Allen & Overy LLP

Employment Department

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 recent 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 cross-border compliance issues.

Strengths Clients declare that "they're the gold-seal firm for us as they always do such a good job; they're organised, strategic, and they've always thought about every angle."

Others appreciate that "the team takes the time to understand our business and strategy."

Sources comment that "they are the best; it's a really strong, fantastic team to work with."

Work highlights Advised WPP on the employment aspects of the sale of a majority interest in Kantar to Bain Capital.

Notable practitioners


Karen Seward
is the firm's global head of litigation. She brings considerable expertise in advising major employers on an array of sensitive employment issues.
"She has a razor-sharp intellect and is very commercial and pragmatic. I definitely want her on my side in a negotiation or dispute." "She is unequalled in my view and would always be my employment lawyer of choice to help with a difficult case." "Quite simply the best strategist and negotiator that I have come across. She is the first call any client should make."


Mark Mansell
maintains his reputation as a leading adviser to significant clients on the full spectrum of employment work. He regularly deals with both contentious and non-contentious matters and is known for his work with clients in the financial services sector.
"He's marvellous - a really strong technical lawyer." "He is fantastic; he's very calm under pressure and it's difficult to think of many people who have the same breadth of experience in difficult, high-profile employment litigation that he has."


Robbie Sinclair
continues to build a reputation for his expertise advising financial services clients on regulatory employment matters such as the SMCR. He is widely commended for his litigation experience.
"He is outstanding - reasonable and nuanced. He tells you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear, and is highly solutions-orientated with a very strong international perspective as well." "He's particularly experienced in financial services-related employment litigation; he's very good in that area and easy to work with."


Sarah Henchoz
routinely advises financial services clients on the employment aspects of corporate transactions, including those with cross-border elements. She is adept at handling contentious matters involving whistle-blowing and discrimination claims.
"She's great; she's a very good employment lawyer." "She's practical and very business-minded." "She's absolutely brilliant - really knowledgeable and really good on litigation strategy."


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's a great addition to the team." "She's experienced and extremely collegiate."