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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.


Paul is a Senior Parnter of GQ|Littler and is well known in the employment law world and advises on issues relating to restrictive covenants and misuse of confidential information, senior board level terminations, complex transactions and outsourcing arrangements and large scale business restructures. He has particular expertise in high value litigation (both High Court and employment tribunal) and cases requiring complex strategy for which he has a strong reputation as an excellent tactician.

He has recently acted in a dispute concerning the theft of highly confidential information,  the employment aspects of setting up a tier one bank, discretionary bonuses, team moves, High Court injunctions, discrimination and TUPE. Paul has worked on some reported high-profile employment law cases including: obtaining an injunction for a venture capital business against an employee who had taken confidential information and securing the return of the information; defending a bank against a multi-million pound discrimination and victimisation claim and defending a large investment bank against a TUPE claim brought by fifty individuals.

Paul’s earlier experience includes cases which are household names in the employment law world including Keen v Commerzbank (a seminal Court of Appeal on discretionary bonuses), Stransky v Bristol Rugby Club and Rutherford v the DTI. Paul hosts seminars and provides training on all aspects of employment law and was for many years a member of the Employment Lawyers Association management committee.


Prior to setting up GQ Employment Law in 2010 with Jon Gilligan, Paul was a barrister (Old Square Chambers and 3 Temple Gardens); a solicitor at Charles Russell LLP and managing associate at Linklaters LLP. Publications of note: Paul is frequently quoted in the press and interviewed on radio and TV (including Radio 4’s 'The Today Programme', 'The World at One' and BBC News) on complex and controversial employment law issues (


Paul is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) and delivers training for other ELA members. He was previously on the ELA Management Committee for over 5 years and was Chair of the ELA Pro Bono Committee for seven years. Paul is also a fully trained and CEDR accredited mediator and an expert in dispute resolution in the employment field.


St Peter School, St Catherine’s Road, Bournemouth, Dorset; University of Hull (1984-88 BA Joint Honours in French and Music); Bournemouth University (1995-96 CPE in Law (Commendation)); Inns of Court School of Law, London (1996-97 Bar Vocational Course).


When Paul has time he sings in a London choir, plays the piano, and enjoys playing chess, bridge and poker.

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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