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GQ|Littler

UK 2022
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Provided by GQ|Littler
UK

Number of partners 16

Number of other fee-earners: 20


Contacts:

Employment: Paul Quain, Jon Gilligan



THE FIRM

GQ|Littler is a leading specialist employment law firm for employers. The firm was founded in 2010, based on an in-house advising style matching the risk appetite of clients and fostering a culture that prioritises inclusivity and diversity and, from the outset, a flexible and agile workplace. With its expansion into Ireland this year, the firm now boasts 36 lawyers which equals or exceeds the employment law capability of most full-service City firms in size, experience and expertise.


GQ|Littler offers an alternative to full service firm models and bridges the gap between large, high-cost full-service firms and smaller, lower cost firms that lack the experience of dealing with complex, business-critical matters by providing a premium international boutique. The firm is focused on advising large, often international, corporate clients.


The firm is part of Littler, the world’s largest employment law firm with more than 1,600 lawyers in over 100 offices worldwide. GQ|Littler provides a single source solution to international businesses, including cutting-edge technology and research solutions.


Offering risk-based advice, the firm’s legal expertise includes employment (contentious and non-contentious), immigration, data privacy and employee tax and incentives. Its client base spans a wide range of sectors including financial services, technology, healthcare, professional services and luxury goods, in the UK and internationally.


The firm’s ethos is to resolve complex employment law issues in a user-friendly and commercial way. As a premium boutique, the firm combines the benefits of high-quality full-service law firms with the flexibility, dynamism and personal service of a smaller firm.



In practice, this means:

■ Top quality, partner-led advice and a single source solution provider to global businesses

■ Lawyers with a proven track record of handling the most demanding and complex issues

■ A highly responsive service

■ A genuine commitment to alternative fee structures

■ A ‘one’ approach for international projects: one work product format, one invoice, one responsible partner and one coordinated fee proposal

■ Proven commitment to diversity with a balanced partnership team

■ A partnering style that focuses on each client’s individual risk appetite and culture

■ A rewarding and liberating environment for ambitious and entrepreneurial lawyers to develop



AREAS OF PRACTICE

Employment: 100%


PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK

GQ|Littler is an expert in advising on all employment law issues from complex change projects, M&A support, litigation (High Court and Employment Tribunal) and senior dismissals, to everyday employee relations issues.



The firm has particular expertise in relation to:

■ High Court litigation related to any people issues in the workplace including disputes with contractors, restrictive covenants, confidential information, poaching and team moves and international and cross-border disputes

■ High-value Employment Tribunal litigation including discrimination and whistleblowing

■ Data protection and workplace technology

■ Business restructuring and large-scale redundancy programmes

■ Trade union, industrial relations, collective bargaining and Works Council issues

■ Diversity and inclusion in the workplace (including training)

■ Mental health in the workplace

■ Executive/senior employee hiring and firing

■ Complex multi-jurisdictional HR projects

■ Employment law aspects of M&A transactions, outsourcing, insourcing and offshoring

■ Pay and bonuses

■ Employee incentives and share schemes

■ Employment Tax, including IR35

■ Immigration

■ Investigations and employee fraud

GQ|Littler rankings

UK Guide 2022
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London (Firms)
Employment: Employer
1 Department
5 Ranked Lawyers
Department
Employment: Employer
3
Employment: Employer
3
Band 3
Lawyers
Paul Quain
2
Paul Quain
2
Band 2
Sophie Vanhegan
4
Sophie Vanhegan
4
Band 4
Cerys Williams
5
Cerys Williams
5
Band 5
Caroline Baker
U
Caroline Baker
U
Up and Coming
Raoul Parekh
U
Raoul Parekh
U
Up and Coming
Employment: Employer: Industrial Relations
1 Ranked Lawyer
Lawyers
Philip Cameron
2
Philip Cameron
2
Band 2