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Herbert Smith Freehills

Employment

5 ranked lawyersBand 1London (Firms)UK 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Widely recognised for the strength of its employment litigation work, the team offers a wealth of experience in handling all manner of complex Employment Tribunal and High Court matters. Also works with employers on board-level disputes and investigations. Regularly advises large employers from the retail sector and financial services.

Strengths

One client reports: "I find HSF to be the best in terms of quality of advice, all-round service and value for money."

Sources say: "They get on top of vast amounts of information quickly, they are obliging in the accommodation of timescales, they manage litigation well and they give the client confidence."

Interviewees recognise that the firm "has enormous resources and can handle large litigation."

Work highlights

Continued to advise Jefferies in relation to multi-jurisdictional proceedings against Cantor Fitzgerald relating to a team move.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Taggart enjoys an excellent reputation for his advice to employers on all forms of complex employment disputes. His expertise encompasses equal pay claims and regulatory matters.
"He has a really powerful insight on the best way to strategically position a case." "He is at the top of his game - he is exceptional at getting to the nub of the issue and he provides workable solutions for sensitive issues."

Christine Young advises employer clients on a broad range of issues including business restructurings, team moves and the employment aspects of transactions. She is also regularly called upon to advise on harassment claims and the SMCR.
"She is a rising star of the commercial employment team and clients really love her." "She is efficient and knowledgeable."

Nick Wright assists clients with contentious and non-contentious employment matters. He is experienced advising on team moves and discrimination claims.
"He is very responsive, always available and very personable."

Peter Frost maintains his reputation as a go-to solicitor for major corporates facing high-profile and bet-the-company employment disputes. His deep experience includes defending significant equal pay claims.
"He hasfantastic knowledge of all the latest cases." "He is very bright, he is a deep thinker, he is creative and he is imaginative."

Tim Leaver has experience advising large employers on transactional and contentious employment matters. He is proficient in discrimination claims and the SMCR. He also acts as a mental health mentor as part of the firm's diversity and inclusion initiatives.
"He offers opinions that are well thought through and commercial, he is a strong negotiator, he is comfortable dealing with the most senior of partners and the most junior HR staff, and he helps with forward planning." "He is very personable, he is always willing to help and he makes us feel like a valued client."

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London (Firms)

Employment: Employer


Andrew Taggart
Band 1
Christine Young
Band 4
Nick Wright
Associates to watch
Peter J Frost
Senior Statespeople
Tim Leaver
Band 3