Employment

Our team advises corporate clients on all and any employment issues they face, helping them achieve their commercial objectives while mitigating risk. Working side-by-side with their own teams, we take time to get to know our clients and understand their business so we can add maximum value whatever the scenario. We are responsive and ensure our advice is always commercial.

We advise employers in all sectors, but we have particular experience of working with banks, venture capital providers and other financial services organisations as well as clients in the media sector.

We regularly provide employment advice as part of transactions working with our corporate colleagues, highlighting material employment law risks and mitigating them through negotiation of appropriate indemnities, warranties and other provisions.

We also advise senior individuals on their own employment situation, providing strategic advice on resolving any issues with their employer, such as negotiating appropriate exit terms by way of a settlement agreement or advising on covenants and other obligations.

Currently, our clients’ focus is on the key lockdown and post-lockdown issues that virtually every employer is facing, from issues related to furlough, restructuring and redundancy, how to protect employees from a health and safety perspective and how and when to encourage or require a return to office working.  We have also seen an increase in grievances, issues around work stress and employment tribunal litigation reflecting difficult economic times and are assisting a number of clients in robustly defending claims.

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Recent Experience

  • Defending a bank against a race discrimination claim.
  • Advising PLC telecoms company on a major restructure and redundancy programme.
  • Advising international bank on TUPE issues arising out of an outsourcing.
  • Devising and delivering programme of dignity at work training for foreign bank.
  • Advising global media companies on restrictive covenants for senior executives.
  • Advising financial sector employer on responding to grievance raising discrimination allegations against company and senior executives.
  • Advising technology company on the use of contracts to best protect the business.
  • Advising senior executive exited by a private equity buyer.
  • Advising senior banker pursuing grievance claim against major bank.
  • Employment support on various acquisitions and investments.
  • Advising tech start-ups on employing staff in the UK for the first time.
  • Successfully defending a whistleblowing unfair dismissal claim on behalf of an estate agency.
  • Advising numerous private equity houses on the terminations of senior executives internally and within investee companies.
  • Advising a restaurant chain following the receipt of a data subject access request from a disgruntled shareholder.
  • Advising a senior executive on his departure from an insurance broker and negotiating a settlement amidst allegations of discrimination and whistleblowing unfair dismissal.
“Bob’s advisory is unfailingly clear, concise and responsive. Whether it be with our Board members and Senior Executives, or delivering Bank wide training, he is adaptable, professional and credible. A trusted advisor to our Bank”
HR director, PLC Bank
“I have worked with Rima many times over the years. I have always found her to be commercial, practical and responsive. She is a delight to work with”
Professional Services Company

What others say

Employer clients
"We found working with Rima to be an absolute pleasure; she is personable, knowledgeable and efficient. In terms of translating employment law into practical actions, Rima is technically astute and commercially minded, yet is able to demonstrate compassion for employees when dealing with challenging situations"
Media Business
“I tracked Bob down to deal with a difficult case having received advice from him at a previous employer. We now use Bob for UK employment advice and we have been very happy with his advice, great tactical understanding, anticipation of how matters are likely to progress and his values and attitudes. Bob’s clear anticipation and astute assessment of process and the emotions involved in a difficult employment dispute has saved us money”
HR director, International Payment Company
“We have worked with Bob Mecrate-Butcher for the last 5 years. He is extremely responsive and understands in-house concerns, which means that he consistently provides thoughtful, practical and pragmatic advice, often at very short notice. He is the first person I reach out to, when a complex employment law situation presents itself"
Head of Legal Telecom PLC
Senior executive clients
“Bob was more than an excellent lawyer during what was a very difficult period for me. In addition to quality legal advice, he provided support and friendly guidance. These are just as important when one is going through a serious conflict with an employer in the midst of a global pandemic”
Banking Executive
“At a crucial and potentially emotional time for me, Bob provided excellent legal advice along with some solid and helpful guidance, all of which resulted in an extremely positive outcome for me. I was particularly grateful for his calm and confident approach to dealing with my situation“.
Insurance Executive
"Bob was a calm voice of reason during a time period in my life that had the potential to become emotionally charged. Under Bob's stewardship, I felt reassured that he'd got me; was laying out a strategic path for us to follow and would deliver an outcome that I wanted and needed. And he did"
TV Executive