Employment Litigation and Disputes

Our contentious employment lawyers are experienced in advising on high profile, complex litigation: whether they involve allegations of discrimination, whistleblowing complaints, unfair dismissal claims or injunctions to protect critical business assets.

We understand the need to find solutions that match your commercial objectives and organisational culture.

Employment tribunals

In employment tribunals we are experienced in all types of claim from straightforward unfair dismissal claims to complex high value discrimination and whistleblowing claims.

We have acted on a number of high profile Employment Tribunal claims including substantial bonus disputes involving a discrimination or whistleblowing element.

High Court

We have particular expertise in the protection of key business assets: confidential information, clients and key people. This might involve the enforcement of garden leave or restrictive covenant provisions, defending clients against team moves, or assisting clients to acquire new business opportunities.


We are often involved in senior disputes, especially for our financial services and LLP clients. Our familiarity with the remuneration structures common in these sectors enables us to find commercial solutions in keeping with our clients’ aims and objectives.

Regulated clients

We have acted for a number of regulated clients, including advising on investigations into alleged fraud, money laundering, and/or market abuse. In such sensitive matters, it is particularly important to have regard for confidentiality and, wherever possible, preserve legal privilege.

As of 6 December 2018, new rules require us to provide a range of prices for certain services. View our relevant price transparency information.


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What people are saying


"True experts in dealing with complex and high value civil litigation as well as associated regulatory and reputational issues and risks, particularly in the financial services and related sectors."

The UK Legal 500 2023

"The strength of the employment team is in its depth of experience and expertise at every level and being well led by its partners."

The UK Legal 500 2023

"They provide commercial advice as well as legal advice on how to implement employment strategy."

Chambers UK 2023

"They offer commercial advice and pragmatic solutions, and they are very impressive in negotiations."

Chambers UK 2023

"Attention to detail, specialist knowledge of the financial and related markets, tactically astute and with an effective collegiate approach, all being core to the teams handling of litigation."

The UK Legal 500 2023

"The Macfarlanes employment team are unfailingly responsive, insightful and commercial. They have built a detailed knowledge of our business and culture and are adept at crafting solutions to fit."

The UK Legal 500 2022