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

Highly experienced employment team covering the whole spectrum of employment law, with expertise in restrictive covenants, discrimination and transactional matters. Stands out for its expertise in industrial relations and European Works Councils. Frequently represents global employers, with regular work for those in the retail and financial services sectors. Widely recognised for its ability to handle complex international employment issues including multi-jurisdictional restructuring processes. Increasingly well known for expertise in equal pay matters.

Strengths

Interviewees say: "The work they do is of a very high standard, they think outside of the box, and the partners are quick to address any concerns or questions that may arise."

Sources say: "They are rightly considered a leading law firm with an enviable client base and are well equipped to meet demands on the most high-profile matters. They have incredible bench strength at all levels and they are all extremely knowledgeable across all practice areas."

An impressed client says: "They are very responsive, they understand my company's culture and needs, and they're proactive and pragmatic."

Work highlights

Advised Sony on the employment aspects of the sale of its stake in Syco, a joint venture between the music company and Simon Cowell, responsible for TV formats such as The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent.

Notable practitioners

John Evason is regularly called upon to handle high-stakes employment disputes, senior-level departures and sensitive investigations. He is also acclaimed for his deep experience of industrial relations issues.
"He is very able on industrial relations matters and in that space he is the safest pair of hands." "It is hard to rival his experience on unions." "If being stellar is not enough, he is also very down to earth and commercial."

Monica Kurnatowska has impressive experience of handling complex employment disputes and advisory matters for major clients. She is known for her expertise in trade union matters.
"The breadth of her experience is phenomenal." "She is an outstanding lawyer who provides a first-class service while juggling the intense demands of running high-profile matters on behalf of her clients. She is unflappable, courteous and extremely knowledgeable."

Julia Wilson is adept at assisting clients with cross-border employment projects. She is also a member of the firm's pro bono committee.
"She is incredibly responsive and pragmatic."

Stephen Ratcliffe has a client base that includes household-name clients and leading names in the financial services sector. His practice is wide and sees him advising on equal pay dispute, large restructuring exercises and discrimination claims.
"Stephen Ratcliffe is fantastic - he is really bright and user-friendly." "He is really excellent - he is very focused and he is commercial."

Kim Sartin is known for her work advising on the employment aspects of significant international transactions. She is also recognised for her knowledge of industrial relations and for her experience in the TMT sector.
"She is business-focused, practical and gives practical solutions." "She is a very good lawyer who is very strong technically."

Matthew Berridge assists clients with a wide variety of employment matters including regular work on transactions spanning multiple jurisdictions.
"He is very personable, friendly, and he is easy to engage with." "He has a very good understanding of the company's requirements, he is very responsive, he has a very friendly attitude, and he provides sound and practical advice."

Annabel Mackay is a highly regarded associate who draws praise for her work on behalf of financial sector clients and large corporates. She regularly advises employers on their defence of whilstle-blowing and discrimination claims.
"She is very experienced and she is trusted by clients to manage their most sensitive matters." "I am impressed by Annabel’s extremely thorough and detail-oriented handling of complex and challenging discrimination and whistle-blowing claims." "She gives very solid, sound and reasoned advice that takes risk factors into account."

Rob Marsh is an associate in Baker McKenzie's employment team and earns praise for his work on investigations and litigation.
"He is proactive, responsive and gives sound advice." "Rob is efficient, he is effective and he is a pleasure to deal with."

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John Evason
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Kim L Sartin
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Employment: Employer: Industrial Relations

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John Evason
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Monica Kurnatowska
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