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Adam Hartley

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Adam advises nternational clients in relation to employment matters on a multi-jurisdictional basis and heads the employment group’s international technology work stream. Adam has recently been involved in leading the collective redundancy consultation case, involving Woolworths and Bluebird and he has successfully defended in the European Court of Justice Bluebird’s position in relation to the meaning of an establishment. Some examples of his work include: advising London Stock Exchange on the global employment issues arising from the acquisition and separation of Russell Investments. London Stock Exchange acquired Russell Investments for US $2.7m and advising on the reorganisation of the business which will result in the retention of the index business and the sale of the investment management business; advising CooperVision on the global restructure following the acquisition of Sauflon for US$ 1.2m; advising a number of global banks on the global outsourcing of recruitment, payroll and IT. The projects involved providing advice in numerous countries; advising a global taxi app on the employment, tax and regulatory issues in up to 40 countries; advising Anglo America Plc and De Beers on international employment matters and the restructure of the business; advising Amlin Plc on a global reorganisation involving advising on TUPE/ARD, negotiations with works councils and the establishment of a special negotiating body; advising various listed companies on the restructuring of their boards including advising on the exiting of various executive board members. Adam specialises in acting for financial services and technology clients.


Trained Gouldens (now Jones Day), qualified October 1996; SJ Berwin, employment solicitor, London, 1996-2003; DLA Piper, partner, 2005 to present.


Employment Lawyers Association; Law Society.


Leeds University, (1991, BA (Hon) Economics and Economic Social History); York College of Law (1992, Common Professional Examination; 1993, Law Society Finals); Leeds University (1994. MA (Hons) Human Resource Management).

London: Human resources

Employment: employers

Within: Employment: employers

DLA Piper's London employment team benefits from the wider firm's huge global footprint, providing advice on a global scale to big-name clients. The practice's work ranges from High Court litigation to restructurings, outsourcing, data protection and the employment aspects of M&A deals, with key sectors including tech, financial services, life sciences, retail, leisure and media. UK employment head Adam Hartley - who also leads the group's UK and international technology stream - works in tandem with global practice co-chair Tim Marshall, business and human rights expert Jonathan Exten-Wright and legal director Jonathan Hearn.

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