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  • Martin Pratt

    Martin Pratt
    Partner, London

    Employment, pensions & immigration, Issues at work, Employer's Issues

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Martin specialises in advising companies and senior professionals on employment law matters. He acts for employers from a variety of sectors, including law, construction, logistics, media and the arts, to resolve any employment law issue. He also represents professional private clients, like public company directors, LLP members, lawyers, bankers, hedge fund managers and tech entrepreneurs, in a variety of complex issues. These range from boardroom disputes, restrictive covenants, discrimination, dismissal and workplace investigations, through to the negotiation of new contracts and remuneration structures.

Martin’s approach focuses on pragmatic, practical solutions to his clients’ issues, guiding them through all aspects of employment and partnership relationships, including change management in the workplace, all forms of litigation and dealing with the all-important people dimension in commercial transactions.

His experience includes board room disputes, international (particularly pan-European) employment law and HR support, as well as advising on complex employment documentation. He also provides strategic advice on reorganisation programmes and business transfers in a variety of sectors. Furthermore, he has brought and defended cases in Employment Tribunals and in the Civil Courts involving, amongst much else, discrimination, whistleblowing and TUPE.

Martin is a prolific commentator on employment law issues on TV and radio. He has appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live, the BBC World Service, Sky TV and others, and is often sought for comment in print by a number of HR publications.

Highlight Matters

  • Successfully settling through confidential mediation a whistleblowing dispute on behalf of two investment bankers in a claim brought against an overseas employer resulting in a seven figure sum for the clients.
  • Acting for a boutique tax advisory practice in the successful resolution of a significant and potentially very damaging boardroom dispute between its founders.
  • Advising a large regional law firm in the workforce integration and redundancy process that followed its multi million pound acquisition of a financially distressed competitor.
  • Giving transactional and human resources support to a multi-national insurer in its pan-European redundancy exercise.
  • Successfully defending a law firm from a complex age-discrimination claim brought by a departing partner.
  • Winning a high-value sex discrimination and unfair dismissal claim for an international telecoms business.
  • Assisting a top-10 UK accountancy firm in the workforce integration challenges arising from its merger with a rival practice.
  • Giving day-to-day human resources support to a national logistics business.
  • Representing a professional services firm in enforcing restrictive covenants against departing senior managers.
  • Advising a listed financial services group on a complex large scale redundancy programme.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Industrial Law Society 
  • The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) 
  • The Westminster and Holborn Law Society

Employment, pensions & immigration, Issues at work, Employer's Issues


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Education (University):
University of Oxford (Trinity); College of Law, York; Leicester University