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Nicholas Robertson

Nicholas Robertson

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"Nick is highly commercial and direct. He balances the legal requirements with our culture and business needs to achieve the best outcomes"

Chambers UK 2017

Nick is head of our London Employment Group, which has been described as "an authority in employment" and "a first stop for City clients", for providing “real authority and nous” as well as “fit for-purpose advice”. Leading the practice, he “puts his neck on the line for clients” (Legal 500 2016). He is regarded as a leading light in employment law and has been rated as either a "star" lawyer or a Band 1 lawyer for advice to employers in Chambers for many years. He is listed as a leading individual in Legal 500.

Clients like his personable, down to earth approach and how he quickly gets to grips with their needs. He has an ability to cut through complex areas of law, communicating them clearly and simply. Nick advises on a full range of employment matters for employers, both on a collective basis and in relation to individual employees. He regularly advises on the recruitment and termination of senior executives; the conduct of consultation meetings with trade unions and employee representatives; and large scale corporate reorganisations and outsourcing matters. His practice increasingly includes cross-border projects and disputes.

His experience includes representing employers in legal proceedings in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal. He has represented clients at the Central Arbitration Committee and in mediations. In addition to acting as client relationship partner, and partner level adviser to many of the Firm's clients, Nick is also instructed by employers facing significant employment issues, either because of the size of the claim, or the sensitivities surrounding it. Many of these do so "off panel" looking to use the experience and approach which Nick has.

Recent examples of his work includes successfully acting to obtain the full enforcement of post termination restrictions against departing employees who were joining a competitor of our client. He has also advising a client on a large scale reorganization involving multiple TUPE transactions coupled with a need to harmonise significantly differing terms of employment across a number of associated companies.
Nick is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the City of London Law Society Employment Sub-Committee. He is a trained mediator, and sits on the Employment Advisory Board of PLC magazine. He has previously sat on the EAT Users Group and the ELA International Committee.

He became Head of the London Employment Group in January 2009 and a Global Firm Practice Leader in the Employment and Benefits Group in 2010. Nicholas qualified as a lawyer in 1988 and became a partner in 1995. His involvement with employment law dates back to 1983, and since that time he has been continuously involved with employment law one way or another.

“Nicholas Robertson offers support to employers and senior executives across the whole gamut of employment law. He is recognised for his expert knowledge of senior executive exits, trade union negotiations and large-scale reorganisations.” - Chambers UK 2017: Employment
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