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Philip Bartlett

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Simmons & Simmons


Philip acts for major corporations and financial institutions and public sector clients. He advises on all aspects of employment law, both contentious and non contentious, including equal opportunities issues, senior executive terminations, industrial relations (including compulsory trade union recognition), data protection and the employment aspects of corporate transactions, both business transfers (including outsourcings) and share sales. Advising the Ministry of Defence as the partner responsible, on various projects including the FDSCi, FSTA and DTR projects; advising Associated British Ports on day-to-day employment issues including a national recognition agreement with the TGWU (as then was) (and an associated application by them for compulsory recognition); advising a European Investment Bank in relation to various projects and employment tribunal claims, including: restructurings, compensation arrangements and diversity; and bonus, unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, sex and race discrimination claims; advising a ‘Big Four’ accounting/consultancy firm on the TUPE/ARD provisions of various of their outsourcing arrangements; advising a multinational corporate on data protection compliance in the UK, Europe and elsewhere in the world including issues of information, employee consent and transfer of employee data outside the EEA.


Joined Simmons & Simmons 1992; partner 2001.

London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Simmons & Simmons 'continues to be one of the pre-eminent employment law teams in London with a strong team of partners reinforced by talented associates at all levels'. Department head Julian Taylor 'makes clients feel fearless when he is on their side' and 'provides elegant tactical solutions'; he recently advised Moody's on the employment elements of its acquisition of Bureau van Dijk and acted for an executive headhunter who was injuncted by a previous employer to restrain her move to a rival firm. Other key names include the 'energetic and combative' Andrea Finn, who advises financial services clients; Mark Hewland, who regularly handles senior executive terminations; Philip Bartlett and Vicky Wickremeratne, who assists clients in the financial services and life sciences sectors. In 2018, Fiona Bolton joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and barrister Jonathan Newman joined from 42 Bedford Row.

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  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of ÂŁ1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
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