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Kate Brearley

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An expert in all areas of employment law, Kate’s clear and commercial advice and track record in delivering objectives are valued by clients. A leading practitioner in the field of restrictive covenants and team moves, Kate’s specialisms also include strategic board level advice, sensitive exits, complex drafting and dispute handling.

Kate has a wealth of experience advising on all aspects of employment law, contentious and non-contentious. A typical week frequently includes advice on a sensitive grievance, taking steps in litigation relating to breach of restrictive covenants or in the defence of an Employment Tribunal claim, drafting complex contractual provisions, negotiating a board level exit and advising on a corporate reorganisation including an outsourcing

Drafting restrictive covenants and litigation relating to their enforcement, particularly in team moves, are key aspects of Kate’s practice. With Selwyn Bloch QC of Littleton Chambers, she co-authors the leading text on employee competition (Brearley and Bloch: Employment Covenants and Confidential Information published by Bloomsbury).

Kate’s work has a strong international element. Her clients include international companies, both listed and private, LLPs and charities. She also acts for CEOs and senior employees on contract negotiation, bonus disputes and team moves. Clients come from a variety of sectors including financial services, insurance, leisure, technology and shipping.

Kate is a CEDR accredited mediator and a former barrister.

London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Leading individuals

Kate Brearley - Stephenson Harwood

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Stephenson Harwood excels across employment law with clients praising its 'excellent strength in High Court employment work' and its 'entrepreneurial approach to transactional work'. On the non-contentious side, the team advised Charles Stanley Group on the employment elements of the disposal of its SIPP and SSAS pension administration business to Embark Group, and assisted Trenitalia c2c with its acquisition of the city to coast UK passenger franchise from National Express including related TUPE issues. The group's recent litigation expertise includes defending an AIM listed financial services company in an unfair dismissal claim and acting for 23 claimants in proceedings against a former employer regarding failures to honour contractual obligations. Mark Catchpole leads the team, which fields 'steely adversary' Kate Brearley, the 'highly professional' Anne Pritam, Paul Reeves, who is 'one of the most experienced employment practitioners around'; and the 'unrelenting' Purvis Ghani, who is 'fierce and tireless in the pursuit of his client's interests'.

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