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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: employees/unions

Within: Leading individuals

Lisa Mayhew - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Leading individuals

Lisa Mayhew - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s practice handles a broad range of employment matters for clients in the financial services sector, including high-profile matters with significant reputational risk. Key figures include the ‘excellentRebecca Harding-Hill, who ‘excels in complex cases’, including discrimination and whistleblowing claims, and joint practice heads Lisa Mayhew, who handles regulatory matters, and Rob Eldridge, whose experience covers the enforcement of restrictive covenants in the High Court. Senior associate Bradley Houlston is also recommended. Clients include Tesco, Deutsche Bank and Thames Water.

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