UK & Ireland
With offices in London, Oxford, Cardiff, Manchester, Leeds, Dublin and Belfast, we are recognised by clients and industry alike as being distinct for our unique culture, market-leading practice areas, sector focused approach and for providing solutions to complex, multijurisdictional business challenges, with a pragmatic and human touch.
We push ourselves to take on challenges, to try new things, to drive innovation and to be aspirational in everything we do. Whether it is providing global employment law advice, managing a global IP portfolio or piecing together a multijurisdictional corporate transaction the firm has the right people, in the right place, at the right time through a combination of our own offices, strategic alliances and expert desks.
We don’t try to do everything. But what we do, we do well. We work with leading businesses helping them protect and enhance their most important assets – their people, their ideas, their brand and their future.
We offer highly ranked, market leading practice areas and a deep cross-firm market expertise in our chosen sectors. This means we can help our clients by combining first class commercial thinking with innovative but pragmatic solutions and advice both in the UK and internationally, through combination of our international offices and overseas alliances.
The firm’s major practice areas include brands and intellectual property; commercial; corporate; data and privacy; dispute resolution; employment; immigration; investigations and regulatory; partnership; real estate; tax, reward and incentives; and trade mark and portfolio management. We provide our services through our key sectors including advertising and marketing; financial services; media and entertainment; professional services; retail, hospitality and leisure; fashion and luxury; sports business; and technology.
Gender pay gap reporting in Ireland: why smaller employers should do a dry run NOW25 May 2023
Smaller employers in Ireland will start to have gender pay gap reporting obligations in 2024. This means that there is only a small window of opportunity to tackle pay gaps and take action on gender diversity, without the fear of having to publicly report potentially uncomfortable statistics.
WRC issues highly anticipated decision in Debenhams test case25 May 2023
It has been reported that the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has awarded a former Debenhams’ employee eight weeks’ pay in the main test case for a large group of staff. It is understood that between 750-800 former employees referred complaints to the WRC following the collective redundancy in 2020.
Ireland: Remote working overseas28 July 2022
During the Covid-19 pandemic many employees asked if they could work from “home” from an overseas country. Similarly, employees from overseas countries asked if they could work remotely in Ireland. Two years on, these flexible working arrangements remain attractive to employees and employers may consider allowing employees to work remotely overseas. There are important legal and practical issues associated with these requests, which are explained in this note.
Ireland: Implementation update on the Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions Directive28 July 2022
The EU Directive on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions aims to improve employees’ working conditions by promoting more transparent and predictable employment. While Ireland hasn’t yet published draft legislation implementing the Directive, we look ahead to the changes that are likely to be introduced.
Gender pay gap reporting in Ireland – new guidance published12 May 2022
The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth has finally published some details on how employers will have to calculate their gender pay gap statistics.
Ireland: Key points from the recently announced Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill26 April 2022
The Irish government has approved the drafting of a Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill.
Paid parental bereavement leave introduced in Northern Ireland04 April 2022
The Northern Ireland Assembly has finalised the legislation implementing an entitlement to two weeks' paid bereavement leave for working parents who lose a child under the age of 18. The new right will come into force with effect from 6 April 2022.
Irish government announces details of an automatic enrolment pension system for the private sector in Ireland31 March 2022
The Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys, has announced details of the ‘design principles’ for the Automatic Enrolment Retirement Savings System for Ireland. The design principles will form the basis of the draft legislation and the necessary operations to be put in place by government and employers.