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Shalina Crossley

Shalina CrossleyPartner

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I have been a Partner in the Employment, Immigration and Reward division since 2016 having joined the firm as a trainee in 2002. I am also the firm’s Training Principal. I have a particular focus on advising corporate clients on all of their workforce issues, partnership law and investigations.

I am recognised in Legal 500 for my work. I work with corporate clients across a variety of sectors, with a particular focus on the professional services sector. I am also an experienced investigator.


Whilst my practice covers many aspects of employment and partnership law, I specialise in:

  • high value and commercially sensitive employment litigation on issues such as discrimination and whistleblowing
  • advising on sensitive senior terminations
  • strategic advice on projects including those involving redundancy, restructuring and culture change
  • navigating complex disciplinary and grievance issues

Many of my clients are in the professional services and creative sectors. A significant proportion of my work is advising law firms on their own internal HR issues and representing them in employment tribunal and arbitration proceedings. I have undertaken a secondment to an international law firm during which I advised on employee relations issues and internal equal opportunities policies.

Examples of my work include:

  • advising a premier league football club on worker status issues
  • advising a global advertising agency through a sale process involving international TUPE issues
  • defending race discrimination proceedings against an international energy company
  • advising a private equity house on a team move

Partnerships & LLPs

As part of my work with professional services firms I advise on partnership law issues. These include issues relating to retirement, expulsion, discrimination and partnership/employment status. I also act for such firms in relation to their internal employment issues. As part of my work in the law firms sector, I setup the Up and Coming Legal HR Network which facilitates networking opportunities for HR professionals in this sector.

Examples of my work include:

  • acting for a US law firm in an employment tribunal claim involving allegations of whistleblowing and discrimination
  • arbitrating age discrimination proceedings brought by a former partner against an international law firm
  • advising international law firms on partner misconduct matters including regulatory issues
  • advising a law firm in relation to a sexual harassment grievance made against an equity partner


I am instructed to undertake highly sensitive and complex investigations.

Examples of my work include:

  • investigating allegations of an alleged culture and specific instances of racism for the Barbican (in the public domain)
  • investigating allegations of sexual harassment made by a junior lawyer against an equity partner
  • investigating allegations of alleged corporate misgovernance made against a board of directors
  • investigating allegations of theft of confidential information for an automotive company

List Block

  • Chambers 2024 (Employment: Employer – London (Firms)) - "Shalina takes the time to understand our business operation and priorities to provide the appropriate advice." "She always makes herself available to support fast-moving matters and provides challenge to ensure we achieve the best outcome for all parties. I enjoy working with Shalina and have trust and confidence in her."
  • Leading Individual in Legal 500 2024 (Employment)
  • Chambers 2023 (Employment: Employer – London (Firms) "Shalina is responsive and diligent in her advice. She inspires confidence." "Shalina Crossley never fails to impress me in her employment law knowledge and support."
  • Next Generation Partner in Legal 500 2022 (Employment)
  • Legal 500 2022 - ‘Brilliant tactician’
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