Managing Partner: Gareth Brahams
Number of partners: 6
Assistant solicitors: 9
THE FIRM BDBF is London’s leading and highly regarded specialist employment law firm. The firm’s partners include three of the Lawyer Magazine’s Hot 100 lawyers. They have fought and won some of the highest value employment disputes of recent years against a range of ‘magic circle’ opponents. Their creative thinking has resulted in ground-breaking litigation outcomes in areas such as whistleblowing and equality law. The entire team is reputed for its high quality legal advice.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Advising senior employees, board directors and partners in exit negotiations from employers, partnerships and LLPs and negotiating terms on joining a new firm. Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR), including regulatory reference advice. Negotiating high value settlements in equality law, senior executive equal pay and whistleblowing disputes. Litigating high stakes, complex Employment Tribunal disputes. Litigating High Court contractual, bonus, misrepresentation and restrictive covenant disputes.
The firm provides businesses with strategic and practical solutions for employment and partnership issues, including advice on HR matters; redundancy and restructuring; internal grievance, disciplinary and regulatory investigations; and litigation in the Employment Tribunals and High Court including breach of confidential information and restrictive covenant disputes. When defending litigation, the firm is rigorous in support of its clients.
Acting for both sides provides the firm’s lawyers with a unique tactical insight.
CLIENTS Most of the firm’s individual clients work in regulated sectors at a senior level. They are heads of desks, directors, senior vice presidents, managing directors and above in financial and insurance services, partners or members of LLPs, accountants, senior lawyers, consultant doctors working in healthcare, or senior managers, directors and C-suite individuals in technology companies and industry.
The firm does not act for bulge bracket investment banks or the major UK retail banks in order to ensure it remains conflict free and can act against them.
The firm’s employer clients span a diverse range of sectors. The firm advises legal and professional service firms, boutique investment banks, hedge funds, private equity firms, insurance firms, technology start ups, retailers, utility companies, recruitment agencies, brokers and corporate financiers. The firm also advises LLPs and general partnerships.