Lewis Silkin LLP


11 ranked lawyersBand 1London (Firms)UK 2021 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 TUPE, 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 substantial international elements.


Clients note the team's "absolute best-of-breed understanding of UK employment law particularly with reference to contentious High Court matters."

Others report that "as an employment practice in terms of strength and depth of quality of team they are just unrivalled; for any issue they have an expert who's dealt with it already, and the finished product is always very good."

Sources declare that the firm's "depth and breadth of expertise is really impressive."

Work highlights

Advised Avery Homes on a major High Court equal pay claim brought by 80 care workers.

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.
"A standout choice for employment law; he's great." "He really understands our objectives as a client and helps us to achieve our goals with legal advice tailored to our strengths and what we need." "He is excellent; he has a lot of in-depth legal knowledge."

David Hopper assists clients across the spectrum of employment matters. He is commended for his expertise in collective employment law.
"He is very bright, switched-on and well versed in the law." "There's nothing he doesn't know about European Works Councils."

James Davies draws praise for his experience acting on high-level employment matters. He excels in advising clients on domestic and international issues.
"He's exceptional." "He's very commercial." "He has a fantastic reputation in employment."

Karen Baxter is particularly recognised for her workplace investigations expertise. Her experience includes discrimination and harassment claims before the Employment Tribunal.
"She provides very pragmatic business advice." "Her advice is very practical and measured, and very responsive."

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 has an impressive attention to detail." "He has huge depth of experience." "He is very bright and good at working in fast-paced litigation."

Michael Burd demonstrates extensive experience acting in high-level employment disputes. He has a depth of experience in senior exits and cross-border matters.
"He is incredibly helpful and gives practical, pragmatic and helpful advice." "He is outstanding." "He is a brilliant negotiator - a very wise and experienced solicitor."

Nicholas Hadaway offers notable expertise representing senior-level employees in a variety of high-value disputes, with a particular focus on the financial services sector. He is regularly called upon to handle cases involving discrimination and whistle-blowing.
"He's a standout adviser; he's very good at cutting through all the noise with very pragmatic advice." "He is fantastic." "He is a complete delight to work with; he has a wonderful client manner and is acutely sensitive to the needs of clients who are under immense pressure."

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.
"He's excellent - commercial and pragmatic." "He's an absolute superstar for anything employment law-related; he's incredibly measured and calculated in the advice he gives. He's a really brilliant lawyer." "He gives practical, astute advice that blends a sensitivity to the problem with an innovative approach to a solution."

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 pragmatic, to-the-point, commercial and quick; he's great."

Toni Lorenzo is highly experienced in High Court disputes. He is lauded as an expert in restrictive covenant and team move matters.
"He is an excellent employment lawyer who you want in your corner in the event an employment matter becomes litigious." "He is a go-to person for team move litigation - there's nobody better in the City." "He is probably the foremost commercial litigator in the employment world; he is absolutely brilliant."

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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.

Employment Department

Lewis Silkin LLP

Department location

5 Chancery Lane

Clifford's Inn


Greater London



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London (Firms)

Employment: Employer

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