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Portrait of Charissa Upton

Charissa Upton

Managing associate


Areas of expertise: Employment


Charissa is a managing associate in the employment team in Cambridge. She advises corporate and private clients on all aspects of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious, in a broad range of industry sectors, including financial services, utilities, technology, retail and leisure, and professional services. Building on her financial services experience, Charissa has also spent time working as part of the employee relations team at a major investment bank.

With a strong track record across employment status, unfair dismissal, discrimination, business transfers, restructuring and redundancies, contracts of employment, restrictive covenants, consultancy agreements, disciplinary and grievance matters, as well as corporate transactions, Charissa aims to provide commercial and pragmatic advice in all matters.

She qualified in 2004 and joined Penningtons Manches Cooper in 2018 after more than 10 years at a City law firm.

Recent work highlights

  • Providing strategic advice on terminations, complex disciplinary matters and employee grievances to a number of large corporate clients, including the world’s leading steel manufacturer, a multi-national energy provider, a railway maintenance company and a national education, qualification and skills provider.
  • Working closely with HR business partners to advise on a major redundancy and restructuring process, including providing support on collective consultation procedures.
  • Providing guidance to senior executives on exiting their businesses, including advising on restrictive covenants, shareholdings and other associated issues.
  • Advising the family offices of a number of high profile individuals on the full range of HR and employment related matters.
  • Advising on the employment aspects of a large-scale cross-border acquisition involving both share and asset sales and co-ordinating a team of foreign employment lawyers.
  • Reviewing and advising on the employment aspects of two major outsourcing agreements for a major entertainment venue and drafting appropriate warranties and indemnities.

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