Employment law advice for senior executives

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The more senior you are, the more complicated your employment relationship is likely to be. Negotiating disputes, contracts or settlement agreements demands sensitivity and expert understanding. Penningtons Manches Cooper’s senior executive employment lawyers are a highly experienced, approachable team with the depth of knowledge to help senior executives to achieve the best results for their personal employment needs.

Being a senior executive generally comes with benefits such as increased pay and rewards. But these positions also have complex contracts and responsibilities, even if they originated from a simple conversation and, sometimes, things go wrong. Whether you are anticipating or currently navigating an employment dispute or contract negotiation, you must have the right advice.

While no two employment contracts or disputes are the same, our lawyers have gained unrivalled expertise derived from working within many parameters. We have advised CEOs, managing directors and board members from FTSE 100 and 250 companies including blue-chip corporations, banking and financial services, technology, telecoms, media and the legal, accountancy and medical professions.

Our lawyers have guided senior professionals through every employment or contract issue, successfully supporting and representing employees who have been badly treated at work. They can anticipate all the tactics used by employers and their advisors and can advocate, negotiate and process legal proceedings on your behalf.

While senior executives often focus on remuneration and incentive arrangements, there is far more to contract reviews. We can spot where post-termination restrictive covenants within contractual clauses are likely to cause issues. We can also help high net worth individuals to negotiate on their own terms, ensuring that all conditions are satisfactory.

Where you need to negotiate a severance package or settlement agreement, our team will call on the experience of working with most investment and retail banks in the City and the UK. Penningtons Manches Cooper’s track record demonstrates our very high rates of success, conducting top level negotiations with senior HR directors or company lawyers.

This can be a difficult time for a senior executive, creating an enormous amount of pressure. Throughout all proceedings, we understand you need to maintain your reputation and your career’s profitability. With our lawyers and reputation protection experts you will be in safe hands that will tirelessly negotiate a fair resolution and, as needed, the right exit package.

Recent work highlights

Exit strategy

Advising a senior executive of an international organisation on an exit strategy and move to a competitor, including advice on post-termination obligations and external reputational management.


Boardroom dispute

Advising a management board executive in relation to a boardroom and shareholder dispute, securing favourable financial terms for our client along with the retention of all stock, the removal of the post termination covenants, and a non-executive position for the client.


Injunction relief representation

Successfully representing an employee in relation to injunction relief sought by the former employer following the employee’s departure. We settled the case with our client absolved of liability and receiving a significant six figure sum towards our client’s costs.

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