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Employment, Pensions & Immigration

We handle the full spectrum of employment issues on behalf of clients across the world, whether on a local basis or with regard to their international operations.

Confidently at the forefront of workplace legal practice

Confidently at the forefront of workplace legal practice

Clyde & Co has a presence across six continents and serves clients across the full range of industries, professions and sectors. This has given us unrivalled knowledge of employment law in all the world’s major economies.

Armed with this knowledge and experience, we tailor the advice we give to suit the needs of each client, whether in a single jurisdiction or to support their cross-border operations.

We understand that managing human resource obligations is a priority for clients. They need to attract, retain and reward a capable workforce while ensuring compliance with relevant regulations and legislation, which can range from immigration law to the supervision of pension scheme liabilities.

We also have an enviable track record of helping employers who are involved in legal disputes, from unfair dismissal and discrimination claims to reputational whistleblowing. We also specialise in team moves, business protection and restrictive covenants.

We strive to achieve amicable solutions wherever possible, and it is a point of pride that many of the cases in which we are involved do not reach the tribunal stage. For those that do, however, we are happy to deploy our proven litigation capability.

We offer clients a global service with leading employment, immigration and pensions practices in the UK, the Middle East, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. Through our relationships with leading employment law practices as affiliated members (UK and Singapore) of L&E Global we have a truly global offering. Click here to find out more about L&E Global.

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Our Employment, Pensions & Immigration Work

  • All
  • Africa
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • UK & Europe
  • Representation in KSA labour courts

    Representing clients (multinationals and large conglomerates) in KSA labour courts to defend employee claims including for invalid termination and compensation

    Saudi Arabia

    Advice on investigatory procedures and protocols

    Advising government owned entities on investigatory procedures and protocols to be adopted when managing senior employees and potential breach of fiduciary duties

    Saudi Arabia

    Advice on workplace policies, employment contracts and employment framework

    Advising multinational clients and large KSA conglomerates on their workforce policies, employment contracts and employment framework in terms of delegated authorities and compliance

    Saudi Arabia

    Advice on Saudisation regulations

    Advising multinational clients operating in the IT and communications sector, on Saudisation regulations (including carrying out Saudisation audits and the regulation regarding call centres) 

    Saudi Arabia

    Whistleblowing claim involving an African oil and gas company

    Advising a leading Algerian headquartered oil and gas company on a whistleblowing and unfair dismissal Tribunal claim

    Algeria

    Advising Wild Eye Destinations

    Advised on a litigious director removal

    Kenya

    Advising Vuma Biofuels

    Advised and negotiated an employee settlement resulting from an unfair dismissal claim

    Kenya

    Advising Estee Lauder PTY

    Advised on a litigious unfair dismissal claim

    Kenya

    Advising Safi Analytics on Employment dispute

    Advised on a litigious Employment dispute

    Kenya

    Advising Upfield

    Advised on Collective Bargaining agreements in relation to Kenya operations

    Kenya
  • Whistleblowing claim involving an African oil and gas company

    Advising a leading Algerian headquartered oil and gas company on a whistleblowing and unfair dismissal Tribunal claim

    Algeria

    Advising Wild Eye Destinations

    Advised on a litigious director removal

    Kenya

    Advising Vuma Biofuels

    Advised and negotiated an employee settlement resulting from an unfair dismissal claim

    Kenya

    Advising Estee Lauder PTY

    Advised on a litigious unfair dismissal claim

    Kenya

    Advising Safi Analytics on Employment dispute

    Advised on a litigious Employment dispute

    Kenya

    Advising Upfield

    Advised on Collective Bargaining agreements in relation to Kenya operations

    Kenya

    Drafting and amending for Fourth Generation Capital Limited

    Drafting and amending exiting employment contracts. Advised on litigious Employment disputes

    Kenya

    Advising Komaza on HR Policies

    Advised on HR Policies, employment contracts and processes and procedure for termination of employment contracts

    Kenya

    Advising AIG (Kenya)

    Advised on processes and procedures for termination of employment contracts

    Kenya

    Advising ITF Africa Regional Office

    Advised on settlement of Employment dispute

    Kenya
  • Employment advice for the acquisition of an insurance company

    Advising an Australian insurance company on the acquisition of a European Insurer involving the coordination of advice in France, Germany and Spain

    Australia

    Employment liability class action

    Advising on coverage in a first of its kind employment practices liability (EPL) class action alleging mis-categorisation of employment status and sham contracting.

    Australia

    Structuring of secondments for expatriates

    Advising a variety of multinational companies, including a major aircraft manufacturer, on the structuring of secondments for expatriates to work in China and the related compliance and immigration requirements

    China

    Visa applications for senior executives in start-up companies

    Providing immigration advice in Hong Kong, including the structuring of visa applications for senior executives in start-up companies across a number of sector

    China

    Team move to a competing employer

    Advising clients on the strategy of affecting a team move to a competing bank, the enforceability of restrictive covenants and defending court proceedings brought against them by their former employer seeking an injunction to prevent them from working for their new employer

    China

    Employment advice to an international airline

    Advising a major international airline on employment contracts, handbooks and policies, as well as incentives and benefits, and a successful defence of employee claims for unlawful dismissal in relation to breach of company policies.

    China

    Reorganisation of GlaxoSmithKline’s R&D Centre

    Advising on the structuring and establishment of GlaxoSmithKline’s R&D Centre in Shanghai, as well as on all employment issues and documentation, compliance and corporate governance issues, and employee inventor remuneration issues and implementation of a formal scheme

    China

    Managing multiple immigration processes

    The management of multiple immigration processes in India for a telecommunications and financial services conglomerate. Advising on entry strategy, procedural requirement, post arrival formalities and compliance requirements

    India

    Employment and immigration advice

    Advising a leading international school owner and operator with a portfolio across eight countries and three continents, in its employment and immigration matters for its new international school in Malaysia.

