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Number of partners: 15

Number of other fee-earners: 12


Employment: Paul Quain, Jon Gilligan


GQ|Littler is a leading specialist law firm for employers in the UK and Ireland, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. The firm has a team of 26 lawyers in London which equals or exceeds the employment law capability of most full-service City firms in size, experience and expertise.

The firm is part of Littler, the world’s largest employment law firm with more than 1,600 lawyers in over 90 offices worldwide, recently expanding its global reach to Singapore, Austria, Poland and Ireland. 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, Ireland 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



GQ|Littler is an expert in advising on all employment law issues from com- plex 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 whistle-blowing

■ 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 off-shoring

■ Pay and bonuses

■ Employee incentives and share schemes

■ Employment Tax, including IR35

■ Immigration

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