Allen & Overy LLP

Employment Department

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What the team is known for Full-service employment practice covering all aspects of transactional and litigious employment topics. Active in mandates concerning dismissals or the hiring of top executives, especially for major financial sector clients. Advises on the implementation of employee share schemes, often within the context of IPOs. Has a notable pensions offering, advising a number of high-profile clients on the implementation of pension schemes and on the transfer of pensions liabilities through M&A transactions.

Strengths Clients appreciate the lawyers' "quick and to-the-point advice," adding: "The lawyers are easily accessible and keep to agreements."

Other sources report that "the lawyers are very connected to our case on a personal level," going on to explain: "They are involved, anticipate what is going to happen and think like they are part of our own legal department."

Work highlights Represented supermarket chain Jumbo in summary proceedings to obtain an injunction against the call for industrial action initiated by two trade unions.

Notable practitioners

Arnold Keizer is described by one client as "extremely fast and efficient," while another interviewee praises his "technical knowledge." Keizer has a strong profile in both litigation and transactional mandates. He offers experience in sensitive dismissals, outsourcing agreements and litigation relating to whistle-blowing.

Frank Doornik handles both contentious and non-contentious pensions matters. He is described by market commentators as a "good litigator and strategist" and deemed by clients to be "knowledgeable and practical." "He's pragmatic, precise and always comes to us with a solution we can implement directly," states another impressed interviewee.

Suzanne Sikkink has a strong transactional employment practice coupled with extensive experience in trade union disputes. She also advises on the termination of executives' contracts. Clients value her willingness to adopt "innovative approaches"and say that she is "quick on her feet, very bright and knowledgeable in the subject matter."