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Colin Leckey

Colin LeckeyPartner

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I am a partner specialising in employment law. I draw my clients from all industry sectors, but have a particular focus on financial services, professional services and technology. I also act on occasion for senior executives and partners.

I became a partner in Lewis Silkin’s employment team in April 2012, before that spending nearly eleven years at Baker & McKenzie. I currently co-chair our Financial Services sector group, and am also a senior member of our International Group, and our Trade Union and Collective Rights Practice. I created and lead the Ius Laboris International Workshop Series, and speak regularly at internal and external conferences. I have contributed various articles to employment law publications such as PLC on topics including pan-European employment contracts, team moves, and the practicalities of restraining strike action. I also have a keen interest in the Future of Work, and was a speaker on this topic at 2016 Chatham House conference.

Who’s Who Legal was kind enough to list me as a leading employment lawyer in 2016, while Legal 500 2015 described me as a “class act”.

Employment

My practice is diverse: while I advise regularly on the employment lawyer “bread and butter” of redundancies, disciplinaries, grievances and so on, I also specialise in:

  • high value litigation (High Court and Tribunal)
  • industrial relations and collective rights issues
  • TUPE and transactions
  • equal pay
  • cross-border and international employment advice

I also advise on key new issues for employers such as gender pay gap reporting, and the Modern Slavery Act. Career highlights range from assisting a leading investment bank to recover a substantial sum of money from a departing executive, to advising a top Silicon Valley company on a global employment contract review, to helping a number of employers to obtain injunctions restraining strike action.

Financial Services

I advise a number of banks, asset managers, hedge funds and private equity firms on employment and partnership / LLP law issues, and currently co-chair our Financial Services sector group.

I have wide experience of supporting clients in handling sensitive disputes involving senior staff, including where FCA and other regulatory issues at stake. I have expertise in the Senior Managers, Certification and Conduct Regime.

Technology

I act for a wide range of clients in the technology sector on employment law issues, from Silicon Valley giants to small start-ups. My experience ranges from cross-border restructurings and global contract and policy reviews for the giants, to actions restraining misuse of confidential information and breach of covenants for much smaller players. I also act on technology acquisitions. I have an expanding client base in the platform / gig economy, and am well versed in the legal issues at stake in this fast growing sector.

Professional Services

I advise a number of partnerships and LLPs, particularly in the financial services and professional services sectors, on employment and partnership / LLP law issues which are relevant to them. My practice includes advising law firm clients on their own internal personnel issues.

I have wide experience of supporting clients in handling sensitive disputes involving senior staff, including partners and their equivalents. I also on occasion advise senior individuals and partners on their own legal position.

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