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Mark Hewland

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Mark has significant experience in advising corporations on all contentious and non-contentious aspects of employment law, including collective labour law matters, the negotiation and drafting of service contracts, High Court and tribunal disputes and redundancy programmes. This work has also included the handling of senior executive terminations, litigation involving sensitive cases and providing strategic advice on the employment aspects involved in re-organisations such as intra-group transfers. Mark also regularly advises on corporate employment issues including flotations, acquisitions, business transfers and contractorisations. Recent work includes Acting for whistleblower Michael Woodford in his claim against Olympus; successfully defending one of the largest hedge funds in a two-week breach of contract claim in the High Court and thereafter successfully defending the same hedge fund in the Court of Appeal; successfully defending a German investment bank in a two-week race discrimination claim; successfully defending a French investment bank in a three-week whistleblowing claim; advising a global corporate on a number of substantial collective redundancy exercises; advising on a number of sensitive discrimination and whistleblowing claims in the employment tribunal and bonus claims in the High Court.


Trained Simmons & Simmons 1989; partner 1998.

London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Hewland - 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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