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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Employment

6 ranked lawyersBand 1London (Firms)UK 2021 View ranking table

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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 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

Sources comment that the team has "fantastic partners and associates, and what really marks them out is their understanding of the financial services industry; they are the crème de la crème."

Clients describe the lawyers as "incredibly responsive" and "absolutely amazing."

Others highlight "the strong overall client care including at the most senior level, the good connectivity across practice areas and the well-regarded regulatory practice."

Work highlights

Acted for Russell Reynolds Associates in relation to a dispute between its employee, Mary Caroline Tillman, and her previous employer, Egon Zehnder. The dispute centred on the enforceability of restrictions in Ms Tillman's employment contract.

Notable practitioners

Andrea Finn is considered a trusted employment adviser to a number of financial services firms. She takes on a wide variety of work including whistle-blowing, investigations and remuneration matters.
"She is an absolutely excellent solicitor and litigator; she's really strong and a very formidable intellect." "She is a superbly sharp, technical lawyer who spots the issues others don't." "She leaves no stone unturned and comes up with creative solutions."

Daniel Ornstein offers a broad spread of expertise in all aspects of domestic and international employment. He is experienced in matters relating to the asset management industry.
"He's great; he's got a vast amount of experience and is extremely practical in his advice." "He is very experienced, pragmatic and super responsive." "He's intelligent, quick, responsive and a great pleasure to work with."

Fiona Bolton handles a full range of contentious and non-contentious work for financial services clients. She offers experience acting in both the Employment Tribunal and High Court.
"She's an excellent lawyer." "She's very skilful in cases of extraordinary sensitivity."

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 restructurings.
"He is extremely helpful, approachable and always makes himself available; he consistently provides high-quality, commercial advice." "He is a fantastic practitioner." "He's great; he simplifies advice to pragmatic solutions."

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 is really experienced and impressive." "She's excellent; she is very good at giving concise options in a way business can understand, helps us strategise to achieve the best outcome and always responds promptly." "Mandy is very easy to work with, attentive, responsive and pragmatic."

Oliver Jones regularly assists asset managers and inter-dealer brokers. His expertise spans litigation and regulatory matters including the SMCR.
"He does a fantastic job." "He is a really good sounding board and someone I would reach out for in a difficult situation." "He's brilliant working with clients and very strong technically."

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London (Firms)

Employment: Employer


Andrea Finn
Band 3
Daniel Ornstein
Band 3
Fiona Bolton
Band 5
Julian Taylor
Band 1
Mandy Perry
Band 5
Oliver Jones
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