Employment is a central focus of our business, with over 150 lawyers in our team. Our practice is the most highly nominated European firm in research conducted by Who’s Who Legal. We have also received global recognition from Who's Who Legal who this year have named us "Law Firm of the Year for Labour, Employment & Pensions".
Consistently top-ranked amongst our peers for over a decade, we advise UK and multinational clients of all sizes, and many of our partners are independently rated as leaders in the field. Not only do we have one of the UK’s largest employment law practices, 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 and Belfast offices.
Underpinning the success of any business is its people. Meeting the competitive challenges of today’s rapidly changing world can require a radical re-think of the employer/employee relationship, and co-ordinating globally mobile talent can present significant challenges. Nurturing diversity, incentivising key staff and protecting against team defections are all essential to business success.
With so many issues to contend with, our award-winning specialist employment team covers the full range of work – from day-to-day HR support through to advising on the most complex or contentious of disputes. 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 21 of our partners as “leaders in their field”. Legal 500 named us “HR Law Firm of the Year” in their 2020 awards.
- Who’s Who Legal named us “Global Law Firm of the Year for Labour, Employment & Pensions” for two years running. 15 of our lawyers are currently ranked in Who’s Who - substantially more than any other firm in the UK.
- “Lewis Silkin operate at the highest level of employment law expertise and undertake many cutting-edge cases. There are few solicitors’ firms which attain such high analytical standards and show such in-depth legal knowledge.” (Legal 500 2021)
- “An employment practice in terms of strength and depth of quality of team they are just unrivalled; for any issue they have an expert who’s dealt with it already, and the finished product is always very good.” (Chambers 2021)
- “The team is exceptionally efficient, always keen to meet deadlines and really tailors the advice they offer to the individual needs of the client.” (Legal 500 2021 - Wales)
- “Great commercial advice in employment matters. Very customer focused and delivery orientated.” (Legal 500 2021 - Thames Valley)
- “Their level of expertise is excellent, they have great judgement, market-wide knowledge, and the quality of lawyers is absolutely first-rate.” (Chambers 2020)
- “The firm has a deep knowledge of all matters related to employment law and is dedicated to client service.” (Chambers 2020)
- “They have a great culture and a great match of skills and personalities. Their work is always of the highest calibre.”(Chambers 2020 - Wales)
- “The team is highly responsive, knowledgeable but importantly practical when assessing technical risk vs practical reality” (Legal 500 2019)
- “The team at Lewis Silkin are exceptional lawyers, who go above and beyond for a client and always make themselves available. They completely understand the nature of the client’s work and give appropriate tailored advice, taking on board the preferred outcomes and commercial solution to employment issues.” (Legal 500 2019 - Thames Valley)
- “They are a very strong team and they are extremely cost-effective.” (Chambers 2019)
Employment Law Academy - 20, 21, 27 and 28 September 202120 September 2021
Our Employment Law Academy enables you to develop your skills and focus on key day-to-day areas of HR and in depth. Our online academy has been adapted to run over four half-days to provide you with the same great content and with an emphasis on the practical application of the topics outlined below.
IHELC meeting: Investigations for in-house employment lawyers16 September 2021
Investigations into alleged harassment, bullying, corporate malpractice or even poisonous working cultures are becoming more common and complex.
15 Lewis Silkin employment lawyers listed in Who's Who Legal 202105 August 2021
Lewis Silkin is pleased to announce that 17 lawyers across our employment and immigration team are listed in this year’s edition of Who’s Who Legal 2021.
National disability strategy launched05 August 2021
The government has published its promised national disability strategy setting out various steps it will take to remove barriers faced by disabled people in their lives. This article looks at the main work-related measures.
Law firms Lewis Silkin and Jones Cassidy Brett join forces in Northern Ireland04 August 2021
BELFAST-based employment law firm Jones Cassidy Brett is joining forces with London-based commercial law specialist Lewis Silkin to establish a new employment law offering in Northern Ireland.
Lewis Silkin and Jones Cassidy Brett join forces in Northern Ireland02 August 2021
Lewis Silkin LLP and specialist Belfast-based employment law firm Jones Cassidy Brett (JCB) have joined forces to establish a new employment law offering in Northern Ireland, providing clients with seamless access to best-in-class employment law advice and wider complementary workplace, people and HR services across the UK and Ireland.
New duties to prevent sexual harassment – but not yet29 July 2021
The government has committed to introducing a new proactive duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment, alongside considering new laws which would make employers liable if third parties harass their employees and possibly extending the time limit in which to bring discrimination claims. It is likely to be some time, however, before any changes are put into effect.
Employer loses discrimination claim after trying to reduce gender pay gap28 July 2021
An Employment Tribunal decision involving an ad agency has highlighted the dangers for employers of taking an overly aggressive approach to reducing gender pay gaps. It also provides a reminder that all discrimination is unlawful, even where the victims are from a historically privileged group.