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Employment Disputes

Our market-leading team is steeped in litigation experience. We have an excellent track record of success and have been involved in many complex and high-value partnership and employment disputes over the past two decades.

We are equally at home in the Employment Tribunal, the High Court and in arbitration. Our lawyers have particular experience in dealing with cross-border litigation, working on a number of the most important cases in this area in recent years.

We recognise that our clients – whether claimants or defendants - want more than legal expertise alone: they also demand dedicated trusted advisors who will work tirelessly to provide a strategic focus and deliver the best commercial outcomes.

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Litigation Costs

20 June 2019

We have updated our Guide to Litigation Costs, which provides a general introduction to the recovery of litigation costs from your opponent. It discusses general principles as well as issues that may arise during the course of litigation, providing practical guidance as to how to secure the best recovery.

The Trade Secrets (Enforcement, etc) Regulations 2018, one year on

07 June 2019

The UK implemented legislation on 9 June 2018 bringing into force the EU Trade Secrets Directive. This article looks at the impact this legislation has had in the employment context where a claim for misuse of confidential information may now also include a statutory claim for misuse of trade secrets.

Toni Lorenzo, Michael Anderson and David Samuels write for People Management: Mitigating the impact of an unlawful team move

30 May 2019

Can you prevent former employees from competing even in the absence of enforceable restrictive covenants? Toni Lorenzo, Michael Anderson and David Samuels report for People Management in light of a recent Court of Appeal ruling.

The ‘Dominant Purpose Test’ Applies to Legal Advice Privilege For Now – But Will it Stay That Way?

28 May 2019

The aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority (“CAA”), has reportedly asked the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal a High Court ruling that the dominant purpose test applies to legal advice privilege. The High Court itself refused permission to appeal, confirming its earlier ruling that if a multi-addressee email is sent internally to non-lawyers for the dominant purpose of seeking commercial views, and an in-house lawyer is copied in – for information or even for legal advice – the email as sent to the non-lawyer is not protected by legal advice privilege unless it (or any response) discloses the nature of the legal advice.

Employee ordered to pay over £500,000 in legal costs in a dispute involving breach of restrictive covenants and data privacy

24 May 2019

Following a trial in the High Court where an employer was successfully awarded final injunctions to prohibit a former employee from breaching post-termination restrictions (“PTRs”), the losing employee was ordered to pay 90% of his former employer’s legal bill.

Court of Appeal allows inspection of documents despite the risk of foreign prosecution

07 May 2019

The Iranian bank, Bank Mellat, has lost its Court of Appeal bid to withhold customer documents from inspection in the English Courts despite the risk that this may expose the bank to prosecution in Iran.

Contract law update: Recent developments and practical tips

02 May 2019

We would like to invite you to our next seminar where we will be discussing recent developments in contract law.

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