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International Employment

Because clients’ interests are not limited to geographic boundaries, McGuireWoods has teams of attorneys based in our offices abroad with experience in all aspects of international employment law. We can assist you in addressing:

  • Business Reorganizations
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Directors’ Service Agreements
  • Employee Share Option Schemes
  • Employment Aspects of Business Transfers (TUPE)
  • Employment Contracts, Including Breach of Contract and Bonus Disputes
  • Employment Share Option Schemes
  • EU and Domestic Information and Consultation Obligations
  • European Legislation
  • Expatriate Assignments
  • Family-Friendly Working, Including Maternity, Paternity, Adoption and Flexible Working
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Compliance
  • Foreign Trade Union Issues
  • Garden Leave, Post Termination Restrictions and Obligations (such as Nonsolicitation, Noncompete)
  • International Mergers and Acquisitions 
  • Litigation in the English Employment Tribunal, the English High Court, the Belgium Labour Court and Other Jurisdictions
  • Part-Time, Fixed-Term and Agency Workers erformance, Conduct and Ill-Health Issues
  • Policy and Staff Handbooks
  • Redundancy Programs
  • References
  • Restraint of Trade Issues
  • Secondment Agreements
  • Statutory Severance Obligations
  • Tax
  • The Working Time Regulations 1998
  • Unlawful Deduction from Wages
  • Work Permits and Visas
  • Wrongful Dismissal Claims

Our clients have operations and needs that span the globe, and we are committed to providing the representation they need to protect and advance their interests. With this aim, McGuireWoods has developed extensive international employment law capabilities, with teams of employment lawyers based in London and Brussels acting as a hub for servicing the full range of clients’ requirements in the U.K., Belgium, Europe and the rest of the world.

A World of Experience

Our London and Brussels employment teams provide day-to-day human resources support to clients, including advice regarding the recruitment and termination of key employees, compliance with the often complex requirements of international employment law, and various aspects of international corporate transactions. We also provide advice concerning redundancies and reorganizations, including related multijurisdictional requirements.

Further, our London team has particular expertise in the area of employment litigation. This includes matters in the English Employment Tribunal (including defending claims for unfair dismissal and sensitive and high-value discrimination and whistleblower actions). Such representation also includes defending and prosecuting matters in the English High Court for disputes involving breach of contract, claims for damages, demands for injunctive and other relief for breach of garden leave requirements, breach of post-termination restrictive covenants, and misuse of confidential information.

In addition to advising on employment matters governed by English and Belgian law, we routinely deal with clients’ international employment law issues in and outside of Europe. In the London office alone, we have lawyers qualified in 17 jurisdictions who speak 27 different languages. We also have access to an extensive network of local counsel in practically every jurisdiction in the world. These experiences and contacts allow us to coordinate the provision of employment advice in multiple jurisdictions, shouldering this burden for clients and ensuring that advice received from local counsel meets the high standards of quality clients have come to expect from McGuireWoods.


Daniel L. Peyton Partner T: +44 20 7632 1667
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U.S.-based international group

Acting for a US-based international group providing execution software and market intelligence for investment banks and corporations in connection with the misappropriation, misuse and disclosure of confidential information and trade secrets by a former employee.
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Substantial U.S.-based international business

Represented a substantial U.S.-based international business in relation to the termination of a senior executive, who was a member of our client’s U.S. board of directors, seconded to work for its UK subsidiary.
Representative Matter

U.S.-based retirement community

Defending a US-based retirement community against claims of unfair dismissal and disability discrimination, following employee disciplinary proceedings and dismissal for bullying and harassment of colleagues.
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Blood products technology company

Advising on the application of data protection in the application of “consent” in respect of data protection principles under US extraterritorial, governmental and regulatory investigations.
Representative Matter

U.S.-owned AIM-listed securities company

Acting for a US owned AIM listed securities company in connection with the termination of one of its senior employees and directors. During the course of "without prejudice" correspondence we alleged that our client had been blackmailed for a sum in excess of £180,000 with threats by our client's employee that he would seek to damage our client's reputation in the press unless he was paid.
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Directors of an overseas investment fund

Effectively applied for and obtained dismissal of substantial English Employment Tribunal claims for consolidated unfair dismissal and unauthorized wage deductions brought against directors of an overseas investment fund by all of its UK employees.
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Foreign owned London-based financial services business

Effectively obtained a favorable settlement for a foreign owned London-based financial services business, resolving high-value claims for unfair dismissal and breach of contract threatened by a senior executive by asserting that certain correspondence with the executive’s solicitor constituted an attempt at blackmail, removing the cloak of privilege and amounting to an act of gross misconduct justifying summary dismissal.
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Friendship Bay hotel

Acted for a hotel on Friendship Bay, Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, providing refinancing, general corporate advice, litigation, employment-related work, real estate and other legal representation.
Representative Matter

Large Swedish company

Advised a large Swedish public company in connection with its recruitment of two directors from a principal competitor to establish and run our client’s UK business.
Representative Matter

Operator of high-speed commuter and passenger service

Advised operator of the high-speed River Thames commuter and passenger service operating 12 high speed catamarans on general corporate, commercial employment issues and a joint venture with the company that operates the largest Ferris wheel in Europe.
Representative Matter

Resolution committee appointed by the Icelandic government

Acted on behalf of the Resolution Committee appointed by the Icelandic government to manage the affairs of one of Iceland’s leading banks in the winding down of its UK branch.
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Ski holiday company

Acting for a Ski holiday company with employees in the UK, continental Europe and North America and providing the company with new contracts of employment and related policies and an employee handbook.
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UK-based charter airline and package tour company

Representation of an owner of one of the UK’s largest charter airlines and a UK-based package tour company on many aspects of their trading including general corporate advice, contracts, employment, holiday claims, regulatory, acquisitions, and joint ventures.
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Simon Clark Simon A. Neilson-Clark
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1725
F: +44 20 7632 1638
W. Carter Younger W. Carter Younger
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 4363
F: +1 804 698 2214
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August 23, 2012

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