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David Bickford, Partner at Penningtons Manches
Areas of expertise: Employment


A partner in the Reading office, David has wide-ranging experience in all areas of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious, having specialised in this area since he qualified in 1991. He advises on various issues including managing terminations of employment, defending complex employment tribunal claims, outsourcing (including all TUPE issues), employment policies and procedures as well as restrictive covenants and confidential information.

In addition to offering bespoke in-house training workshops to his clients, David regularly lectures and writes on employment law issues. He has recently contributed articles in Personnel Today and presents at the annual Employment Law seminar to the North Hampshire CIPD.

The latest editions of both The Legal 500 and Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession recommend David as a leader in his field. He is described as being ‘very commercial’ (The Legal 500) and an ‘experienced litigator who understands business and delivers a cost-effective service’ (Chambers UK). He and his team are also highlighted as providing ‘high calibre’ representation. David is a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association.

Recent work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of high net worth individuals in both settlements with and litigation against major companies, including cases involving seven-figure awards.
  • Advising on matters relating to confidential information and restrictive covenants as a result of a whole team leaving and setting up a rival company, including successfully applying for injunctive relief.
  • Preparing and harmonising an international company's HR policies across five different jurisdictions.
  • Negotiating settlement of a sexual harassment claim between a large national company and a senior director.
  • Successfully defending an international company against a 'whistleblowing' claim by a senior member of staff.
  • Advising a major Lloyds company in relation to the removal of two board directors.

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