Our highly skilled employment lawyers are renowned for their specialist knowledge and expertise.

We advise on a range of complex and sensitive employment law issues, from high-profile discrimination and whistleblowing claims to the TUPE implications of complex outsourcing, corporate transactions and restructures. We have considerable experience dealing with employment disputes in both the Employment Tribunal and the High Court, and an unrivalled knowledge of the issues facing LLPs and other corporate structures.

Employment issues go to the heart of an organisation. They are often highly sensitive and personalised. It is not enough for your lawyers to know the law, they must also be able to find solutions to difficult situations.

We will act as an extension of your in-house legal and HR capability, ensuring the results we deliver are in tune with your commercial objectives and culture. Where appropriate, we’ll seek expert advice and opinions from our specialists in pensions, tax, regulatory, corporate and other matters.

The sheer quantity of employment law in the UK has led to an increase in disputes and litigation. When employment issues become disputes, clients need lawyers who will fight their corner intelligently and cost-effectively. Macfarlanes does just that.


We advise clients on:

  • day-to-day HR issues;
  • discrimination at work;
  • employee terminations;
  • employment litigation and disputes;
  • LLPs, investment funds and private equity;
  • redundancy, collective consultation and industrial relations;
  • restrictive covenants and team moves; and
  • TUPE and corporate restructuring.


  • "The employment team is described as an 'excellent practice'."

    The UK Legal 500 2015

  • "'They make clients feel like they are in safe hands. They are clever and experienced advisers'."

    Chambers UK 2015

  • "Seán Lavin leads the 'excellent' team at Macfarlanes LLP, which represents employer and senior executive clients."

    The UK Legal 500 2014

  • "Clients say: 'they have a really high-level and skilled team. They adopt a problem-solving approach to serious problems'."

    Chambers UK 2014

  • "Macfarlanes LLP’s [has a] ‘classy outfit’."

    The Legal 500 UK 2016


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