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Lisa Mayhew

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With 21 years’ legal experience, 13 of which as a partner spanning three major law firms, Lisa became Managing Partner of BLP on 1 May 2015. Lisa is known for successfully defending employers in large and complex employment disputes. Her work has typically been at boardroom level, for example acting on executive hires and severances, discrimination proceedings, cases of whistleblowing, or on major corporate transformation initiatives. Work of this nature is always highly sensitive, has significant reputational ramifications and typically involves substantial, seven-figure sums. Lisa’s clients have included eight of the world’s largest banks plus other FTSE-level or large private companies in sectors such as retail and energy. Lisa completed in-house secondments at Merrill Lynch and John Lewis Partnership. While keeping clients out of court is often the first priority, Lisa has represented clients in the High Court or at Employment Tribunals over 50 times. In all cases, Lisa has focused not just on winning, but in achieving the right outcomes for the client and protecting their reputation, based upon an appreciation of the publicity and regulatory aspects of each case. A regular guest speaker at industry events and author of multiple published articles, Lisa also co-wrote a book published by Sweet & Maxwell on “Discrimination: Remedies and Quantum”.


Trained Charles Russell: trainee, solicitor, partner 1992-2000; Hogan Lovells: associate, partner 2000-07; Jones Day: partner 2007-10; Berwin Leighton Paisner: partner 2010-present. Has undertaken client secondments to the John Lewis Partnership and Merrill Lynch.


Employment Lawyers’ Association; European Employment Lawyers Association.


Kent College, Canterbury; Southampton University (1991 LLB law degree 2(1)); The College of Law, Chester (1992 LSF Finals, 2nd Class Honours).

London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's expertise spans employment litigation, regulatory advice, international issues and transacitonal support with notable experience in the financial, retail and IT sectors. Firm co-chair Lisa Mayhew and Rob Eldridge are key names to note; Eldridge is recommended for restrictive covenants issues in the High Court and high-value discrimination claims. 'Excellent communicator' and new practice head Rebecca Harding-Hill is 'a clear choice for contentious work' and also handles work in the financial services sector, and senior associate Bradley Houlston is another name to note. Key clients include Tesco, UBS, Thames Water, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse.

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