We are employment law specialists, advising on all areas of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious. Our team is particularly experienced in handling complex and reputationally sensitive issues for our clients. We routinely advise on very large corporate transactions, business-critical litigation and complex advisory matters.

We advise clients across a range of sectors with particularly strong financial service and partnerships practices. In financial services our client base covers the full spectrum, from major institutions to niche private equity houses and asset managers.  Our experience and familiarity with the complexities of the remuneration arrangements typical in these sectors allows us to add particular value to clients.

Our expertise in acting for partnerships also makes us stand out in the market. Employment law is becoming increasingly relevant to the operation of partnerships and LLPs and because of our experience in acting for both LLPs and LPs, we can add real value to our clients structured in this way.  We are well placed to advise on partner / member disputes as well as offers, leaver status, complex carried interest provisions and exit arrangements / liabilities.

We also routinely advise clients on:

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


What people are saying


"'Highly practical' team head Hayley Robinson and the 'outstanding' Seán Lavin are key individuals in the group, which handles the full spectrum of employment work."

The UK Legal 500 2018

"Macfarlanes LLP fields a team of 'seasoned professionals and up-and-coming young stars who provide a Rolls-Royce service'."

The UK Legal 500 2018

"They are exceptionally capable and impressive."

Chambers UK 2018

"The team is professional, credible and collaborative – and enjoyable to work with."

Chambers UK 2018

"The 'established' practice at Macfarlanes LLP provides 'very good and proactive' advice, with particular expertise in reputational risk matters for employers and exit negotiations for senior executives."

The UK Legal 500 2017

"The service is really good - they are very professional and very open. I think they are one of the best firms we have come across."

Chambers UK 2017