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Laura McVicker

Laura McVickerLegal Director

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I advise clients on a wide range of employment law issues. I joined the core Lewis Silkin team in 2020 and previously spent over 10 years as in-house employment counsel, working for most of that time at a large multi-national bank, and also as the UK employment lawyer at a global management consultancy firm. My focus is on working in partnership with clients to provide commercial and strategic solutions to often complex employment law issues. I seek to provide clear and practical advice.

I have significant experience in the financial services sector.  I have supported both EMEA and APAC regions and have worked on various international and cross-border issues, including large-scale restructurings and contractual changes.  I have had a focus on dealing with employment issues arising from investigations (including cross-border and regulatory) – advising on disciplinary processes, compensation impact and regulatory issues.  My practice also has a focus on senior hires and exits and policy related matters.

Some recent examples of my work include:

  • Advising on disciplinary outcomes and compensation impacts for a range of employees (including senior executives) arising from global regulatory investigations, including consideration of malus, Conduct Rules breaches and regulatory references
  • Senior exits and hires, including restrictive covenant and variable compensation negotiations and regulatory issues
  • Partnering with HR and Tax to shape and carry out a client’s strategy in respect of the propsed changes to IR35 legislation
  • Providing employment law advice in respect of a significant Brexit-related re-organisation, including considering the impact of cross-border moves, TUPE, relocations and contract changes
  • Working as part of a global employment legal team to bring consistency to a client’s employment contracts across the jurisdictions in which it operates
  • Working with international employment lawyers and a tax team to produce template settlement agreements for senior management in several different jurisdictions
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