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Lewis Silkin LLP


13 ranked lawyersBand 1London (Firms)UK 2022 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Recognised for its work for both employers and senior executives in the financial services, retail, advertising, technology and professional services sectors. The firm houses a deep bench of experienced practitioners who routinely act for clients on discrimination and restrictive covenant matters. Recent work has included advising 'gig economy' employers on matters relating to worker status. Also offers a robust practice advising on the employment aspects of large corporate transactions, including those involving TUPE transfers or substantial international elements.


Clients say: "The size of the team means that there is extraordinary strength in depth and an unrivalled degree of expertise across all aspects of employment law. The lawyers are also responsive, commercial and down to earth."

"Approachable, friendly, thorough and responsive" is how once source describes the team, adding: "They not only provide excellent legal advice tailored to our organisation, but they also provide great thought leadership and industry insights."

Work highlights

Acted for Stifel in the High Court in relation to a team move. The dispute involved claims against six former employees and Jefferies for breach of contract, inducing breach of contract and unlawful means conspiracy.

Notable practitioners

Colin Leckey is distinguished for his expertise in employment cases relating to worker status and equal pay. His clients include technology and financial services firms.
"He is super responsive, he is a trusted adviser and he is very good at strategising on cases." "I could not do my job without him on speed dial as he is knowledgeable, responsive, supportive and looks at the broader business purposes of a matter."

David Hopp er is commended for his expertise in collective employment law.
"He's outstanding; he is clearly a subject matter expert. He has a huge amount of knowledge and experience." "He is easy to reach, he is pragmatic, his advice is clear and concise, he has a commercial understanding and he is approachable."

James Davies draws praise for his experience acting on high-level employment matters. Clients turn to Davies for advice on both domestic and international employment matters.
"There is no complex dispute he does not bring value to." "He is clearly a leader in his field and he is hugely respected across the profession; the other side's lawyers just nod along in agreement as James lays down the law."

Karen Baxter is particularly recognised for her workplace investigations expertise. Her experience includes discrimination and harassment claims before the Employment Tribunal. She also heads Lewis Silkin's mental health initiative.
"She knows the law incredibly well, she is very commercial and she finds practical solutions." "She is excellent technically, she is very creative and she's a brilliant problem solver because she comes at situations from a different angle and perspective."

Laetitia Cooke 's practice sees her handle a broad range of matters for senior individuals, with recent cases involving whistle-blowing, harassment and discrimination.
"She is fantastic - she is practical, she is commercial and she has a great work ethic." "She does a great job on knotty pieces of litigation."

Michael Anderson is valued for his High Court experience, particularly in team move litigation. He is noted for his work with financial services clients.
"He is very smart, very solutions-focused and very strategic in his approach." "Michael Anderson is really good at strategy, he is tactically astute and he is great to work with."

Michael Burd is the chair of Lewis Silkin. He has extensive experience of advising employers on high-level employment disputes and is noted for his work on cross-border matters.
"He is commercial, he always looks to identify the best solution for his clients, he is very pragmatic and he is a real strategist who is excellent at fighting your corner." "He understands people and he is good at getting the right result in a difficult situation."

Nicholas Hadaway is well known for his work for senior-level employees working in the City of London. He advises clients on high-value disputes and is regularly called upon to handle cases involving discrimination and whistle-blowing.
"He's brilliant at sitting down with the client and identifying their goals and how to achieve them." "He is meticulous, very client-focused and very switched on to the subtleties of a case." "He is excellent in his field of law. He is compassionate, considerate, thorough, precise and clear."

Richard Miskella receives acclaim for his work on behalf of major employers and senior executives. He is particularly noted for his expertise advising clients on investigations and workplace culture change. Miskella has been the joint managing partner of Lewis Silkin since 2019.
"He is a pleasure to deal with in high-octane situations, he is tactically very good and he always looks to get a deal done." "He is excellent - he is tough and he is strategic."

Sean Dempsey is recognised for his work advising household-name clients on sensitive employment matters. He regularly advises clients in the technology sector.
"He is very pleasant to deal with and takes a refreshingly conciliatory, rather than aggressive, approach to negotiating." "He is very pragmatic, commercially oriented, experienced and a very reassuring adviser."

Toni Lorenzo is highly experienced in High Court disputes. He is lauded as an expert on restrictive covenants and team moves, and is recognised for his work with both employers and employees.
"He is an absolute master of strategy." "He's seen and done it all. He's really sensible commercially, he's very good at getting the client to where they need to be, and he gives very sound and sensible advice."

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Lewis Silkin is widely recognised as the leading specialist employment law practice.

Our team of over 140 employment and immigration lawyers, including 23 partners, is consistently top ranked amongst our peers for over a decade and advise on all the day to day UK and Irish employment law issues that arise from the initial employment offer to departure and everything in between. Our practice has the distinctive strength in depth to support clients in a range of specialist areas.

We have dedicated teams who advise exclusively on business immigration and global mobility and employee incentives/employment tax. We also have specialist groups who focus on High Court litigation (such as restrictive covenants and team moves), collective employment law (including dealing with trade unions and European Works Councils), data protection and employee privacy, health and safety law and partnerships law. We also advise on the employment aspects of outsourcing and M&A transactions.

Through our rockhopper service, we can provide clients with low cost, fixed fee helpline and Employment Tribunal support.

Our WORKSPHERE offering supports clients with HR and manager training, workplace mediations, investigations and consultancy services along with a variety of audit services to help clients stay compliant with frequently changing rules and requirements.

LEWIS SILKINHOUSE, our flexible resourcing service, provides employment lawyers for fixed term secondments when the need arises at a competitive cost.


Lewis Silkin LLP


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London (Firms)

Employment: Employer

Colin Leckey
Band 3
James Davies
Senior Statespeople
Karen Baxter
Band 5
Michael Anderson
Band 4
Michael Burd
Eminent Practitioners
Richard Miskella
Eminent Practitioners

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