Sarah Thompson


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  • The University of Law, London Moorgate, LPC, with Distinction, 2009
  • Liverpool John Moores University, LLB, with Honors, 2008
  • Solicitor, England and Wales

Sarah focuses on labor and employment law, encompassing transactional, advisory and contentious issues.

She advises and represents clients on the full spectrum of workplace issues, from hiring to termination. Over the course of her practice, Sarah has drafted contracts and policies, assisted with performance management and sickness absence issues, and handled disciplinary, grievance and termination issues. She also counsels clients on employment issues relating to cross-border corporate transactions, company restructuring, global mobility, and data protection and privacy. She holds the CIPP/E certification as a Certified Information Privacy Professional from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Before joining McGuireWoods, Sarah was trainee solicitor and then employment associate for an international law firm’s London office.

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Sarah Thompson
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Assisted as part of a team of lawyers on the global spin-off of a health care division for an American NYSE personal care corporation. Her involvement included providing TUPE advice, undertaking due diligence, advising on the enforceability of restrictive covenants and confidentiality clauses and drafting settlement agreements.

Advising a US client on the purchase of an IT outsourcing business with a UK division, including counseling on TUPE issues, consultation obligations, collective redundancies and contract harmonisation.

Counseling a NASDAQ quoted life science and high technology company on the acquisition of a preclinical discovery and development research AIM listed company, including conducting due diligence, drafting and negotiating warranties and indemnities and preparing revised contracts of employment.

Advise to a global internet travel company on its acquisition of certain assets of a luxury travel company in administration, including TUPE insolvency principles and protective awards.

Representation of an American movie theatre company on the sale of a cinema to a British cinema chain, including support through the employee representatives’ election process, drafting measures letters and coordinating the transfer of employee information.

Counseling US clients on global mobility and expansion into the UK market. Advising on employee and independent contractor status, secondments, minimum and market practice benefits, employment rights and new-hire documentation. Coordinating legal advice from colleagues and local counsel when clients seek to establish a presence in different European jurisdictions.

Advice to a US manufacturer of stringed instruments on restructuring, the UK redundancy process and provided specific guidance on consulting with a HR professional on sick leave.

Assisted with employment terminations on the grounds of capability and poor performance, including support through the performance management and dismissal process, negotiating severance terms and drafting settlement agreements.

Training HR and management of a global leader in the beverage industry on workplace conflict management mediation.

Managing a European data protection project for a global solar power company, including advising on the cross-border transfer of employee and customer data outside the EEA, drafting data transfer agreements and consent forms, instructing local counsel and coordinating legal advice.

Reviewing and advising on data protection and bring your own device policies, website privacy policy and terms of use.

Advising on the collection, storage and access of employee and customer personal data held within a database for an American multi-level marketing company.

Assisting with a High Court interim injunction enforcing a stock broker’s restrictive covenant and garden leave obligations. Preparing bundles, drafting cost schedule and liaising with the opposing party and counsel.

Interviewee, "Getting Your House in Order for the GDPR," HR Magazine, May 10, 2018
Author, "Employers Must Prepare For No Grace Period Post GDPR Implementation," Employee Benefits, March 13, 2018
Author, "GDPR Subject Access Requests," GDPR: Report, November 20, 2017
Author, "Can Employers Legally Monitor Employees’ Emails At Work?," GDPR: Report, November 17, 2017
Author, "How To Gear Up For GDPR And Create A Data Privacy Culture," Personnel Today, June 21, 2017
Contributor, Employment Law Briefing, Spring 2017
Contributor, Employment Law Briefing, Summer 2016
Author, "EU referendum: no excuse to put off data protection preparations," Personnel Today, June 7, 2017
Author, "One of the last employment cases to be influenced by EU legislation?," The Times Law, February 26, 2016
Contributor, Employment Law Briefing, Winter 2016
Contributor, Employment Law Briefing, Autumn 2015
Contributor, Employment Law Briefing, Winter 2014-15
Panelist, "Snooping on Your Staff: Privacy or Prying?," IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive, April 18, 2018
Speaker, "GDPR: What HR Needs to Know," HR Magazine, March 15, 2018
Panelist, "Employees Rights under GDPR," GDPR Summit London, October 9, 2017
Another Ultimatum on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, Password Protected, June 26, 2018
Court Confirms Right to Be Forgotten Is Not Absolute , Password Protected, March 15, 2017
Start Hiring: 28,000 Data Protection Officers Needed by 2018, Password Protected, September 16, 2016
EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Text Released, Password Protected, March 1, 2016
Employers Can Read Employees’ Private Messages, Password Protected, January 25, 2016
EU and U.S. Reach “Umbrella Agreement” on Data Transfers, Password Protected, September 14, 2015
SEC Issues Wells Notice to Pimco Over Fund Valuations, Subject to Inquiry, August 28, 2015