Our employment team has a nationally and internationally acknowledged reputation for all aspects of employment law.


The team has a particular focus on high stakes litigation in the Employment Tribunal and High Court, major projects and transactions and for investigations around regulatory and compliance issues with an employment angle. 

We are one of the most experienced teams in the UK, and trusted advisors to a wide range of  businesses including international corporates, FTSE companies, financial institutions and public and private sector organisations.

Our team has specialist experience in handling complex and sensitive matters for clients which are  high value or have the potential to affect strategy and reputation.

We also understand that each client’s circumstances are unique and adapt our approach accordingly.

Our main employment related practice areas are:

Expertise

Our strength is in the breadth of our coverage, which includes: 

  • Collective labour issues including labour disputes, trade union recognition, negotiating collective agreements, works councils, information and consultation agreements
  • All aspects of discrimination law, including those outside the employment sphere such as access to goods and services
  • The recruitment and termination of senior executives including all corporate governance issues
  • Immigration, namely the employment of senior non-EEA nationals in the UK. Find out more about our immigration practice here
  • Litigation in the High Court, county courts and employment tribunals on disputes ranging from unfair dismissal and discrimination claims to restraint of trade and breach of confidence, including consideration of foreign law and jurisdiction issues.
  • Outsourcing, including numerous multijurisdictional and offshoring deals
  • Privacy and data protection, undertaking audits of HR documentation and related procedures, advising on subject access requests and applications to the Information Commissioner
  • Restructuring and organisational change, including the planning and implementation of redundancy programmes, boardroom restructuring and changing terms and conditions
  • Transactional work, which has seen us advise on the employment aspects of national and global corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and initial public offerings
Recent experience

Our recent experience includes advising:

  • Head hunters, leading international accounting and law firms and financial institutions on partner and team hires, departures and the enforceability of post termination restraints
  • Employers on template employment contracts and handbooks
  • A FTSE 100 company on a £1.4 million whistleblowing claim
  • A FTSE 100 company in relation to a large scale restructuring and redundancy exercise and the successful handling of  various Employment Tribunal claims
  • A Fortune 350 company in relation to a complex disability discrimination case in the Employment Appeal Tribunal
  • A global bank in an outsourcing project involving employment issues in 38 jurisdictions
  • A major credit card service provider in relation to the acquisition of another business and the harmonisation of terms and conditions
  • In a landmark case in the High Court relating to the enforcement of restrictive covenants subject to a foreign law
An international practice

Our UK employment practice is complemented by specialist teams in the GCC, Asia and Germany where we combine local market expertise with the very best expertise. Where we don’t have offices we can call upon employment lawyers across our preferred firm network to provide clients with advice wherever required.

Asia

The Hong Kong employment team has experience of advising on a full range of employment issues. The team’s experience across Greater China and other parts of Asia complements that of our other offices, particularly those in the UK. International corporates frequently ask us to coordinate regional reviews to ensure and manage global standards of practice involving working closely with close contacts across a network of similarly specialist employment firms across Asia. In addition to specialist matters, we also advise on a range of employment issues arising out of the ordinary course of business, including general HR legal and advisory work.

GCC

Gorvinder Pannu leads our team in the GCC where we have experience across both contentious and non contentious employment matters, working with an enviable portfolio of multinational companies, blue chip companies and local companies across all sectors, in particular oil and gas, power and water, transportation, telecoms, education, and financial institutions.

In common with our UK team, we also deliver training and workshops to clients in our local markets on various employment topics.

Germany

Our employment team in Germany has a nationally and internationally recognised reputation for all aspects of individual and collective employment law. It has specialist experience in handling complex and sensitive matters for clients, which are high value or have the potential to affect strategy or reputation. Working closely together with the rest of our lawyers in Germany, in particular with Corporate and Commercial, Data Protection and Competition as well as M&A, the team provides a one-stop offering for any labour and employment related query.

Our expertise and experience spans a wide range of sectors including Automotive, Digital, Financial Services, Health, Industrials, IT, Real Estate, Retail & Consumer and Transport.

AG is also a member of the Employment Law Alliance, the leading international network of more than 3,000 attorneys providing employment and labour expertise in more than 90 countries and all 50 US states.

Testimonials

"Their litigation work is Magic Circle quality, at an affordable rate."
Chambers UK (2016)

"They have a range of excellent skills and a collective knowledge of financial services that is outstanding."
Chambers UK (2016)

"Their attention to detail is first class."
The Legal 500 (2015)

Key contacts

Meet the team
Michael Leftley

Michael Leftley

Partner, Head of Employment, Incentives & Immigration Group
London

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