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Stephen Ratcliffe

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Stephen Ratcliffe is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Employment and Benefits practice in London. He advises clients from various industries on a broad spectrum of employment and employee benefits matters, including employee tax and share schemes. He also advises on the data protection aspects of outsourcings, reorganizations, integrations and general M&A, as well as on global employee mobility issues.

Stephen also has substantial experience in litigation related to employment and employee benefits. He has represented clients in numerous cases before Employment Tribunals, as well as in appeals at all levels up to and including the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and the European Court of Justice.


Admitted in England & Wales - United Kingdom (2004)




Nottingham Law School (L.P.C.) (2002)

London: Human resources

Employee share schemes

Within: Employee share schemes

Baker McKenzie fields a 'knowledgeable and friendly team' that includes 'true subject matter experts' who are 'professional, responsive, proactive, organised and an absolute pleasure to work with'. The department handles the full spectrum of share scheme work including international share plans, senior executive remuneration work and tax advice. In a recent highlight the group assisted Prudential with the launch of its global share plan; the team also acted for DS Smith on the review and launch of its international executive share plans and advised Accenture on the incentive elements of multiple acquisitions. Jeremy Edwards heads up the team and 'provides pragmatic solutions in an easy-to-understand format'; other key individuals include Stephen Ratcliffe and associate Gillian Murdoch, who is 'a high-quality lawyer in her approach, professionalism and technical knowledge'.

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Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

'Leading player' Baker McKenzie 'makes a concerted effort to fully understand its clients' needs' and benefits from its 'incredible global footprint' to advise domestic and international clients on contentious and non-contentious mandates including global workforce restructurings, data privacy issues, investigations, union and collective rights work, regulatory advice and matters involving the financial services sector. John Evason leads the department; he recently represented Addison Lee in a gig economy case regarding the employment status of its drivers. Other highlights include Monica Kurnatowska and newly promoted partner Kim Sartin advising on the employment elements of multiple transactions for Emerson including the carve out and sale of its Network Power business and the sale of the Leroy Somer and Control Techniques businesses; Julia Wilson assisting ICU Medical with the employment elements of its acquisition of the Hospira Infusion Systems business from Pfizer, and Stephen Ratcliffe acting for Suez on its acquisition of GE's global water business. British Airways, Prudential, Alliance Boots and Guardian Media Group are also clients. Carl Richards is also recommended for TUPE and transactional mandates and senior associate Lily Collyer is a key name for financial services clients.

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