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Chambers Review

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

Leading employment law practice that advises employers across a wide range of issues, with strengths in complex litigation and transactional support. Also assists clients with the full spectrum of advisory matters, with recent work including investigations and sensitive disciplinaries. Provides a deep bench of skilled lawyers who are highly experienced in acting for high-profile clients from the financial services sector, especially investment banks, hedge funds and asset managers. Also advises TMT and public sector clients, as well as other law firms.

Strengths

Interviewees say: "Simmons & Simmons continues to impress with its market knowledge within the financial services sector and its excellent updates."

"They give a Rolls-Royce service," according to sources, who especially recommend the "fabulous team of associates."

"Commercially minded with a sensitivity to fees and very proactive" is how one client describes the team, adding: "It is a fantastic firm which provides us with exactly what we need - we couldn't ask for better advisers and we thoroughly enjoy working with them."

Work highlights

Represented Future in the employment matters relating to its £594 million acquisition of GoCompare.com.

Notable practitioners

Julian Taylor maintains his reputation as a go-to adviser for major employers on contentious and non-contentious matters. He regularly advises clients on whistle-blowing, restrictive covenants and the employment implications of corporate transactions.
"Julian Taylor is one of the most authoritative solicitors in the employment world; he is extremely experienced and has an unparalleled commercial instinct." "He is calm, measured and has a nice style with clients and in-house counsel."

Andrea Finn is considered a trusted employment adviser by leading financial services firms. She takes on a wide variety of work including whistle-blowing claims, investigations and advice on the SMRC.
"She has a laser-like mind for working out where the knots are. She can untangle them and she comes to a strategic view. She is also unbelievably responsive." "She knows her cases inside out and understands the commercial side."

Daniel Ornstein has standout knowledge of the employment issues affecting the asset management industry and is regularly sought out by fund managers.
"He always provides very practical advice without quoting the law book." "On really challenging stuff he is a strong and robust adviser."

Fiona Bolton handles a full range of contentious and non-contentious work for financial services clients. She has a deep well of disputes experience, often acting in both the Employment Tribunal and High Court.
"Fiona Bolton has seen everything at least once, and there is no problem you can throw at her that she has not done 20 times and finessed a response for."

Mandy Perry has substantial expertise in advising major employers on both complex contentious and non-contentious employment matters. She is skilled in counselling clients on discrimination, whistle-blowing, sexual harassment and unfair dismissal claims.
"She has a real strength in litigation and she is strategically very helpful." "She is responsive and knowledgeable."

Oliver Jones is best known for his work advising financial services clients on employment matters. His expertise includes a full range of employment litigation and issues relating to the SMCR.
"He just cuts through the noise to give clear, common-sense, strategic advice."

Peter Lockwood has advised international banks and FTSE 250 companies on a wide spectrum of employment issues. His capabilities span both litigation and non-contentious matters.
"He is very proactive, enthusiastic and responsive." "He is very supportive and very good on the detail."

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