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Jon Gilligan

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GQ|Littler is the leading employment law firm for employers in the UK. 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 1,500 lawyers in 80 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.


Jon advises on the full range of employment work, including complex transactions and outsourcing arrangements, business restructures, bonus issues and strategic and sensitive litigation issues. Jon has worked not only in the Magic Circle (with Linklaters), but as an in-house employment lawyer with the Investment Banking arm at RBS during the difficulties of integration with ABN AMRO and part-nationalisation in the aftermath of the credit crunch. Jon has worked on a number of high profile transactions and litigation matters. His recent experience includes: defending a company and its owner in a High Court dispute worth hundreds of millions of pounds; advising a global investment bank on the outsourcing of its fund administration, middle office and banking services across several jurisdictions; advising a UK bank on a significant business restructure including the exit of the head of the business; advising banks and fund management firms on their remuneration policies to ensure regulatory compliance; advising a global investment bank on the re-tender of its IT outsourcing contract across 30 jurisdictions; successfully defending a global investment bank against a TUPE claim brought by 50 individuals; advising an international US technology company on the offshoring of UK operations to lower cost jurisdictions. Jon’s earlier experience includes: successfully defending Commerzbank in the ground-breaking bonus case of Commerzbank v Keen; advising on the employment aspects of the purchase of ABN AMRO by RBS and its subsequent integration across 53 jurisdictions; advising on a number of high profile private equity transactions, including the purchases of Somerfield, Madame Tussauds and Kwik Fit.


Trained Linklaters; qualified 2004; partner GQ Employment Law 2010. Prior to setting up GQ Employment Law in 2010 with Paul Quain, Jon worked for magic circle law firm Linklaters, leading UK firm Pinsent Masons and in-house in the investment banking division of global bank RBS. Publications of note: Jon is frequently quoted in the press on complex and controversial employment law issues (


Member of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) and delivers training for other ELA members.


Uppingham School, Rutland; 2000 – 2002 BPP Law School – PGDL, LPC, Law; 1996 – 2000 University of St Andrews – MA (Hons) Modern History.


Jon enjoys playing golf, skiing, history and most live sport.

London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Following its 2018 merger with Littler Mendelson, P.C., boutique employment firm GQ | Littler has 'seen its international coverage grow and grow thanks to the recruitment of savvy and driven lawyers' who are 'responsive, hardworking and committed to providing the best legal guidance they can'. Co-founder Paul Quain is 'a man to pour common sense on hysteria with the ability to achieve breakthroughs in seemingly intractable negotiations'; he is recommended for employment disputes. Other key names include co-founder Jon Gilligan, who is 'a true business partner with excellent judgement skills'; 'effective litigator' Darren Isaacs, and Sophie Vanhegan, who has 'a fantastic work ethic and leaves no stone unturned'. Richard Harvey and Daniel Pollard are also recommended.

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