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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.


Sophie was promoted to partner in 2015, having joined the firm as a senior associate from Linklaters in 2012. With 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 and redundancies. Her clients include businesses in the financial services, technology, partnership and LLP sectors. Sophie’s recent client experience includes advising a South African Company on a multi-party international dispute in the High Court related to the split of an extremely high value asset management fund; defending a bank in a high value sex discrimination and victimisation claim and advising a major bank on a wholesale restructuring to their commission and bonus policies whilst minimising a negative impact on employee relations. 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.


Trained Linklaters; qualified 2006 and worked there until 2012; partner at GQ Employment Law 2015.


Employment Lawyers Association.


Thomas Mills High School; Cambridge University, Master of Arts (MA), Law, 2001-2004; Nottingham Law School 2004-2005.


Cookery, travel and bakery.

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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