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Sharon is a Partner in the Employment department with significant experience advising on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law.

She brings a commercial and strategic approach to the increasing array of employment issues that clients face, and is adept at handling matters ranging from executive contract negotiations/exit arrangements, business restructurings and redundancies to Remuneration Code issues and the operation of forfeiture provisions (malus and claw-back).

Sharon has particular expertise in complex, high-value Employment Tribunal disputes, and High Court litigation, including team moves and the enforcement of restrictive covenants, as well as bonus, discrimination and whistleblowing claims. She has advised LLPs on partnership matters and is well-versed in the issues that affect their members. She also has a breadth of experience advising on the employment aspects of domestic and multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions, and in managing international projects involving complex legal issues and sensitive business considerations. 

Her client base spans multiple business sectors and includes financial and private equity institutions, manufacturers, insurers, sporting organisations, charitable foundations and online businesses. Clients range from well-known global brands and internationally listed organisations to entrepreneurial businesses.

Recognised as a leading employment lawyer by Chambers UK and Legal 500, Sharon is the subject of excellent reviews, with clients and peers citing her in these publications as “a tremendously clever lawyer” who is “really on the ball”, “supportive and commercial” and “on top of the case”.  Chambers UK states: ‘Sharon Tan has a comprehensive grasp of the entire spectrum of employment law, attaining effusive recommendations from senior market sources. To cite one client, “she gets the relevant points very quickly and takes time to understand our business.“‘ Sharon is also one of only two employment lawyers to be named in The Lawyer Hot 100 2016 and has been recognised by Who’s Who Legal: Labour, Employment & Benefits every year since 2016 as a leading practitioner in the employment law field.

Sharon also advises on data privacy and data security laws, and the creation and deployment of data privacy programmes, with a particular focus on the applicability of such laws to the personal data of employees. 


Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP; Partner, McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP; Associate, McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP; Associate, Allen & Overy LLP; Trainee, Allen & Overy LLP


Sharon Saspeaks regularly at employment law seminars and conferences and is a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Employment > Senior executives

(Next Generation Partners)

Sharon TanMishcon de Reya LLP

Known for advising on market sensitive appointments, exits, high-profile litigation and negotiating contracts and severance terms, Mishcon de Reya LLP represents prominent and high-profile business founders, senior executives, CEOs and board directors of PLCs, including FTSE 100 companies. The firm appears in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, specialisms being restrictive covenant issues, team moves and data theft cases. Practice head Daniel Naftalin acts for senior and high-net-worth individuals in complex disputes and remuneration arrangements, either on arrival or departure. Key names from the deep bench of expertise are Susannah Kintish, who assists in contentious and non-contentious employment matters; the ‘extremely impressive’ Sharon Tan; Jennifer Millins, who specialises in complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims, High Court injunctions, equal pay disputes, gender pay gap reporting and LLP disputes; and Joanna Blackburn, who is ‘the person one definitely wants on one’s side if engaging with the big battalions‘. Managing associate Matthew Wood is also recommended.

London > Employment > Employers

(Leading individuals)

Sharon TanMishcon de Reya LLP

A go-to for global brands through to mid-size UK companies in the financial and professional services, media and entertainment, sport and fashion, Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s practice is highly regarded for its breadth of expertise in employment law, particularly its knowledge of diversity and gender pay, the implications of the gig economy and the interplay between data, transparency and privacy. Daniel Naftalin‘s practice spans both advisory and litigious work. Sharon Tan and Joanna Blackburn often support blue-chip clients in senior exits, discrimination claims, international employment support and workforce restructuring. For Tribunal work, Sarah Keeble, Susannah Kintish and Emily Knight, are recommended.