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Clyde & Co handle the full spectrum of employment issues on behalf of clients across the world. Reach out to the world’s leading employment lawyers.

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

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  • Africa
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • UK & Europe
  • Advised Uber VB on employment matters across the MEA region

    Advised Uber VB on employment legal risks and issues arising from the introduction of new products and initiatives for both the Mobility and Delivery businesses across the MEA region, and provided advice on HR employment matters across the MEA region.

    Egypt

    Advising Ikigai on contract variations

    Advising Ikigai on variation of contracts in light of the effects of Covid-19 on their operations.

    Kenya

    Mineral Exploration Company on transfer of employee rights

    Advising employees of a minerals exploration company in Tanzania on the transfer of employee rights to a new entity coal exporter in various arbitrations valued at USD 500 million.

    Tanzania

    Employee rights to accessing personal data on termination of employment

    Advising a large security services company that employs more than 300 employees in Kenya on the rights of the employee to access their personal data on termination of employment under the provisions of the Data Protection Act.

    Kenya

    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

    Advice on employment contracts and international policies

    Advising a global information technology client to mobilise its Qatar start-up team following on from the work undertaken in the previous year to draft the start-up team's employment contracts and review and amend international policies and procedures for use by the Qatar business.

    Qatar

    Advice on immigration, employment and other commercial matters

    Advising an international aviation consultant 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 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

    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

    Advising an start-up employment contracts and international policies

    Advising a global information technology client to mobilise its Qatar start-up team following on from the work undertaken in the previous year to draft the start-up team's employment contracts and review and amend international policies and procedures for use by the Qatar business.

    Qatar
  • Advising Ikigai on contract variations

    Advising Ikigai on variation of contracts in light of the effects of Covid-19 on their operations.

    Kenya

    Mineral Exploration Company on transfer of employee rights

    Advising employees of a minerals exploration company in Tanzania on the transfer of employee rights to a new entity coal exporter in various arbitrations valued at USD 500 million.

    Tanzania

    Employee rights to accessing personal data on termination of employment

    Advising a large security services company that employs more than 300 employees in Kenya on the rights of the employee to access their personal data on termination of employment under the provisions of the Data Protection Act.

    Kenya

    Employment matters for global security firm

    Advising a global security firm with over 9000 employees in Kenya on various employment matters.

    Kenya

    SistemaBio/Goodfarmland

    Ad-hoc legal advice to SistemaBio/Goodfarmland on employment related issues and fundraising activities of their Kenyan entity.

    Kenya

    Recognition agreement for a global FMCG company

    Advising a global FMCG company on a recognition agreement between the client and the Kenya Union of Commercial Food and Allied Workers.

    Kenya

    Internal investigation for a large agribusiness company

    Conducting an internal investigation for a large agribusiness company on allegations of racial discrimination and reviewing and revising their HR Policy in line with the Kenyan law on discrimination.

    Kenya

    Advising a global cosmetics brand

    Advising a global cosmetics brand in relation to employment related issues in its Kenyan operations.

    Kenya

    Advising AIG (SA)

    Advising AIG (SA) on employment related matters in relation to their Kenyan operations.

    Kenya

    Unfair termination and unprocedural redundancy claims

    Advised and acted for various companies on claims of unfair termination and unprocedural redundancy.

    Kenya
  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Multiple employment contracts advice

    Advising clients regularly on drafting, negotiation and interpretation of employment contracts, scope of business-critical restrictive covenants and implications of breaches

    Singapore
  • Advised Uber VB on employment matters across the MEA region

    Advised Uber VB on employment legal risks and issues arising from the introduction of new products and initiatives for both the Mobility and Delivery businesses across the MEA region, and provided advice on HR employment matters across the MEA region.

    Egypt

    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

    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

    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 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

    Advice on employment contracts and international policies

    Advising a global information technology client to mobilise its Qatar start-up team following on from the work undertaken in the previous year to draft the start-up team's employment contracts and review and amend international policies and procedures for use by the Qatar business.

    Qatar

    Advice on immigration, employment and other commercial matters

    Advising an international aviation consultant 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

    Advising an start-up employment contracts and international policies

    Advising a global information technology client to mobilise its Qatar start-up team following on from the work undertaken in the previous year to draft the start-up team's employment contracts and review and amend international policies and procedures for use by the Qatar business.

    Qatar

    HSE regulatory amendments post COVID 19

    Advising a Qatar based regulator in relation to HSE regulatory amendments post COVID 19 office working restrictions.

    Qatar

    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
  • Cross-border restructuring and integration in financial services

    Advising a global financial services organisation across multiple European jurisdictions on the complex cross- border restructuring and integration which followed two major acquisitions, including co-ordination with workers councils, and advice on the interaction between redundancy processes, the implementation of new terms and how to handle dealings with the recognised union.

    United Kingdom

    Employment law work for a global cosmetics company

    Handling all employment law work across the UK for a global cosmetics company operating under many brands, including providing guidance on how to treat employees who were approaching, or had reached, 65 when the legislation relating to default retirement ages ceased to have effect.

    United Kingdom

    High Court litigation claim from a team move

    Advising a Lloyd's underwriter in defending High Court litigation claiming substantial damages arising out of a team hire, alleged misuse of confidential information and advising on related disciplinary proceedings

    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

    Mergers, team moves and partnership disputes

    Advising a client on a number of complex employee/partner related matters arising out of the merger of two accountancy firms, and subsequent restructuring, which included a TUPE transfer of the business.

    The merger triggered exits from 6 teams of partners and their staff at multiple locations across the UK. We provided urgent advice to the newly merged entity in relation to the protection of its business interests.

    United Kingdom

    NHS Trust and MHPS disciplinary procedures

    Acting for an NHS Trust in a High Court claim in respect of the Maintaining High Professional Standards (MHPS) disciplinary procedures.

    United Kingdom

    Long running Unite Employment Tribunal case

    Advising on a long-running employment tribunal case brought by a trade union Unite, relating to collective consultation and protective award proceedings

    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

    Legal options of balloting and strike action

    Advising on legal options around, and the legality, of balloting and any calls for strike action (and working in relation to any industrial action being called off)

    United Kingdom

    Resolving disputes via ACAS and other processes

    Advising clients in dispute situations as to how to resolve existing disputes via ACAS and other processes

    United Kingdom

Our Employment, Pensions & Immigration team

Anas Alswailem
Anas Alswailem

Partner

David Amentas
David Amentas

Partner

Mohamed Barakat
Mohamed Barakat

Partner

Jonathan Chaimovic
Jonathan Chaimovic

Consultant

Carrie Chen
Carrie Chen

Local Partner, Westlink Partnership

Thomas Choo
Thomas Choo

Managing 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

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