GQ | LITTLER > London, England > Firm Profile

125 Wood Street

Employment > Employers Tier 2

Boutique employment law firm GQ | LITTLER advises a number of major international corporate clients on matters including tribunal litigation, post-transactional restructuring and ongoing internal matters. The practice is jointly headed by board-level crisis management specialist Paul Quain, the transaction support-focussed Daniel Pollard, internal employment matters expert Richard Harvey and Darren Isaacs, who splits his work between the firm’s London and Dublin offices. Highly experienced litigator and restrictive covenants expert Sophie Vanhegan is a further name to note. Laura Lobb, Deborah Margolis and Nicola James are also integral.

Practice head(s):

Paul Quain; Darren Isaacs; Daniel Pollard; Richard Harvey


‘GQ Littler is probably the best boutique employment law firm in London. They fight complex and cutting-edge cases, and have unparalleled commercial judgment. There is quality in their most junior associates right up to their leading partners.’

‘The team are extremely responsive and make themselves available whenever works for the client. Their advice is always pragmatic, measured and supportive. They are really friendly and I feel very confident talking to them about any employee issue that we’re dealing with. I always feel clear on next steps and how to implement the advice they have given.’

‘Deborah Margolis is an exceptional lawyer and professional. She takes the time to understand your organisation, you as the client and tailors her responses and advice to ensure you feel heard and supported.’

‘On the whole the team at GQ|Littler is top notch – responsive, competent and business-focused. Whenever we’ve needed to enlist their services, they are promptly available and able to assist in meeting our needs.’

‘In particular, Deborah Margolis has proven an outstanding advisor and confidant. She is bright, highly competent and yet pragmatic and business-focused.’

‘I have worked with the GQ Littler team for many years and despite their growth, their service and support has never changed. They are responsive and available when needed. They work quickly to provide the advice needed ensuring it is considered and comprehensive. The team are engaging, experts in their field and they support us with ad-hoc queries and structured initiatives such as diversity & inclusion training.’

‘Darren Isaacs is one in a million. He has an in depth knowledge of his subject and his approach is always constructive, knowledgeable and compassionate. Every instruction we give will have an impact on an individual’s life after all.’

‘Exceptional collaboration and service.’

Key clients

Uber BV

Overbury plc

Omnipresent Group Limited

Morgan Sindall Group PLC

Integra Insurance Solutions Limited

Inizio Health

HDI Global Speciality SE

Harrison Parrott Limited

Hannover RE UK Life Branch

Globalization Partners Limited

Epiq Systems Limited

E A Gibson Shipbrokers Limited

Cytel Inc

Commonwealth Secretariat

Commerzbank AG

Capitolis Inc

Argo Management Services Limited

ZOLL Medical Corporation



Charles River Associates


Onefootball GmbH

Whole Foods Market

Work highlights

  • Defending a high value Employment Tribunal (ET) claim for Commerzbank AG which has been through various stages of appeal and which potentially raises new law on TUPE.
  • Supporting Omnipresent with their growth as an organisation by co-ordinating and providing bespoke advice in relation to key employment law topics in 60+ countries across the globe.
  • Advising Mimecast in relation to the UK employment aspects of the implementation of its acquisition by Permira.

GQ | Littler is a leading specialist law firm for employers. The firm was founded in 2010, based on an in-house advising style matching the risk appetite of clients and fostering a culture that prioritises inclusivity and diversity.

Our business model is based solely on how best to help businesses solve employee related issues. We attract and retain top talent, provide clients with greater partner involvement and use technology solutions to provide clients with a more personal, risk-based and solutions-focused service.

In delivering legal advice we see ourselves as risk managers/business consultants as much as lawyers. We seek to identify each client’s attitude to risk and internal culture and recommend practical solutions that align with these.

Over the last 13 years the firm has gone from strength to strength attracting a team of 35 top of the class lawyers in London and a growing team in Dublin. We operate as part of Littler, the world’s largest employment law firm. Littler has more than 1,800 employment lawyers practising across 28 countries worldwide.

