Employment Aspects of M&A

We work closely alongside with our corporate colleagues to ensure that the specialist employment aspects of M&A transactions are handled efficiently and effectively.

We regularly undertake due diligence to ensure that our clients are made aware of all the commercial and legal risks when contemplating a transaction involving employees and workplace issues.  We are also experienced at negotiating warranties and indemnities to obtain maximum protection for our clients in the context of a corporate transaction.

We are experienced in advising on the employment implications of commercial agreements including the implications of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE).  We can assist with all aspects of TUPE matters including consultation matters, election of representatives, advising on changes to terms and conditions of employment and potentially transfer-related dismissals.  We also regularly advise in relation to outsourcing matters.

We also support other law firms and professional advisers, often non-UK based, who lack in-house expertise themselves in relation to complex UK employment law matters.

Representative Employment Aspects of M&A Work

Examples of our employment team’s employment related M&A work include:

  • Advised numerous clients ranging from individuals to large corporate sellers on the employment aspects of M&A deals including in relation to due diligence, warranties in sale and purchase agreements, the disclosure process and the terms of new service agreements.
  • Advised clients on the employment implications of commercial agreements including the implications of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE).
  • Advised clients on the employment implications of TUPE including in relation to the transfer of employees to business purchasers.
  • Advised business purchasers on pre-transaction and post-transaction redundancies in respect of target companies and businesses.

Key contacts:

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Sarah Glockler

Partner Employment
Work 37-41 Bedford Row London WC1R 4JH United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 20 7611 2347

Biography

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law FirmsSarah qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and joined the firm in August 2012. She specialises in employment law.

Sarah advises a wide range of clients from large companies to senior executives on all aspects of employment law. These include advising companies on HR issues such as managing disciplinary and grievance procedures, redundancy advice, drafting contracts of employment and director’s service agreements, restrictive covenant advice, team moves and conducting employment tribunal and high court cases.

She also advises senior executives on Employee Shareholder Schemes, managed exits and settlement agreements.

Sarah is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Representative Experience

Sarah has:

  • Advised a Japanese Bank in relation to claims for unfair dismissal, race discrimination, sex discrimination and pregnancy discrimination.
  • Advised a chain of American diners in relation to general HR matters and Employment Tribunal claims.
  • Advised a pilot in relation to a whistleblowing claim.
  • Advised a number of recruitment companies and dental practices in relation to injunctive proceedings in the High Court for breach of restrictive covenants and use of confidential information.
  • Advised an insurance company in relation to a team move and potential breaches of restrictive covenants.
  • Advised advertising and PR companies, hotels and restaurants on the employment aspects of M&A transactions, in particular the application of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE).

Career History

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