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Abi Frederick

Abi FrederickLegal Director

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I am co-Chair of Lewis Silkin’s team of contingent workforce specialists and I also specialise in providing multi-national employers with strategic and coordinated international advice. I have 13 years’ experience advising on all aspects of UK employment law.

On the UK side, I advise on everything from contracts of employment and staff handbooks to complex grievances, disciplinaries, discrimination, redundancies and reorganisations, sickness absence, TUPE and dismissals.

My clients come from a variety of sectors including technology, finance, manufacturing and consulting. I use my Japanese language skills to advise Japanese companies in the UK, as part of Lewis Silkin’s Japan Business Group.


A large proportion of my practice is spent providing international advice and strategic input in relation to multi-jurisdictional projects and/or processes.

Recent projects include:

  • providing time-sensitive advice in relation to COVID-19 measures across 48 jurisdictions
  • co-ordinating and providing strategic advice and step by step documentation relating to a proposed collective redundancy and restructure consultation process across Europe
  • reviewing a consultancy agreement and devising an employment status risk analysis tool for use across 6 jurisdictions
  • producing a multi-national guide to the engagement of contingent workers
  • co-ordinating advice in relation to a global benefits harmonisation process across 50+ jurisdictions

I also manage an EMEA helpdesk for a large US-parented technology client, to manage their day to day employment issues across their EMEA jurisdictions.

Atypical / the contingent workforce

I am co-Chair of our department’s team of specialists on issues involving the contingent workforce and the more unusual working arrangements, such as self-employed contractors, apprentices, secondees, interns, zero hours and agency workers.

Recent work includes:

  • advising on client – employment business agreements in accordance with the Conduct Regulations 2003 and the Agency Workers Regulations 2010
  • drafting compliant apprenticeship agreements and precedents
  • advising in relation to the 2021 IR35 changes, including review of self-employed contractor, agency and umbrella documentation
  • providing ongoing UK and international advice to clients in the “gig” or “platform economy” on the best ways to engage with individual workers, and the associated risks.


A large proportion of my practice is made up of advising both household name and start-up technology companies on all aspects of employment law, and I have built up a good understanding of the day to day pressures of the industry. My work involves:

  • day to day advice on all aspects of employment law
  • advice on the employment law aspects of acquisitions, TUPE and redundancy consultation
  • co-ordinating international projects on topics ranging from confidentiality agreements, holiday carryover, sick pay, remote working, individual and collective redundancy, diversity and monitoring issues, sick leave requirements and more.

Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers 2024 (Employment: (Thames Valley)) Associates to watch- "She is very responsive and makes us feel like a valued client. We wouldn't be able to do the work we do without Abi." "She shows great attention to detail and knowledge."
  • Chambers 2023 (Employment – Thames Valley) Associates To Watch: "She is a true business partner and no ask is too big." , "She has great technical knowledge and the ability to apply that to the difficult issues we bring."
  • Legal 500 Tier 1 - Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - "recommended"
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