Principal areas of work: The firm’s legal expertise covers employment (including multi-jurisdictional projects,  High Court and Employment Tribunal litigation and transaction support) and we continue to develop and invest in our “one stop shop” service covering all legal issues relating to our client’s workforce including share schemes/incentives, data protection, business immigration and client training. Our client base spans a wide range of sectors including financial services, technology, healthcare, professional services, and luxury goods, in the UK and internationally.

We continue to work with a number of the US “white shoe” law firms who do not have employment law capability in London and outside the US on a range of large-scale global transactions, where we provide a single point of contact for all the global employment law issues on a deal.

The firm has particular expertise in relation to:

  • Complex multi-jurisdictional HR projects
  • High Court litigation related to any people issues in the workplace including disputes with contractors, restrictive covenants, confidential information, poaching and team moves
  • High-value Employment Tribunal litigation including discrimination and whistle-blowing
  • Employment law aspects of M&A transactions, outsourcing, insourcing and off-shoring
  • Business restructuring and large-scale redundancy programmes
  • Executive/senior employee hiring and firing
  • Data protection & workplace technology
  • Trade union, industrial relations, collective bargaining and Works Council issues
  • Employee incentives and share schemes
  • Business Immigration
  • Mental health in the workplace
  • Diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • Employment law training

We are committed to:

  • A balanced and diverse firm and partnership team
  • A partnering style that focuses on each client’s individual risk appetite and culture
  • A rewarding and liberating environment for ambitious and entrepreneurial lawyers to develop
  • Top quality, partner-led advice and a single source solution provider to global businesses
  • Lawyers with a proven track record of handling the most demanding and complex issues
  • Alternative fee structures
  • A ‘one’ approach for international projects: one work product format, one invoice, one responsible partner and one coordinated fee proposal
Department Name Email Telephone
Employment Paul Quain +44(0)20 3375 0334
Employment Jon Gilligan +44(0)20 3375 0333
Photo Name Position Profile
Natasha Adom photo Natasha Adom Natasha leads the firm’s client training practice and has extensive experience of…
Jenny Allan photo Jenny Allan Jenny has experience working on multijurisdictional projects, corporate transactions and employment advisory…
Caroline Baker photo Caroline Baker Caroline is one of the firm’s partners having been promoted to the…
Mark Callaghan photo Mark Callaghan Mark advises on the full range of employment law matters, with a…
Philip Cameron photo Philip Cameron Philip is a partner of the firm with a wealth of experience…
James Champness photo James Champness James joined GQ|Littler in June 2022, having trained and qualified at leading…
Lisa Coleman photo Lisa Coleman Lisa is one of the firm’s senior associates. She works across all…
Chris Coombes photo Chris Coombes Chris joined GQ|Littler in April 2020 as an associate, having trained and…
Dilshen Dahanayake photo Dilshen Dahanayake Dilshen has experience across the full gamut of employment law. He assists…
Georgia Fisher photo Georgia Fisher Georgia advises on the full range of employment law issues and works…
Jon Gilligan photo Jon Gilligan Jon is one of the founders of GQ|Littler and its managing partner.…
Darren Isaacs photo Darren Isaacs Darren is a partner at the firm who co-leads GQ|Littler’s international practice…
Nicola James photo Nicola James Nicola specialises in complex and international transactions including multi-jurisdictional carve outs, mergers…
Sanika Karandikar photo Sanika Karandikar Sanika has experience across all areas of employment law including advisory, litigation…
Jessica Lim photo Jessica Lim Jessica has experience working across all areas of employment law, including advisory,…
Laura Lobb photo Laura Lobb Laura is a partner at GQ|Littler and has over 14 years’ experience…
Deborah Margolis photo Deborah Margolis Deborah specialises in employment and data protection law, having trained at Camfords…
Oliver Moreton photo Oliver Moreton Oli advises clients on a broad range of employment law issues, including…
Raoul Parekh photo Raoul Parekh Raoul is one of the firm’s partners. He works across all areas…
Daniel Pollard photo Daniel Pollard Daniel advises on a range of complex and high-value issues and has…
Kate Potts photo Kate Potts Kate is one of the firm’s senior associates. She practices all aspects…
Paul Quain photo Paul Quain Paul is a senior parnter of GQ|Littler and is well known in…
Josephine Rendall-Neal photo Josephine Rendall-Neal Josephine regularly provides advice on employment aspects of corporate transactions and reorganisations, including…
Kate Richards photo Kate Richards Kate is an associate who works across all areas of employment law,…
Ben Rouse photo Ben Rouse Ben joined GQ|Littler in September 2021 as an associate, having trained at…
Ben Smith photo Ben Smith Ben is a senior associate who works across all areas of employment…
Alison Sneddon photo Alison Sneddon Alison is a Senior Associate at GQ|Littler and practises both contentious and…
Sophie Vanhegan photo Sophie Vanhegan Sophie has extensive experience in both High Court employment litigation and cross-border…
Number of UK partners : 13
Number of other UK fee-earners : 25
Total staff figures in London : 52
Employment Lawyers Association
American Bar Association (ABA)
IBA (International Bar Association)
Employment Law Association of Ireland

