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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

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.

Our Employment, Pensions & Immigration Work

  • Africa
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • UK & Europe
  • 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
  • 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

    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
  • 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

    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

    International pension product end of service gratuity

    Advising a multinational insurance company on its pension product designed to be in lieu of end of service gratuity, the mechanism and framework for the provision of this entitlement and its replacement.

    United Arab Emirates

    Advice on the proposal for a pension scheme

    Advising a Dubai-based investment management company on a proposal to establish a pension scheme for its employees.

    United Arab Emirates

    Visa procedures and types for sourcing short term projects

    Advising on visa procedures and visa types for sourcing short term projects for multinational clients within the technology, hospitality and energy sectors in the Middle East

    United Arab Emirates

    Immigration advice in relation to sale of a business

    Advising on the employment and immigration aspects on the sale of part of the business of a US based multinational telecommunications company in ten Middle Eastern jurisdictions

    United Arab Emirates

    Itau Securities: Sex discrimination claim

    Acting for Itau Securities in defence of a sex discrimination claim brought by an ex-employee

    United Arab Emirates

    Financial services employment claims in the DIFC Courts

    Defending employers in the financial services sector against employment claims brought in the DIFC Courts, including a claim for sex discrimination

    United Arab Emirates

    Advising an international accounting firm on the restructure of its workforce

    Advising an international accounting firm on the restructure of its workforce, including introducing reduced hours, sabbaticals, change from full time to part time employment and a reduction in salary and benefits (including drafting communications to employees and contractual documentation...

    United Arab Emirates
  • High Court injunctive proceedings regarding breach of confidentiality

    Advising a leading mining company on the full range of employment issues including advising on High Court injunctive proceedings in relation to breach of confidentiality and post-termination restrictions where employees have moved to competitor firms.

    United Kingdom

    London airport employment advice

    Advising a major London airport on employment advice in relation to senior employee issues

    United Kingdom

    Major airline discrimination claim

    Advising a major airline in relation to a discrimination claim filed against the airline by an employee

    United Kingdom

    Contentious Employment Tribunal claim

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

    United Kingdom

    High value civil courts case

    Acting for an airline by bringing a claim in the civil courts to recover a five figure sum training bond from a departing pilot.

    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

    Employment Tribunal involving twelve pilots

    Handling Employment Tribunal claims brought by twelve pilots of an overseas airline in which they alleged that they came within the UK employment law jurisdiction. The case ultimately reached the House of Lords.

    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

    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

    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

Our Employment, Pensions & Immigration team

Alison Beanum
Alison Beanum

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Nick Elwell-Sutton
Nick Elwell-Sutton

Partner

Darryl Smith
Darryl Smith

Partner

Charles Urquhart
Charles Urquhart

Partner

Heidi Watson
Heidi Watson

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