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Hayley Robinson

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Macfarlanes LLP

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Partner specialising in employment law; experienced in contentious and non-contentious matters, principally advising employers. Recent contentious advice includes substantial unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and discrimination claims. On the non-contentious side, advising employers on employment aspects of corporate reorganisations, restructurings and other change programmes, as well as in relation to difficult HR issues, including sensitive disciplinary and grievance hearings. Particular experience in advising on engagements, exits and other employment-related matters for LLPs and other partnership vehicles, including the enforceability of restrictive covenants in that context. Regularly lectures on employment law matters.


Trained Macfarlanes; qualified 2001; partner 2011.


Employment Lawyers Association.


Withington Girls’ School, Manchester; Birmingham University (1997 LLB).

London: Corporate and commercial


Within: Partnership

Macfarlanes LLP's 'superb' practice has 'excellent knowledge of the area'. It handles the full range of matters for professional practices and LLPs, including major M&A transactions, tax issues, investment management, private client and partnership disputes. Highlights for practice head John Dodsworth included advising US-based Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice on all UK aspects of its business combination with UK-based firm Bond Dickinson. Charles Meek advised New York-based Lexington Partners on the closing of a large-scale tender offer to investors in BC European Capital IX LP, which required multiple agreements with 39 sellers across jurisdictions. Hayley Robinson specialises in employment law and handles a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters primarily for clients in the financial services sector. Mark Baldwin is also recommended.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Macfarlanes LLP fields a team of 'seasoned professionals and up-and-coming young stars who provide a Rolls-Royce service'. 'Highly practical' team head Hayley Robinson and the 'outstanding' Seán Lavin  are key individuals in the group, which handles the full spectrum of employment work. It is noted for its strength in the financial services sector with expertise advising financial institutions, private equity firms and hedge funds; example clients include Legal & General, Liontrust Asset Management, Schroders, Nex Group and Rokos Capital Management.

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