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Winckworth Sherwood LLP

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Anita Rai

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Winckworth Sherwood LLP


Partner: Anita is a Partner in the Employment Department who advises on the whole spectrum of employment issues to businesses ranging from thriving start-ups to global subsidiaries and listed companies, as well as to senior executives and founders. This gives Anita a unique insight into both sides’ perspectives and priorities and enables her to devise powerful tactical strategies to achieve her clients goals. Anita has worked closely with clients in most sectors including finance, technology, pharmaceutical, construction, media and retail. Anita is particularly known for dealing with complex high level issues at board level and tricky exits where she adopts a commercial no-nonsense approach. She is a formidable and intuitive negotiator. Anita swiftly builds solid trusted relationships with people and is often told by clients that she is in their top ten speed dial numbers! Anita also has extensive experience of advising on restrictive covenants and team moves, as well as thorny discrimination and dismissal issues.


2016 to present, Partner, Winckworth Sherwood 2010 to 2016, Partner, Taylor Vinters LLP
2007 to 2010, Senior Associate, Fox Lawyers 1998 to Dec 2006, Associate, Vizards Wyeth


Law Society of England and Wales

London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Winckworth Sherwood LLP's 'first-class' senior executive practice is 'by far and away one of the most professional, assertive and informed in the field' with 'guidance that is realistic and reasonable, deep technical knowledge and a genuine interest in getting the best outcome for the client'. The group is experienced in exit negotiations, whistleblowing issues and discrimination claims and also handles TUPE and restructurings, transactional issues and disputes for an expanding employer client roster. Jo Keddie, who is 'totally on the ball and able to apply the law in a practical and commercial way', leads the department, which also fields the 'highly knowledgeable' Susan Kelly, the 'brilliant' Andrew Yule and Anita Rai, who is 'very professional and has good insight into the processes of the law'. Bettina Bender, who 'picks up the key issues in cases very quickly', joined from CM Murray LLP in 2018.

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