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About

Provided by Mishcon de Reya LLP

The employment team at Mishcon de Reya manages the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment law. We act at the highest level for both organisations and senior executives on complex, high profile and high stakes situations. As a result, we have a unique understanding of tactics deployed by both sides and a balanced understanding of the issues involved.

We offer advice in the following areas:
•    Discrimination, Bullying & Harassment
•    HR Advisory and Employment Documentation
•    Redundancy and Restructuring
•    Transactional Support and TUPE
•    Team Moves and Restrictive Covenants
•    Whistleblowing
•    Worker Status and the Gig Economy
•    Incentives
•    Business Immigration

We advise clients across all business sectors, with niche expertise advising LLPs and Partnerships, working seamlessly with our dedicated incentives and business immigration teams. Together we build our clients' businesses, defend against claims, resolve disputes, and manage investigations and complex executive and boardroom issues, leveraging our dedicated reputation protection experts where needed.

We also work with CEOs, founders, board members and senior executives across all sectors, from finance and banking to sport and fashion, to manage their personal employment law needs. This ranges from negotiating the terms on which they enter or exit employment, to resolving disputes, or representing them in regulatory investigations and proceedings.

Chambers Review

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Employment: Employer - London (Firms)
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Band 2
What the team is known for

Highly skilled team acting for both employers and senior executives across all aspects of employment law. Provides employers with day-to-day support as well as advice on complex litigation. Particularly recognised for its work on senior exits. Also regularly chosen to advise other law firms on internal employment issues. Other notable areas of work include equal pay and status for 'gig economy' workers. Advises an impressive roster of clients from a diverse set of industries, including financial services, retail and media.

Strengths

"They staff matters very appropriately, and multi-jurisdictional things are handled beautifully," according to clients, who describe Mishcon as "a premier shop for complex employment-related matters and litigation."

Clients reveal that "Mishcon de Reya is undoubtedly a heavy hitter in the legal realm but they do not lose the personal touch when dealing with their clients. You really feel that they’re with you every step of the way, which is so important for individuals squaring up to a large corporate."

"I needed to find a firm that was going to provide sound legal advice, be aggressive when I needed it to be, and able to guide me on the decision-making," reports one interviewee, who confirms that "it was a really brilliant decision to hire them as they were really superb."

Work highlights

Acted for William Lewis, the former CEO of Dow Jones, on the negotiations surrounding his departure from the company.

Notable practitioners

Joanna Blackburn is widely noted for her work acting for both employers and individual senior executives. Her experience is broad, and clients seek her out for all types of employment work including senior exits, discrimination claims and workforce restructuring.
"She tells you what you need to hear and she is really creative in her solutions."

Daniel Naftalin is highly regarded for his successful practice acting on both sides of employment disputes. He is proficient in worker status, discrimination and team move cases. In addition to his fee-earning work, he is also the chair of Mishcon's employment group.
"He is very good at identifying the core issue and he uses that to negotiate a settlement where every party leaves happy." "He's really commercial, he is super practical, he is really experienced and he knows how to lead you to the desired outcome by giving bespoke advice and solutions." "He reads the opponent extremely well and is able to anticipate their next moves. Daniel also possesses a great deal of empathy, which makes him a fantastic person to partner with on complex and important cases."

Jennifer Millins is commended for her skill managing large-scale litigation. She has acted on, and offers notable expertise in, substantial equal pay claims.
"She is excellent - she is engaged and she is a clear thinker." "She quickly assesses complex matters and is able to guide me on them. Her decisions are always spot-on, she is always available and she responds quickly."

Greg Campbell advises senior executives on a broad range of employment issues including exits, whistle-blowing and discrimination claims. He has notable expertise when acting for employees in regulated industries including legal professionals and those working in financial services.
"He is very reassuring." "He knows his stuff and does a good job."

Susannah Kintish is noted for her wide knowledge of employment law. She regularly advises clients on senior executive exits and whistle-blowing.
"She uses the law to her client's advantage. She understands commercial issues quickly and she gives strategic advice." "She is very pragmatic in her approach and she gets to the point."

Sarah Keeble is sought out by major corporates because of the breadth of her expertise. She is well known for her work on disputes before the Employment Tribunal and High Court, but is also highly capable when it comes to non-contentious matters.
"She is a great lawyer who is really good at focusing on both the detail and the bigger picture." "She is extremely responsive, and she gives thoughtful, practical advice that is accessible and actionable. She is also very proactive in keeping us informed on key issues which may impact the company or its employees."

Sharon Tan regularly acts for large corporate clients from a broad range of industries. She offers expertise spanning advisory and transactional matters including international employment. She is also recognised for her ability to counsel individuals on exit agreements as well as those involved with disputes with their employers.
"She is calm, collected, measured in a crisis and someone who you’d willingly have in the trenches with you. Sharon has an acute ability to absorb enormous amounts of information in a short period of time and she is never fazed by whatever challenge you throw her way." "She combines a razor-sharp intellect with commerciality, pragmatism and a genuinely down-to-earth and engaging approach."

Matthew Wood works with high-profile corporates including household-name clients. His work spans advisory and litigation matters.
"I am incredibly impressed by his knowledge, his approach and his responsiveness - he is a rising star." "He has an excellent balance of strategy and execution. He is always very responsive, precise and a joy to work with."

Ranked Lawyers at
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Employment: Employer

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Daniel Naftalin
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Joanna Blackburn
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4
Sarah Keeble
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Sharon Tan
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Susannah Kintish
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Matthew Wood
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Employment: Senior Executive

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Daniel Naftalin
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Band 1
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Joanna Blackburn
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2
Jennifer Millins
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3
Greg Campbell
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Susannah Kintish
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4
Sharon Tan
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David Cummings

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Mark Levine

Sharon Tan

Stephen Diosi

Susannah Kintish

Will Winch

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