“Outstanding” and “a genuine class act”, our employment law team “provide superb service”, “understand the realities facing clients, and give practical advice.”

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"Their ability to put themselves in their clients' shoes sets them apart."

Chambers UK

We act for a broad range of employers including entrepreneurial start-ups, well established public companies and professional services firms.

We also focus our practice on representing senior executives and board directors, LLP members and partners, entrepreneurs, and high profile public figures.

We help employers to protect their business interests – including their client base, confidential information and professional reputation – achieve their commercial objectives and manage their workforce effectively.

We assist our senior executive clients to understand their legal rights and duties, and to maximise their financial entitlements. We put them in the strongest possible position to enforce those rights successfully, whether through negotiation, mediation or litigation.

We support our clients every step of the way. This will allow you to concentrate on running your business, or drawing a line under any employment or partnership dispute and moving forward with your professional reputation and career on track, safe in the knowledge that we will remove as much of the pressure from you as possible. We know what it takes to achieve the best possible result for you or your business, taking into account your goals and priorities. 

Our lawyers specialise in complex employment and partnership matters with high stakes. We explain the legal implications of employment and partnership issues clearly and concisely. Drawing on many years of experience, and our commercial and strategic expertise, we help our clients to resolve sensitive disputes creatively, and deliver results in line with their commercial or personal objectives. 

Our clients' best interests drive everything that we do.  We build long-lasting client relationships and always put our clients first.  

Whilst we are employment specialists, we regularly build cross departmental teams to deliver a seamless client service, for example in matters that require the involvement of Kingsley Napley’s immigration, corporate/commercial, criminal and regulatory teams.  

"They are an outstanding firm and provide superb service; they are a genuine class act."

Chambers UK 2016



Our advice and service are bespoke. Our goal is to exceed your expectations. We will actively engage with you or your business about the employment issues that are important to you. We will provide you with guidance, leadership and reassurance. We will become trusted advisors on whom you can rely for sound, practical commercial advice. We will listen to what’s important to you and ensure we understand your priorities and business.

Our rigorous approach enables us to get to the heart of complex issues quickly, without becoming side tracked by irrelevant issues.  We develop working relationship built on trust and provide our clients with support every step of the way, sometimes during difficult times. We fight our clients’ corner robustly, yet retain a professional emotional detachment from the situation, which enables us to remain focused on achieving the most positive outcome for you or your business.


Employment law updates

We produce monthly Employment Heads Up e-bulletins and regularly host seminars to keep you posted on the latest employment law developments and cases. Click on the following link to subscribe to receive these. 



"They are very pragmatic and understand the commercial issues that we face. They understand our attitude to risk and act appropriately."

Chambers UK 2017, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession

"There is a near seamless transition which demonstrates a high level of communication between themselves and how well organised they are behind the scenes. They always ensure that we feel supported, that we have understood a situation and that we know how to proceed."

Chambers UK 2017, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession

"They understand the realities facing their clients, and the advice they give is practical."

Chambers UK 2016, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"On the employer side, the firm focuses on the professional and financial services sectors. The ‘extremely well-regarded’ Richard Fox leads the practice."

Legal 500 UK 2016


Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures, Absence and Performance Management

Advising in relation to disciplinary and grievance procedures is one of our core areas of employment law expertise.

Discrimination Claims

We have a wealth of experience of discrimination law in relation to complex and high value discrimination, harassment and diversity matters.

Employment Contracts, Policies and Procedures

We help employers to ensure they have the right contractual provisions, policies and procedures in place to protect their business interests.

Employment Disputes and Litigation

Litigation and disputes are fundamental to what we do. We have years of experience acting in the most complex and challenging employment disputes.

Flexible Working and Family Friendly Rights at Work

We advise on family friendly rights at work, including maternity leave, adoption leave and employment rights in surrogacy cases.

Global Mobility and Employment Law

International relocation is a key challenge for both multinationals and domestic employers following Brexit. We are unique in providing top quality joined up employment law and immigration law advice.

Partnerships and LLPs

We act for professional partnerships and LLPs, as well as individual partners and members in a wide range of industry sectors.

