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Richard Isham

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Wedlake Bell LLP

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Partner specialising in both contentious and non-contentious employment law and advising corporate clients on a broad range of employment issues, including collective cross-border issues, harmonisation of terms and conditions and policies, redundancies, dismissals, policies on discrimination, data protection and monitoring, bonus schemes and corporate governance. He advises on the applicability of TUPE to business sales and outsourcing contracts and advised the successful appellant before the EAT in one of the leading cases on TUPE, Michael Peters Ltd v Ian Farnfield and Michael Peters Group plc.

Richard’s also advises on, scoping, project managing and delivering cross-border/international labour law and labour law related projects for Wedlake Bell’s subsidiary, iGlobal Law, and providing advice to senior executives, senior bankers and sports organisations, both governing bodies and clubs.

Richard has advised a number of senior executives on their exits from listed entities in order to join private equity backed portfolio companies; he advised on restrictive covenants, options, LTIPS, notice and garden leave provisions etc. and on private equity remuneration arrangements such as 'sweat' equity, 'waterfalls' and ratchets.

Richard chaired the Employment Lawyer’s Association working party responding to the DTI’s consultation on employment agencies and was a member of the ELA working parties responding to consultations on genetic testing in the workplace, part-time workers, directors’ remuneration and ‘red letter’ days for the introduction of new employment legislation.


Richard joined Wedlake Bell in 1998, became a partner in April 1996 and set up the firm's employment team in 1997. He is now responsible for the firm's international alliances, is the current President of our European alliance, TELFA and sits as a non-executive director on the Board of USLAW Network Inc. He is a member of the ELA. Prior to joining Wedlake Bell, Richard qualified as a legal aid lawyer and then worked in New York city for a year.


Employment Lawyers Association – sits on their Legislative and Policy Sub-Committee.


Exeter University (1981 LLB).


Tennis, reading, swimming.

London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Recent highlights for the 'fabulous' department at Wedlake Bell LLP include advising OKI Europe on the employment elements of the reorganisation of its EMEA operations and assisting Kuehne + Nagel with its liability for enhanced redundancy payments, threats of industrial action and commercial contract arrangements. Other clients include Millenium Hotels, the Royal Academy of Arts, AEG Europe, Countrywide and Nektan. The 'calm, professional and unbelievably intelligent' Blair Adams - who joined from DMH Stallard LLP in 2017 - heads up the group, which also includes the 'highly responsive' Ravinder Mahal, Richard Isham and Julia Jackson. David Israel joined Royds Withy King in 2017.

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