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Tarun Tawakley

Tarun TawakleyPartner

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I advise a broad range of clients, but with a particular insight into businesses in the technology sector, on complex, strategically important and high impact employment law issues.

As a partner in Lewis Silkin’s employment litigation team, I have a particular interest in High Court litigation and advise on disputes involving restrictive covenants (individual and team moves), misuse of confidential information and other contractual claims (such as bonus claims).

I’m a regular speaker at industry events on employment law. I’ve been recognised for my work in The Lawyer’s Hot 100, which showcases "the most daring, innovative and creative lawyers from in-house, private practice and the Bar", and acknowledged as an Employment Law Leader in the Reward Strategy, Reward 300.

I advise innovative technology businesses, from start-ups to significant multinationals and listed companies, on their employment law needs. Outside of providing pure legal advice, I’m able to leverage my prior experience as the Head of Employment Law and Commercial Litigation at Deliveroo to better understand and deliver on what matters most for my clients - having spent four years in their shoes.

I have particular expertise in issues relating to the platform and/or gig economy. I’ve successfully defended gig economy business models in multiple jurisdictions (and across various forums including before Courts, labour inspectors and other regulators); and worked with governments and regulators on legislative reform.


  • Chambers 2024 (Employment: Employer – London (Firms)) - "Tarun is truly excellent, I cannot recommend him enough. His client service is incredible and he is always available to help. His advice is excellent and always incredibly commercial." "Tarun is superb. He is amazing both professionally and personally."
  • Chambers 2023 (Employment: Employer – London (Firms) "Working with Tarun has been a pleasure. He has tonnes of commercial experience so is able to lend a technical and meaningful commercial opinion where necessary." "Tarun Tawakley is our go-to partner for complex, strategic advice."
  • Legal 500 2023 (Employment: Senior Executives) ‘Tarun Tawakley is a charismatic and engaging Partner at Lewis Silkin. He has tremendous knowledge and experience in employment issues and is well versed in how the other side thinks. He is firm in his advice and ensures that emotions are kept in check in order to deliver the best outcome for his client. He delivers his advice in a very clear and logical manner, he ensures that the client has understood the subtleties and nuances of the negotiations before explaining what particular path is the preferred one.’
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