Employment is a central focus of our business, with over 170 lawyers in our team supporting our clients in managing their people.
Consistently top-ranked amongst our peers for over two decades, we advise UK and multinational clients of all sizes, with most of our partners independently rated as leaders in the field. Not only do we have one of the UK’s largest employment law practices (covering both Great Britain and Northern Ireland), we have truly global reach as members of Ius Laboris, the world’s leading employment law alliance, and with our Asia Pacific base in Hong Kong and our Dublin offices.
Underpinning the success of any business are its people. Following events of the past few years, businesses are making strategic decisions such as how, when and where their workforce work, how to reward them and ways to provide a diverse and sustainable workplace culture. Whilst the evolution of the ‘employment deal’ brings opportunities, it also creates risk.
I don't know why a company would use another firm for employment advice: Lewis Silkin has fantastic lawyers who offer excellent, commercial advice and charge substantially less than bigger City firms. They have an unparalleled breadth of offerings (all of which we have used).
Legal 500 2022
Our award-winning specialist employment team supports clients on the full range of work – from day-to-day HR support through to advising on the most complex or contentious of disputes - with a track record of leading precedent setting cases on issues of the day. We have the agility to be fully flexible to what our clients need, providing the right team at the right price for all types of companies whatever their stage of development. Going far beyond just legal advice, we also support clients with a range of innovative, value-adding services including consultancy, training and flexible legal resourcing.
- Chambers and Legal 500 have rated us as a Tier 1 practice for over a decade and this year name 31 of our partners as “leaders in their field”.
- Who’s Who Legal have twice named us “Global Law Firm of the Year for Labour, Employment & Pensions”. 19 of our lawyers are currently ranked in Who’s Who - substantially more than any other firm in the UK.
- “Approachable, friendly, thorough and responsive. They not only provide excellent legal advice tailored to our organisation, but they also provide great thought leadership and industry insights.” (Chambers & Partners 2023)
- “They have covered almost all aspects of employment law. They not only focus on the strategic issues for their clients, they have also derived innovative ways in which to structure their teams to accommodate their clients’ needs and provide a cost-effective solution. They also have a very strong bench and the associates are switched on and a pleasure to deal with.” (Legal 500 2023)
- “Lewis Silkin have grown from strength to strength in recent years and there is not one area of employment law that they are unable to cover.” (Legal 500 2023)
- “The size of the team means that there is extraordinary strength in depth and an unrivalled degree of expertise across all aspects of employment law. The Lawyers are also responsive, commercial and down to earth” (Chambers 2022)
- “Lewis Silkin has provided my team with exceptional support and advice over the years. They are true partners in the way they work with not only our in-house lawyers but other key stakeholders in our business. We rely on them as trusted advisers for all of our key cases and decisions in the employment sphere.” (Legal 500 2022)
- “Extraordinary strength in depth. Excellent training and empowering of associates means that everyone in the team can be relied upon to provide exceptional work.” (Legal 500 2022)
Employment Law Academy - 4, 5, 11 & 12 December 202304 December 2023
Our next virtual Employment Law Academy is designed for junior and mid-level HR professionals, HR Directors who are new to the UK and Heads of Legal who are new to employment matters, this four half-day course enables you to increase your knowledge and focus on key areas of employment law in depth.
Updated Comparative Table of employment law developments across Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland30 November 2023
Do you need to stay up to date with employment law developments across Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland? If so, our updated Comparative Table, prepared in conjunction with Legal Island, will be a handy reference guide.
The employee voice, social media and the culture wars - where to draw the line?30 November 2023
Employers are walking the tightrope between ensuring an open and inclusive workplace, inviting employees to bring their “whole selves” to work, yet protecting against discrimination, harassment and an outbreak of culture wars. Knowing whether and when to step in can be a challenge, particularly in the age of social media and instant communications.
The Labour Party’s new deal for working people – significant employment law reform on the horizon29 November 2023
Join us on 29 November where we'll examine what the employment law landscape might look like under a Keir Starmer-led government and highlight the key issues employers need to consider now to plan ahead.
IR35: offset mechanism to be introduced for the off-payroll working rules23 November 2023
The Autumn Statement 2023 contained an announcement that a new offset mechanism will be introduced for the off-payroll working rules, which will help end users and fee payers where HMRC has disagreed with a status determination.
Deliveroo riders not entitled to collective bargaining, Supreme court rules – Colin Leckey comments for Reuter22 November 2023
The Supreme Court finds that Deliveroo riders are not in an “employment relationship” for the purposes of European human rights law. Colin Leckey commented that the decision provided certainty for platform economy companies with highly flexible operating models in which individuals have genuine freedom about whether and when to work.
No mention in the King’s speech: a non-starter for non-compete limits?22 November 2023
The government’s planned reform to non-competes was conspicuous by its absence in the King’s Speech on 7 November 2023. There is now much greater uncertainty as to whether any legislation limiting non-compete restrictions to a period of three months will make it to the statute books.