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GQ|Littler is a leading specialist law firm for employers in the UK. We are part of Littler, the world’s largest employment law firm with over 1,500 lawyers in 80 offices worldwide, providing a single source solution to international businesses, including cutting-edge technology and research solutions.

Offering risk-based contentious and non-contentious advice our legal expertise includes employment, immigration, employee tax and incentives. Our client base spans a wide range of sectors including financial services, technology, healthcare, professional services and luxury goods, in the UK and internationally.

Since its launch in 2010 by ex-Linklaters lawyers Jon Gilligan and Paul Quain, we have grown to a team of 22 lawyers which equals or exceeds the employment law capability of most full-service City firms in size, experience and expertise.

Our goal is to resolve complex employment law issues in a user-friendly and commercial way. As a premium boutique, the firm combines the benefits of high-quality full-service law firms with the flexibility, dynamism and personal service of a smaller firm.

In practice, this means:

  • Top quality, partner-led advice and a single source solution provider to the global community seamlessly across borders
  • Lawyers with a proven track record of handling the most demanding and complex issues
  • A highly responsive service
  • A genuine commitment to alternative fee structures including a “one” approach which entails one format, one invoice, one responsible partner and one coordinated fee proposal
  • Proven commitment to diversity with a balanced 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


We are experienced in advising on all employment law issues from complex change projects, M&A support, litigation and senior dismissals, to everyday employee relations issues.

The firm has particular expertise in relation to:

  • High Court litigation related to any people issues in the work-place including disputes with contractors, restrictive covenants, confidential information, poaching and team moves
  • Diversity and inclusion in the work-place (incl. training)
  • High-value Employment Tribunal litigation including discrimination and whistle-blowing
  • Business restructuring and redundancy programmes
  • Mental health in the work-place
  • Executive/senior employee hiring and firing
  • International HR projects
  • Employment law aspects of M&A transactions, outsourcing, insourcing and off-shoring
  • Pay and bonuses
  • Employee incentives and share schemes
  • Employment Tax, including IR35 expertise
  • Immigration
  • Trade union, industrial relations, collective bargaining and Works Council issues
  • Number of UK partners: 13
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 9
  • Breakdown of work %
  • Employment: 100

  • Languages
  • French
  • German
  • Irish
  • Member
  • IBA (International Bar Association)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Employment Lawyers Association

Above material supplied by GQ | LITTLER.

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