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GQ|Littler

Employment

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What the team is known for

Highly experienced boutique employment law firm offering expert advice to large financial services clients and other high-profile organisations. Deep bench of practitioners handles both contentious and non-contentious matters, with marked success in complex litigation. Also adept at handling bonus disputes and team moves. Able to assist clients with a range of cross-border and international matters, drawing upon the global expertise of the Littler network.

Strengths

Clients characterise the firm as "a true employment specialist providing commercial and pragmatic advice."

Others note that the team is "very solutions-driven with a great network across other locations."

Interviewees report that the lawyers "have commerciality and responsiveness in abundance, as well as great client care."

Work highlights

Acted for the London branch of Commerzbank defending a high-value employment tribunal claim brought by a senior employee involving whistle-blowing, sex, pregnancy and maternity discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

Notable practitioners

Hannah Mahon is esteemed for her employment tribunal litigation experience. She regularly assists clients with unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistle-blowing claims.
"She's very strategic in her thinking and a pleasure to work with." "Her strengths are her technical knowledge and responsiveness."

Paul Quain draws widespread acclaim for his sophisticated practice advising employers on a broad array of disputes. He routinely advises clients on whistle-blowing, discrimination and harassment claims.
"He's extremely experienced and astute." "He's an extremely reliable, commercial practitioner."

Philip Cameron has broad experience in employment law including industrial relations issues. He is particularly recognised for his authoritative advice on matters related to trade union recognition.
"He's very knowledgeable, up to date with the law, measured and thoughtful." "He's excellent and able to see the broader picture and not just the minutiae of the law." "He's very helpful, providing advice and responses on a timely basis."

Raoul Parekh counsels clients on contentious and non-contentious matters including investigations. His practice encompasses the financial services and technology sectors.
"He's extremely helpful, responsive, concise and breaks down what is required and how to manage issues." "He provides a comprehensive service; he's quick to respond and provides specific advice."

Sophie Vanhegan frequently advises employers on matters including TUPE, restrictive covenants and discrimination claims. She is commended for her knowledge of the financial services sector.
"She is exceptionally responsive and commercial, and gives very pragmatic advice." "She is detailed and always provides comprehensive advice."

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Overview

Our approach 

GQ|Littler is a leading specialist law firm for employers in the UK and Ireland. We have a team of 26 lawyers in London which equals or exceeds the employment law capability of most full-service City firms in size, experience and expertise and have recently celebrated our 10-year anniversary.

We are part of Littler, the world’s largest global employment law firm, with more than 1,600 lawyers in over 100 offices worldwide. In the past year we have expanded our global reach to include Singapore, Austria, Poland and Ireland. We provide a single source solution to international businesses including cutting-edge technology and research solutions.

Our ethos is to resolve complex employment law issues in a user-friendly and commercial way. We combine the benefits of high quality full-service law firms with the flexibility, dynamism and personal service of a smaller firm. 

Principal areas of work

We are experts in advising on all employment law issues from complex change projects, M&A support, litigation and senior dismissals, to everyday HR queries.

We have particular expertise in:

  • High Court litigation relating to restrictive covenants, confidential information, poaching and team moves
  • High-value Employment Tribunal litigation
  • Business restructuring and redundancy programmes
  • Executive/senior employee hiring and firing
  • International HR projects
  • Pay and bonuses
  • Employment law aspects of M&A transactions, outsourcing, insourcing and off-shoring
  • Employee incentives and share schemes

Members

Baker, Caroline

Breen, Dónall

Callaghan, Mark

Cameron, Philip

Coombes, Chris

Gilligan, Jon

Harvey, Richard

Isaacs, Darren

Karandikar, Sanika

Mahon, Hannah

Margolis, Deborah

Miller, Georgie

Parekh, Raoul

Pelly, Niall

Pollard, Daniel

Potts, Kate

Quain, Paul

Richards, Kate

Rix, Lisa

Smith, Ben

Vanhegan, Sophie

Williams, Cerys

Clients

Buzzacott LLP

Clearbank

Commerzbank AG

DC Advisory

E A Gibson Shipbrokers Limited

GC Rieber Shipping: Shearwater GeoServices (Shearwater)

Mercer

Morgan Sindall Group plc

Omnipresent

Time Inc

Wilsons Solicitors LLP

Industries

Financial services

Healthcare and pharmaceutical

IT/Technology

Luxury goods

Professional services

Transport and shipping

Employment Department

GQ|Littler

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Department location

21 Ironmonger Lane

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Greater London

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EC2V 8EY

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Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Total 27 Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

London (Firms)

Employment: Employer


Hannah Mahon
Up and Coming
Raoul Parekh
Up and Coming
Sophie Vanhegan
Band 5

Employment: Employer: Industrial Relations


Philip Cameron
Band 2