Sophie Vanhegan > GQ | LITTLER > London, England > Lawyer Profile


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GQ|Littler is the leading employment law firm for employers in the UK and Ireland. We offer risk-based advice and litigation services on employment, immigration, employee tax and incentives issues. We work globally as part of Littler, the world’s largest employment law firm with over 1,600 lawyers in 100 offices worldwide. Being part of Littler enables the firm to seamlessly provide high-quality advice and support across a wide range of international markets and benefit from cutting-edge technology, research and knowledge management resources.


Sophie has extensive experience in both High Court employment litigation and cross-border M&A transactions, Sophie is a true all-round employment lawyer. Her practice encompasses all aspects of UK employment law, including injunctions, team moves, unfair dismissals, bonuses and discrimination. She also has experience of outsourcings, TUPE, company restructures, redundancies and regulatory issues.

Her clients include businesses in the financial services, technology, partnership and LLP sectors. Sophie’s recent client experience includes advising a FinTech company on enforcing a non-compete restriction against a former senior employee who had joined a competitor; defending a financial services firm in a multi-million pound discrimination dispute with a former employee; advising a bank on a protracted financial misconduct investigation involving a regulated person; and advising a major financial services client on a restructuring of its bonus deferral arrangements. She has also advised a range of clients on reopening their workplaces following the COVID-19 lockdown.

Sophie is also a co-founder of the firm’s Women’s Leadership Initiative.


Sophie trained at Linklaters and qualified in 2008. She worked as an associate at Linklaters until 2012 and then joined GQ|Littler as a senior associate before being promoted to partner in 2015 and equity partner in 2020. During her time with Linklaters she undertook a five-month secondment to global investment bank RBS, to assist with restructuring issues following RBS’s acquisition of ABN AMRO.




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2004 – 2005: Nottingham Law School 
2001 – 2004: Cambridge University, Master of Arts (MA)


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