CLIENT: Cathy Grizzell, SVP & CHRO
COMPANY/FIRM: Sesac Music Group
TESTIMONIAL: GQ|Littler is, undoubtedly, the premier boutique firm specializing in employment law for employers in London and beyond.  Laura Lobb stands out as one of the foremost practitioners in employment law. Her profound expertise and extensive experience contribute to making my professional journey truly enjoyable. With her involvement, I am confident in receiving top-notch advice and exceptional leadership. She will walk the extra mile for you. My interactions with Laura Lobb have been consistently outstanding. She goes above and beyond to assist you. I also value the genuine care and personal attention she provides, which sets her apart from those firms who treat you merely as a “case”.  It’s truly refreshing to collaborate with professionals who invest in your well-being on a personal level.

CLIENT: Nikki Bellofiore, HR Business Partner
COMPANY/FIRM: BuzzFeed, Inc.
TESTIMONIAL: I have worked with Philip Cameron and Ben Smith for over a year now, on two rounds of redundancies, a tribunal claim and other sensitive cases involving performance and disciplinary action. As the HRBP for employees in six countries, it is difficult to stay abreast of employment laws, so I find the support I get from Philip, Ben and GQ|Littler overall invaluable.

Both Philip and Ben have been on hand to answer questions big or small. Their advice is always clear and pragmatic, with the intention of getting the best outcome for our business. They take the time to understand the intricacies of our industry and our company and how it might relate to the matter at hand. They are very quick to provide solutions and approach each case with tenacity and confidence.

When it comes to employees and the law, most cases are delicate and need to be handled with care. When working with Philip and Ben I feel reassured that I am partnering with experts who understand the sensitive nature of their work while delivering the best results for our organisation.

CLIENT: VP Operations
COMPANY/FIRM: Cyber Security Client
TESTIMONIAL: We have worked with Deborah to resolve a number of legal matters across the entire spectrum of HR, people operations and recruitment. In particular, we appreciate the responsiveness and risk based / pragmatic approach. We enjoy working with GQ|Littler because it feels like we are working with a small practice with a strong client focus, whilst also giving us access to the global network of specialists which we utilise regularly.

CLIENT: Bill Smith, Senior EMEA Employment Counsel
TESTIMONIAL: Paul Quain, Lisa Coleman and Philip Cameron have been invaluable and trusted partners for us. Their proactive approach in handling complex, often litigious and always significant matters, has been impressive. Their first-class communication has ensured that we are always confident in their advice. However, above all, their technical expertise has proven essential in resolving countless challenging situations. They have been an essential asset to our organisation, ensuring we handle intricate and often highly emotionally charged employment matters with empathy, confidence and clarity.