Restrictive Covenants and Team Moves

We are widely known for giving practical advice to clients dealing with matters in the workplace, Employment Tribunal or High Court.

Senior Managers and Certification Regime

The Senior Managers and Certification regime is now in force. All involved need a thorough understanding of it, which is where we can help.

Terminations and Settlement Agreements

We have vast experience advising on terminations and settlement agreements and have a proven track record of achieving optimal outcomes.

Transactions, Redundancies, Restructurings and Outsourcing

We regularly deal with the employment aspects of transactions including share sales, business transfers and outsourcings.

Workplace Investigations & Whistleblowing

Acting for employers seeking to defend themselves against whistleblowing allegations or individuals who have blown the whistle.

Data Protection

We help negotiate this complicated area of law, ensuring personal data is protected and helping to manage the consequences when it is not.

Association of Professional Working Parents

The APWP is a unique networking and support group for like-minded professional working mothers and fathers.

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World Mental Health Day: dealing with mental health issues in the workplace

Employment tribunal fees - what took them so long?

Hardened practitioners miss a trick by not attending ET users meetings

Data Protection – can employers still monitor employees’ communications in light of Barbulescu v Romania?

Restrictions, garden leave and objecting to a TUPE transfer on a share sale and inducing a breach

Successful appeal in non-compete restrictive covenant case emphasises the importance of well drafted post termination restrictions

FCA proposes extension of senior managers regime

Implications of GDPR and new Data Protection Bill for employers

Where now for tribunal fees?

What the employment tribunal fees ruling means for business

What the Taylor review says about tax and employment

Whistleblowing and the public interest - clarity at last or further down the rabbit hole?

The Taylor Report and the five key changes it proposes

Dublin, Paris, Frankfurt – Five things to think about before agreeing to work abroad

Workers’ rights and the gig economy

Running the Marathon – lessons for professional and financial services partnerships

Data Protection – 10 further top tips for responding to subject access requests

The Queen’s Speech 2017 – Setting the parliamentary agenda

FCA and PRA regulatory references - what do the new rules mean in practice?

Win, lose and draw – three Manifestos, three approaches to Brexit for the General Election

Indirect discrimination clarified - could your policies and practices be discriminatory?

Race discrimination in the Police – incompetent grievance investigations do not automatically shift the burden of proof

Diversity on the bench: time to wake up?

Religion, Veils and Equality Law

Data Protection – even MORE practical guidance from recent case law on subject access requests

A case on service of a Notice to terminate a Contract of Employment … and yes, it's interesting!

Brexit and European mobility from the Italian angle

If you only remember one thing about global mobility - get the employer right!

St Patrick was a Welsh expat - and London Irish are still special!

The Senior Managers and Certification Regime: the latest

The Great Repeal Bill and Brexit promises: another reason Mrs May’s promise on workers’ rights will fail

Data Protection – practical guidance from recent case law on subject access requests

Mrs May's promise on workers' rights will not survive Brexit

Courier case: are we anywhere near the end of the road or just on our way?

Brexit White Paper – will workers’ rights be protected?

Entrepreneurs and small businesses need to prepare now for the new data protection regime

What employment law developments does 2017 have in store for HR professionals?

Employees with temporary incapacity may be disabled

“Fair” dismissal after failing to prove the right to work in the UK

Failure to actively promote employees taking breaks is a breach of Working Time Regulations

Employer could not rely upon manifestly inappropriate final warning when dismissing employee

Equal Pay Day – What does gender equality mean at Kingsley Napley?

Next phase of the new accountability regime for UK financial services

I am concerned a colleague of mine is disclosing confidential, market-sensitive information to a family member. How should I raise this?

British Gas v Lock – Court of Appeal: The latest appeal decision on holidays will mean more work for employers, but some hope?

Injury to feelings award in sex discrimination case: manifestly excessive? The EAT doesn’t think so

Redundancy – What to do when you get that call…

Pregnancy and maternity protection – why aren’t we there yet?

Mind the draft – can a warranty also be a representation?

Two disability discrimination issues in one case: Reasonable adjustments not effective without employee consent and maintaining a higher level of pay may be seen as a reasonable adjustment

Has there ever been a better time to be a whistleblower?

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