    Malaysia

    Recruitment company business protection

    Acting for a recruitment company in successfully restraining and claiming damages from an ex-employee/ star recruiter from wrongful solicitation of clients and business

    Singapore
  • Representation in KSA labour courts

    Representing clients (multinationals and large conglomerates) in KSA labour courts to defend employee claims including for invalid termination and compensation

    Saudi Arabia

    Advice on investigatory procedures and protocols

    Advising government owned entities on investigatory procedures and protocols to be adopted when managing senior employees and potential breach of fiduciary duties

    Saudi Arabia

    Advice on workplace policies, employment contracts and employment framework

    Advising multinational clients and large KSA conglomerates on their workforce policies, employment contracts and employment framework in terms of delegated authorities and compliance

    Saudi Arabia

    Advice on Saudisation regulations

    Advising multinational clients operating in the IT and communications sector, on Saudisation regulations (including carrying out Saudisation audits and the regulation regarding call centres) 

    Saudi Arabia

    Advice on employee termination for the misuse of social media

    Advising a Qatar based international Embassy in relation to employee termination for misuse of social media, including advising in relation to the internal investigation, documents to be drafted and circulated and subsequent cancellation of visas and repatriation.

    Qatar

    Advising on secretarial, immigration, employment and other commercial matters

    Advising an international aviation consultant's on its Qatar Financial Centre and State branch's company secretarial, immigration, employment and other commercial matters, including in relation to banking services, change of signatory and change of name.

    Qatar

    Advice on visa trafficking and detention

    Advising an international Qatar based aviation specialist joint venture in relation to the actions which it needed to undertake regarding the detention of its public relations officer (PRO) and authorised immigration signatory for visa trafficking.

    Qatar

    Advice on termination due to breach of confidentiality

    Advising an international Qatar based consultancy in relation to the termination of two employees' employment and one consultancy agreement for breach of confidentiality and use of employer knowhow and Intellectual Property Rights.

    Qatar

    Multinational fashion conglomerate employment and immigration matters

    Advising a multinational fashion conglomerate on employment and immigration matters pertaining to the staffing of its new jewellery and accessories outlets in Qatar

    Qatar

    National airlines restructuring in the GCC

    Advising a national airline in the GCC area on the restructuring of its workforce and the resulting redundancies.

    Saudi Arabia
  • Laiki Bank Pension Scheme Pension Protection Fund entry

    Acting for the Trustees of the Laiki Bank Pension Scheme on its entry into a PPF assessment period utilising a little used notice procedure under the Pensions Act 2004. We are continuing to act for the Trustees and are working with Cypriot lawyers in relation to the Trustees position as a...

    Cyprus

    Abbey Life longevity transaction and GBP 3 billion pension scheme liabilities

    Advising Abbey Life on a longevity transaction to provide the BMW Pension Scheme with a hedge for life expectancy associated with nearly £3 billion of pension scheme liabilities related to around 60,000 pensions, the largest deal of its kind.

    United Kingdom

    Advising the trustee of the GBP 165 million NHBC Pension Scheme

    Providing on-going advice for the trustee of this GBP 165 million defined benefit occupational pension scheme.

    United Kingdom

    Advising trustees on pension benefit entitlements and scheme rules

    Advising our trustee clients on the interpretation of scheme rules and benefit entitlements of individual members, including the BMA Pension Scheme and the BUPA Home Healthcare Pension Scheme

    United Kingdom

    Advising Unions in redundancy and TUPE transfers

    Advising on consultation with unions in redundancy and TUPE transfer situations where industrial action is threatened

    United Kingdom

    Application for renunciation and reinstatement of UK citizenship

    Advising on a successful application to renounce UK citizenship due to (US) Government security requirements after achieving reinstatement of UK citizenship on a discretionary basis due to (UK) Government security requirements. Applications for renunciation and reinstatement can only be dealt...

    United Kingdom

    Breach of Contract in provision of health insurance

    Advising on claims by a pilot for breach of contract in relation to the provision of health insurance following the suspension of the pilot's licence on medical grounds.

    United Kingdom

    Business Information whistleblowing and tribunal

    Advising a leading global Business Information provider in relation to several high profile whistleblowing claims, including advising on the dismissal process and successfully handling the subsequent Tribunal claims.

    United Kingdom

    Challenges to The Pension Protection Fund's risk based levy

    The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) is the statutory compensation fund for members of defined benefit pension schemes. We successfully acted for the PPF in the challenges to the application of its risk based levy in the High Court.

    United Kingdom

    Contentious Employment Tribunal claim

    Acting for an airline responding to an Employment Tribunal claim for race and disability discrimination.

    United Kingdom

Our Employment, Pensions & Immigration team

David Amentas
David Amentas

Partner

Jonathan Chaimovic
Jonathan Chaimovic

Consultant

Carrie Chen
Carrie Chen

Local Partner

Thomas Choo
Thomas Choo

Partner

Nick Elwell-Sutton
Nick Elwell-Sutton

Partner

Rebecca Ford
Rebecca Ford

Partner

Emma Higham
Emma Higham

Partner

Robert Hill
Robert Hill

Partner

Chris Holme
Chris Holme

Partner

Kiri Jervis
Kiri Jervis

Partner

Gloria Jones
Gloria Jones

Partner

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