Esther Martin is a Partner specialising in partnership and employment law.
Esther advises multi-national employer clients on the full range of HR issues that arise for their UK workforce, including drafting employee contracts and handbooks, handling conduct and performance issues, discrimination and whistleblowing issues, terminations and enforcement of restrictive covenants. She also has extensive experience in high value senior executive and founder exits, negotiating severance packages for clients who are often in difficult or stressful situations.
Esther has expertise in advising on high value partner exits and team moves. She provides clients with strategic and practical advice and has negotiated with the Managing Partners of several law firms in relation to voluntary and involuntary partner exits.
Esther has experience of mediation, as well as litigation relating to employment law matters in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal and partnership related litigation in the High Court and the Supreme Court.
very composed, straightforward & good to deal with
Chambers & Partners 2017
Recently promoted partner Esther Martin offers “wonderful experience of how the court system works in the UK and knowledge of how the law affects partner relations, and of the time frames within which claims need to be made.” She also attracts praise for excellent client fous and constructive engagement with opposing parties, one source describing her as “very composed, straightforward and good to deal with.”
Legal 500 2016
“very strong people skills”
Chambers & Partners 2016
Chambers & Partners 2016 named Esther as a Recognised Practitioner for her partnership law work.
Legal 500 2015
Super Lawyers 2014 and 2015
Esther was named as a “Rising Star”.
- Member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners (APP) Management Committee
- AIJA (Association of Young Lawyers) – Executive Committee Member and on Organising Committee for AIJA London Congress 2015
- American Bar Association
- Employment Lawyers Association
- City of London Law Society
- Esther advised a UK law firm on the proposed expulsion of two of their partners for behavioural issues.
- Esther advised a partner in the Paris office of a global firm (with an English law LLP Agreement) on his proposed expulsion from the firm and subsequently on his negotiated exit.
- Esther advised a US attorney partner who was being threatened with expulsion over alleged behavioural and performance issues.
- Esther represented a private funds LLP partner in relation to his threatened expulsion from the firm and assisted him with his negotiated exit.
- Esther provided strategic HR advice to a US Biotechnology company in relation to its UK employees, including in relation to reviews of contracts and staff handbooks, and in relation to employee performance management issues.
- Esther advised the UK General Counsel of an international organisation in relation to potential whistleblowing, sex and age discrimination and victimisation complaints, leading to an agreed exit on negotiated terms.
- Esther advised a Board Member in relation to the proposed termination of her employment as a result of serious health issues, including potential disability discrimination claims leading to a negotiated exit.
- Esther advised a senior legal counsel in an international bank in relation to the proposed termination of her UK employment and her transfer to an overseas assignment.
- Esther took a leading role in the intervention by Public Concern at Work in the successful Supreme Court appeal in Clyde & Co and anor v Bates Van Winkelhof which determined that LLP members are “workers” for the purposes of whistleblower and other worker rights.
- Esther provides ongoing pro-bono employment law advice and support to domestic violence charity, Refuge.