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Charles Russell Speechlys

Employment

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What the team is known for

Provides expert employment advice to corporate groups, with particular experience handling severance negotiations, complicated exits and the employment aspects of large corporate transactions. Serves a broad range of clients, with notable work for retail and sports organisations. Also has experience working with employers and senior individuals from the financial services sector.

Strengths

Clients say: "They are always ready to pitch in at short notice. They have taken the time to understand our business and the way we like to work, and the result is that they are an external resource that feels like an extension of our internal team."

"I find Charles Russell Speechlys' lawyers to be practical and down to earth in their approach," says one interviewee, who explains: "They speak in layman's terms, they are approachable and I don’t mind asking them silly questions."

Interviewees report that "the team provides excellent communication in a timely manner."

Work highlights

Advised Rapha Racing on a wide range of UK and cross-border employment matters including employment contracts, policy reviews and issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Notable practitioners

Michael Powner regularly provides transactional employment support to clients from a range of industries, often handling matters involving cross-border elements. He is experienced in advising on dismissals and the employment aspects of M&A.
"Clients love working with him." "Michael Powner is knowledgeable and responsive."

Nick Hurley handles a full range of employment matters including disputes in the Employment Tribunal and High Court. He also regularly leads on non-contentious work including restructurings and TUPE transfers.
"He is very approachable and he is very good at translating technical law into pragmatic and logical next steps." "He is very pragmatic and hands-on, and he is very helpful at making introductions to other firms within their regional networks."

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Overview

The team is known for advising premium major corporates and professional service firms as well as managing complex senior executive exits and severance negotiations, with a sector focused approach. This allows for the team to be commercial as well as legal advisers. The department was recently commended for its work in The Times survey of Best Legal Firms 2020.

The group have a number of high profile clients including Leon, Ivy Collection, Brasserie Blanc, Nike, Pearson, Wagamama, Hotel Chocolat, Leicester City, Parkson Mobile and Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe.

Key areas of focus in proactively supporting these clients include:
• Gender Pay Reporting: The team continues to provide broad-ranging help to clients; from an assessment of current pay structures to decide whether there are any potential equal pay issues; to the provision of a job evaluation scheme report.
• Gig Economy: The Government is taking steps to address employment and self-employment status, but it is not simple or quick. The team keeps clients abreast of updates/changes and were approached by high profile media trades, such as the BBC, to discuss the issue.
• Diversity and Inclusion: the team continues to offer training and advice in relation to diversity and inclusion and this year welcomed leading neurodiversity expert Daniel Aherne for a client seminar on recognising and maximising the talents of a neuro-diverse workforce.

Employment

Charles Russell Speechlys

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Location

6 New Street Square

London

Greater London

UK

EC4A 3LX

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London (Firms)

Employment: Employer


Michael Powner
Band 5
Nick Hurley
Band 5