment and incentives.


Jean specialises in employment work, assisting her clients with complex and sensitive advisory matters and employment-related transactions. She regularly acts for companies in relation to the appointment and termination of senior executives, advising boards and remuneration committees on the remuneration, employment law and governance issues arising. Other typical advisory work includes the employment aspects of regulatory investigations and strategic HR-related projects, both UK and multi-jurisdictional, for example, group restructurings/redundancy exercises and the implementation of pension and benefit changes. Jean is particularly well known for her extensive transactional experience, having led the employment/HR workstreams on many of the most significant international and domestic transactions that Linklaters’ clients have undertaken over the last few years, dealing with transaction planning (including appropriate engagement of seller and purchaser with works councils and unions), due diligence, structural issues, retention issues for key management and negotiation of the employment aspects of transactions.


Trainee and assistant solicitor Simmons & Simmons 1989-93; solicitor Linklaters 1993-2001; partner 2001 to date.


London University (BSc Hons).

London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Linklaters LLP provides 'a Rolls-Royce service to its corporate clients in their employment disputes' and 'stands among the best for big-ticket litigation'; it recently represented a doctor in the Court of Appeal regarding his dismissal following him raising concerns and related whistleblowing issues. Other recent mandates include advising several major banks on the employment components of the implementation of ring-fencing rules, assisting AmecFosterWheeler with the employment elements of its takeover by John Wood Group and handling the employment aspects of Schneider Electric's combination with the Aveva software business via a reverse takeover. Commerzbank, Morgan Stanley, Sainsbury's, Unilever and the National Grid are also clients. Nicola Rabson leads the group and is singled out as 'the star of the team'; other key names include the 'highly experienced and thoughtful' Jean Lovett, the 'extremely knowledgeable' Jillian Naylor, managing associate Sinead Casey and counsel David Speakman.

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