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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 4


GQ | LITTLER has continued to benefit from its inclusion in the Littler network, following GQ Employment Law's tie-up with international employment giant Littler Mendelson in 2017. On the back of that deal, international clients and cross-border mandates have become increasingly prevalent for the team. The practice handles the full range of employment work and partnership matters; practice head Paul Quain and Sophie Vanhegan are the key names for employment disputes; Darren Isaacs focuses on TUPE issues and regularly acts for US headquartered businesses; managing partner Jon Gilligan handles senior level hires and dismissals; and Richard Harvey specialises in the insurance, life sciences and retail sectors. Litigator Philip Cameron recently joined the firm from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

Practice head(s):Paul Quain

Other key lawyers:Sophie Vanhegan; Darren Isaacs; Jon Gilligan; Richard Harvey; Philip Cameron


'Expert advice, sound strategic guidance and strong inter-personal skills. They are a pleasure to work with.'

'In-depth knowledge of our industry sector. In dispute situations they have a great ability to extract the rational, commercial outcome.Their advice always feels well tailored to our business, concise and well-delivered.;

'They tailor their advice and guidance. They take time to understand our business and they have build strong relationships with our business leaders. They are not afraid to challenge us and provide us with practical guidance. They are proactive alerting us to forthcoming legal changes or rulings which may impact our employee framework. They are responsive and deliver a high quality output.'

'The team at GQ Littler are very friendly and professional - their knowledge of our needs as a client is excellent and they are extremely efficient in communicating with us. This is a small firm which manages to maintain a flexible response.'

'We have forged a fantastic relationship with GQ. They are not like other firms, what I love about them is their down-to-earth, realistic approach. I have worked with lawyers in the past who have a more corporate and formal approach and that just doesn't work for us, but the GQ approach definitely does.'

'The events and seminars they hold are fantastic and again are different to other events that I have experienced with other firms. They always choose trendy locations and their approach and delivery is informal, fun but yet always educational. You can tell as a team they really respect one another.'

'The fact that the team also have access to lawyers internationally is also helpful and again the quality of advice and service remains excellent. When we do work with the lawyers outside of London, the guys from London still always know what is going on.'

'Really close knit team - they work harmoniously and collegiately, in contrast to other teams I have dealt with who at times appear to compete.'

'Jon Gilligan is an exceptional employment lawyer - he gives great advice on how to practically manage difficult situations rather than just saying telling you what the law says.'

'Hannah Mahon and Paul Quain are highly dedicated and pay tremendous attention to detail. They both know employment law inside out.'

'Dan Pollard is approachable and very accessible. Dan has really gone the extra mile to provide valuable support to us. Great appreciation of our business and our risk appetite. Has built a strong relationship with senior managers who appreciate straightforward, practical support.'

'Jon Gilligan and Sophie Vanhegan are widely respected by our senior executives. Their practice has grown but they have maintained their close relationship with us. They are always contactable and turn around queries quickly and with the level of detail required.'

'Philip Cameron is an extremely professional and knowledgeable lawyer and is an asset to both GQ Littler and ourselves. He provides us with a first class service which is second to none.'

'Philip Cameron's advocacy experience helps him to be an expert in employment litigation and the provision of strategic advice.'

'Richard Harvey - always involves his team in all matters and ensures he gets their perspective and input so you can tell he is an inclusive manager who wants to develop and upskill his team. He is experienced and provides expert advice.'

'Caroline Baker is always open and honest and gets to the crux of a situation quickly. She is quick thinking and super intelligent and provides you with solutions efficiently. Her knowledge on all matters is exceptional.'

'Deborah Margolis is organised and communicative. She is always aware of what is going on within our company.'

Paul Quain is very approachable and highly balanced. He has excellent judgement.

'Hannah Mahon is direct, personable, highly effective and super efficient.' 

Key Clients

Airsys Communications Technology

Buzzacott LLP


Commerzbank AG

DC Advisory

GC Rieber Shipping: Shearwater GeoServices (Shearwater)

Med-I-Pant UK Ltd


Time Inc

Wilsons Solicitors LLP

Work highlights

  • Defended Commerzbank in an Employment Tribunal claim brought by a current senior employee alleging whistleblowing, sex discrimination, pregnancy and maternity discrimination and victimisation.
  • Acting for a global corporate and virtual payments solutions provider in seeking injunctive relief against a former employee relating to moving to a competitor in breach of a non-compete clause, the unlawful retention of confidential information and the enforcement of post-termination restrictions.
  • Assisting the securities business of a FTSE-listed banking group with negotiating the exits of two directors involving complex deferred bonus and share scheme arrangements.
  • Acting for Airsys in a High Court claim against two former senior executives involving issues of breach of fiduciary duty, confidential information and Wrotham Park damages.
  • Representing Wilsons Solicitors in an appeal to the Supreme Court against a former partner involving issues of partnership law.

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