CLIENT: Gemma Warren, Head of HR
TESTIMONIAL: GQ|Littler work with us to provide legal advice and consultation which assists with the running of our HR provision to the business. We have worked with them for a number of years and they always provide exceptional services. Their expertise, dedication and professionalism have made a great difference to the service we are able to provide as a team.

Both Philip Cameron and Chris Coombes are extremely approachable, helpful and knowledgeable and respond to all our queries quickly and efficiently. They take the time to understand the intricacies of each case and always provide clear advice and guidance throughout. The follow up and checks in, especially with particularly complex cases, mean we always feel supported and their understanding of how we operate as a business, results in the consistent presentation of a strategic approach.

The working relationship we have with them both is an absolute joy with an excellent blend of professionalism and camaraderie.

CLIENT: Helen Mason, General Counsel
COMPANY/FIRM: Morgan Sindall Group
TESTIMONIAL: The Group has been working with Philip Cameron and Chris Coombes for a number of years now; and the length of the relationship speaks volumes in itself. That they are experts in their field we take for granted but what sets them apart is the commerciality of the advice and the speed of service. They make us feel like we are their only client – and certainly their most important! We value the honesty of the advice and the practical solutions they offer us. They have made strong connections with our team such that they are now very much regarded as part of our cohort.

CLIENT: Matthew Cates, Vice President, Legal
TESTIMONIAL: GQ|Littler has continued to be an excellent partner & advisor to all things related to Epiq’s international footprint. Raoul Parekh and Ben Smith have continually evolved their service and support model to meet the challenges and needs of Epiq’s global locations, entities, and employees. In fact, when Epiq had resignations of key HR personnel, GQ|Littler proposed a blended secondment of Littler attorneys across the globe which bridged Epiq’s gap until we backfilled those positions. This blended secondment was a huge success and helped to ensure that Epiq remained compliant with international employment regulations. The number of time zones covered by Littler’s associates in this program was amazing. Raoul, Ben, and their entire international team are exceptional partners to work with!

CLIENT: Jack Bristow, Managing Director
TESTIMONIAL: We were faced with quite an aggressive, unreasonable legal claim, driven by emotion. As a new business we were heavily reliant on the experience and steady hand of the GQ|Littler team (Philip Cameron, Josephine Rendall-Neal). They guided us through the legal process, with insight on what the law actually meant, how it applied to our situation and also the ‘softer’ considerations we should keep in mind.

I’m confident in saying that GQ|Littler did their absolute best for us and cared about the outcome and us in equal measure. What I valued most about the relationship with GQ|Littler was dealing with actual human beings that gave you their time, expertise and benefit of experience. I would suggest that GQ|Littler have a strong value on emotional intelligence amongst their workforce, which is a valuable commodity. It allows them to marry the practicalities of the law with the realities of the case. Philip and Josephine are clear communicators, knowledgeable operators; and good people.

CLIENT: Managing Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Investment Bank
TESTIMONIAL: Dan Pollard is the stand-out partner. He is able to combine very deep technical skills with excellent commercial understanding, good judgement in forming and executing a negotiation strategy and innate people-skills. He is a pleasure to work with and able to smooth things over or ruffle feathers as required. Bottom line is that he is a highly effective and efficient animal and definitely someone you would rather have on your side!

CLIENT: John Lord, Chairman
COMPANY/FIRM: Neota Logic Inc.
TESTIMONIAL: We have sought Philip Cameron’s advice on two claims against us. No money was paid to either claimant and in one case the matter was dismissed with costs in our favour! An absolutely victorious litigator with the great GQ|Littler team supporting him. A rare double win in employment law and at all times a thoroughly reassuring experience being supported and guided by Philip and the GQ|Littler team in both matters.

