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David Lorimer

David LorimerPartner

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I help multinational and UK employers on all aspects of employment and privacy law.

I regularly support businesses in the technology (including digital gaming), media & entertainment and life sciences & pharma sectors.  

Much of my work involves supporting clients to understand and negotiate difficult issues around: 

  • data protection and privacy, particularly where those issues have an effect on the employment relationship;
  • automatic transfer regulations (TUPE, ARD and beyond) and other business transformation projects;
  • protecting business interests in connection with exits of senior employees and team moves; and
  • discrimination and whistleblowing matters. 
My work often involves advising clients headquartered outside the UK, including in the US, with issues which affect their people globally or across the EMEA region. I help them work through a web of regulation, in the employment and privacy space and beyond, to deliver joined-up commercial solutions which are applicable across regions and which reflect their values and aspirations. 

My recent experience includes:
  • Supporting a leading global data insights, advertising and consultancy business in connection with a multinational outsourcing of IT services, assisting them to navigate auto-transfer issues in over 30 territories (including TUPE & ARD) and to overcome significant pensions-related matters.
  • Leading projects for large tech, digital gaming, professional services and life sciences clients on efforts to gather diversity & inclusion information on staff and applicants to inform D&I strategy.
  • Advising a multinational automation vendor on its business protection strategy, including initiating litigation against a senior leaver with access to significant volumes of highly confidential information and influence over partners and customers, and securing a favourable outcome.
  • Successfully defending an international healthcare business against sensitive and serious sexual harassment claims, and helping them to achieve a costs award against the claimant.
  • Supporting a multinational SaaS platform provider on their approach to monitoring of employee communications and behaviour, including helping to navigate the potential legal and reputational issues arising from the proposed roll-out of a tool  designed to inform hybrid working strategies.
  • Leading a sensitive whistleblowing investigation into serious allegations of information security and data protection failings, providing a comprehensive outcome report and roadmap for next steps.
I worked as part of the senior management team for a high-growth function of a previous firm, and on committees for award-winning diversity & inclusion networks, giving me helpful insights into the impact of people strategies, and the concerns that employees have when it comes to inclusion matters and initiatives. 
I am a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association (ELA) and a regular contributor to national and specialist media outlets on AI and privacy issues for HR communities. 
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