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Julian Taylor

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Julian has considerable experience of working with leading city financial institutionsand international organisations. He advises on the full range of employment law and human resource issues including advising on the strategic issues associated with reorganisations and restructuring, advising on collective consultation, redundancy programmes and outsourcing arrangements, and drafting related contractual and employment documentation. He also has extensive experience of High Court and tribunal litigation on a wide range of employment and general commercial matters. Julian regularly leads seminars and workshops on employment law issues. He is the head of Employment Law Training and is involved in training programmes for both clients and lawyers.


Called to the Bar 1994; independent practice specialising in employment law; joined Simmons & Simmons 1999; qualified as solicitor; partner employment law 2003.

London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Leading individuals

Julian Taylor - Simmons & Simmons

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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