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Angharad Harris

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Practice Areas

Angharad has over 25 years of experience working in a City law firm with 15 years as a partner. She advises on all aspects of employment law across a wide range of industry sectors across both the public and private sectors, acting for individuals and firms.

Her practice is varied and she is particularly experienced at dealing with sensitive strategic employment law issues, including matters that involve reputational risk. This includes dismissals, board-level disputes, negotiating new contracts, employment aspects of commercial transactions, large global reorganisations, collective consultation issues, the Transfer of Undertaking Regulations and outsourcing issues, and employment litigation (including discrimination and whistleblowing, restrictive covenants and bonus issues).

Her work often includes an international element involving corporates in multiple jurisdictions or individual clients with cross-border employment issues. She also advises businesses and individuals in relation to UK immigration matters.

Angharad is the former Chair of the Employment Law Committee of England & Wales and served on the Committee for a total of nine years. During this time she was actively engaged with key stakeholders on Government policy such as the employment Law Parliamentary Support Group at the House of Commons. Angharad was also one of five members of the Working Party led by Mr Justice Underhill, responsible for carrying out the Fundamental Review of Employment Tribunal Rules that came into effect in 2013.

Angharad regularly leads seminars and training on employment law as well as bespoke senior management training sessions as well as Thought Leadership sessions.

Career

Prior to joining Keystone Law in 2018, Angharad worked at Watson Farley & Williams

Professional Memberships

Member of the Law Society of England & Wales

Member of the Employment Lawyers Association

Member of the Immigration Practitioners Association

Experience

Employment Litigation:

- Acted for a major insurance provider in relation to an equal pay claim. The claim was successfully settled for a fraction of the original claim.

- Advised a major insurance company on a dispute with an employee dismissed for gross misconduct who subsequently filed counterclaims of unfair dismissal, breach of contract, and age and race discrimination claims.

- Successfully defended an international shipping group in the Employment Appeal Tribunal against whistleblowing and breach of contract claims against a former executive director. The EAT considered the extent to which the provisions of the Employment Rights Act 1996 may be applied extra-territorially, in particular in connection with unfair dismissal rights.

Terminations/Settlement Agreements:

- Advised a high-profile global PR company on practical and strategic advice relating to the enforceability of restrictive covenant and insolvency issues arising from an LLP agreement and attempts from the former administrators to recover excess advances from former members and to a seek to require the new employer to agree to enter into a revenue-sharing agreement.

- Acted for senior executives across a whole range of sectors including for IT directors of private equity firms, UK general counsel, CEO of a pharma group, CEO of financial services, and global HR director of technology groups.

- Advised on severance terms and agreements for a premiership football club.

Contract Issues:

- Provided 1-2-1 training on the Senior Management Regime to individuals holding a senior management function at a bank in the UK.

- Advised the CEO of a global advertising company on her terms under an LLP agreement.

- Advised a Luxembourg bank on its establishment of a new branch in the UK, which included carrying out a project management and compliance role.

Outsourcing/TUPE:

- Advised a facilities management company on the roll-out of a global outsourcing contract in 15 jurisdictions and co-ordinating advice in relation to applicable consultation and information obligations.

- Acted for an international professional services firm in respect of an outsourcing contract won in relation to the provision of facilities management services across 121 properties, across 94 countries in the Middle East, Asia Pacific, China and Africa

- Assisted the owner of a biomass plant to terminate its services agreement with the manager of the plant due to continued poor performance. This involved establishing the application of TUPE; analysing the indemnification protection; and assisting the company to follow a fair dismissal procedure and also dealing with complicated issues around the consultation process.

Restructuring/Reorganisations

- Advised a Nordic bank on a major restructuring programme for its UK operation to include strategic advice on the terms of the severance package and on retention arrangements.

- Assisted an international shipping company with a global restructuring, centred on moving the core agency operations of the group’s business from the UK to Switzerland.

- Advised in relation to collective redundancies taking place in the UK, Germany and France and also dealing with issues related to the European Works Council while also fulfilling domestic consultation processes in terms of timing on informing and consulting on the restructuring process.