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Purvis Ghani

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Purvis is a partner in our highly regarded employment team and advises on all employment matters, both contentious and non-contentious. He has a particular focus on the financial services sector and increasingly advises on work involving an international element. Purvis is known for his pragmatic and commercial approach when advising clients, and his ability to communicate complex legal issues in a clear and concise manner. 

Purvis advises clients on all aspects of employment law. He has particular expertise in discrimination law (having been involved in drafting sections of the Employment Statutory Code of Practice for the Equality Act 2010) and advising on the employment aspects of corporate transactions. He has extensive experience advising on the employment issues that arise in global outsourcings, which have often involved in excess of 20 jurisdictions. Purvis regularly advises clients on whistleblowing, senior level exits, bonus issues, restrictive covenants, redundancies and TUPE. 

Purvis conducts a range of employment litigation in the employment tribunals and High Court. His litigation experience includes defending high profile discrimination and whistleblowing claims as well as breach of contract claims and injunctions in the High Court.    

He has a particular focus on the financial services sector and advises on employment regulatory issues including CRD IV, the Remuneration Code and the Senior Managers and Certification regimes.  He has had in-house experience which has included a secondment at a leading investment bank.  

Purvis regularly speaks at client seminars and sessions organised by the national Employment Lawyers’ Association. He has written articles for The Guardian, Personnel Today, Xpert HR, HR Zone, HR Magazine, People Management and the Employment Law Journal.

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Employment: employers and senior executives

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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