CLIENT: Corinne Gittens-Noel, Senior HR Business Partner
TESTIMONIAL: I have been partnering with GQ|Littler for 3 years now and the service has been consistently stellar. The last 3 years may arguably be the most difficult years in the UK’s history and continues to be for a number of businesses. We have had to make very difficult business decisions while we power through a troubling economic climate (including restructures, workforce reductions and major payroll changes) and through this, our Partner Philip Cameron and Associate Ben Rouse have been able to guide us through each process, with clear and comprehensive advice. I continue to be very happy with their partnership with us.

CLIENT: Smriti Sinha, General Counsel
TESTIMONIAL: We always get sound, business friendly and commercially pragmatic advice from GQ|Littler. We have worked with them for several years and in that time, they have provided valuable advice and guidance on a variety of matters. Deborah Margolis is excellent and is very knowledge on sensitive and challenging employment issues. She is very strong both technically and commercially. She understands our business and her advice is always pragmatic, commercial and relevant. Deborah is very approachable and responsive, and always take the time to talk through our questions. We always feel confident and comfortable when working with Deborah and the rest of the GQ|Littler team.

CLIENT: Deputy General Counsel
COMPANY/FIRM: Global Communications Company
TESTIMONIAL: We engaged GQ|Littler following the expansion of our business into the UK. The firm has been instrumental in helping our team get its arms around UK law and has skilfully handled all sorts of employee matters. Deborah Margolis is fantastic: a sharp, practical thinker who quickly discerns where we are, where we need to be, and how to help us get there. Her recommendations are tailored to our risk tolerance just as an in-house solicitor’s would be. If we could clone her to advise us in every geography, we would. The colleagues she has brought in to support on various matters have also been excellent – very responsive, pragmatic, and well able to adapt to shifting timelines and needs.

CLIENT: Head of Legal
COMPANY/FIRM: Banking Client
TESTIMONIAL: We have been instructing GQ|Littler on various employment matters including advice regarding restrictive covenant interpretation. The GQ|Littler team have been hugely supportive, consistently providing first class expertise. Their deep knowledge and understanding of our business and sector has been a true differentiating factor when compared to others in their ability to take a view and provide a truly tailored service offering. Sophie and Alison have been exceptional in their responsiveness and flexibility, being available on short notice and providing advice as per timeframes requested. We value their commerciality, pragmatism and technical expertise on quite complex and challenging matters and their ability to distil this to varying levels of the organisation in a way that is easily understood is invaluable. I have certainly felt very well looked after by the GQ|Littler team, they are hardworking, diligent and a pleasure to work with.

CLIENT: Dr Ben Fielding, Co-founder
TESTIMONIAL: We’ve been working with GQ|Littler for our employment legals for more than two years now and we’re continually impressed by their prompt responses and professional manner. They’ve guided us through multiple international engagements, drafted numerous agreements, and seamlessly engaged regional counsel where required.

At GQ|Littler diversity, equality and inclusion is a core part of our culture both in the UK and Ireland and worldwide as part of the Littler family. We are conscious of the impact we have on the environment and are committed to operating a sustainable business.

Examples of our commitment to DEI is demonstrated below.


Littler is recognised for its commitment to DEI by the following organisations:

  • National Law Journal 500 – Ranked #6 – Women’s Scorecard, 2023
  • Seramount (formerly Working Mother Media) – Named Best Law Firms for Women and Diversity, 2023
  • Vault – Best Law Firms for Diversity – #8 – Diversity for Individuals with Disabilities, 2024, #8 – Racial & Ethnic Diversity, 2024, #11 – Diversity for Women, 2024, #12 – Diversity for LGBTQ+ Individuals, 2024
  • Women in Law Empowerment Forum – Certified as a “Gold Standard Firm,” 2011-2023
  • Human Rights Campaign – Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality, Earned 100% Corporate Equality Index Rating, 2009 – 2022
  • Law360 – Ranked #1 in Gender Equity & Representation in the Glass Ceiling Report – 2022

See Littler’s full recognition list here.