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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Michael Burns

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Eversheds Sutherland

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Michael is a partner in our Human Resources Practice Group

He has over 20 years’ of experience as an employment lawyer and advises on all aspects of both contentious and non-contentious employment law for clients in a variety of sectors including manufacturing, nuclear, retail, facilities management, BPO, construction and legal.

Michael has particular expertise in large scale restructurings and the application of TUPE in both acquisitions/sales and outsourcing. He regularly advises employers of both unionised and non-unionised workforces on a variety of collective issues including redundancy, variation to terms of employment (including pension entitlement) and applications for compulsory recognition.

He also deals with employment litigation in both the Employment Tribunals and High Court. He has recently has resisted a £5M wrongful dismissal claim and obtained interim injunctive relief preventing unlawful use of confidential information by a former employee seeking to set up a competing business.

He is a regular speaker at a both public and internal training courses on a variety of employment topics.

He has been mentioned in both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for many years and is currently “recommended” by the Legal 500 and “a leading light in the field” in Chambers.

Michael is a member of member of the Employment Lawyer’s Association.




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Within: Employment

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP ’s ‘highly accessible’ team ‘provides an outstanding service and has comprehensive industry knowledge’. Head of department Michael Thompson  ‘cuts to the chase to get matters resolved’ and ‘manages large international projects well’. Michael Burns  ‘develops a very good rapport with his clients and provides pragmatic and commercial advice on the most complex issues’. Legal director Jane Cotton  is praised for her ‘deep technical knowledge’. The team advised Warburton on negotiating new terms and conditions for its bakery staff to provide for more flexible contracts. Other key clients include Sellafield, United Utilities and the University of Bradford.

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