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Chambers Review

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Employment: Employer - London (Firms)
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What the team is known for

Leading employment group with an enviable reputation for the service it provides to major players in the financial services and media sectors. The team remains at the forefront of hot-button issues including data protection, privacy and whistle-blowing. Continues to be called upon by its high-profile employer client base to advise on business-critical issues, including a wealth of work relating to the enforcement of restrictive covenants following executive departures. Well placed to advise on cross-border employment matters, and also advises large multinational employers on general multi-jurisdictional compliance issues.

Strengths

"The whole team is very good, responsive and commercial," according to interviewees, who appreciate that the lawyers are "able to step back and give a commercial answer."

One client says: "They are on the ball, practical and commercial, and they make my life so much easier."

Sources reveal: "They are very proactive, they are very good at advising senior business stakeholders on liability and exposure, and they are at the top of their game technically."

Work highlights

Successfully defended Sensyne Health, a healthtech company, against a claim for interim relief brought by a former CFO who alleged unfair dismissal.

Notable practitioners

Karen Seward is Allen & Overy's global head of litigation. She brings considerable expertise in advising major employers on an array of sensitive employment issues. Seward is also a member of the A&O gender diversity group, which is aimed at promoting gender diversity within the firm.
"She is very commercial, she gets to the nub of a problem in a heartbeat and you feel she has the best interest of your business at heart." "She is very personable, she is responsive and her advice sets a commercial tone."

Sarah Henchoz is a leading employment specialist with the ability to turn her hand to any matter. She routinely advises household-name clients on the employment aspects of corporate transactions, including those with cross-border elements. She is also adept at handling contentious matters involving whistle-blowing and discrimination claims.
"Sarah Henchoz is just outstanding - she has an incredible work ethic and an amazing capacity to secure the best outcome for her clients." "She is very strategic, she is forensic, she is very pragmatic and she is solution-oriented."

Robbie Sinclair has built a reputation for his expertise advising financial services clients on regulatory employment matters such as those relating to the SMCR. He is widely commended for his litigation experience.
"He is very knowledgeable about financial services clients as he understands the nuances of complex regulatory work." "He is thoughtful, he really tries to grasp and understand the client's view and he is able to make his advice comprehensible."

Vicky Wickremeratne offers expertise acting in a broad range of sensitive disputes, both domestic and international. She is valued for her knowledge of the financial services sector.
"She is very responsive, she is knowledgeable, and she is pragmatic and commercial in her advice." "She is very impressive and, because she has worked in-house at a bank, she has a very good feel for how clients look at stuff."

Gordon Bartlett is an able employment lawyer who works for an impressive roster of clients which includes household-name corporates and high-profile financial institutions.
"He has a good, pragmatic and commercial approach." "He is easy to deal with and he is responsive."

Hannah Crisp's impressive client base includes financial services and e-commerce clients. Her experience ranges from assisting with investigations to employment litigation.
"We are very pleased with her advice and service."

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