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We specialise in advising partners and LLP members on complex discrimination and whistleblowing issues. We have extensive experience in advising on and litigating such matters, and of the resolution of such issues in negotiated settlements.

We understand the tactical handling required in partner discrimination and whistleblowing issues, particularly in the context of highly regulated professional and financial services firms.

We represented Public Concern at Work, in the Supreme Court appeal in Clyde & Co LLP and another v Bates van Winkelhof (2014) on whether LLP members are workers for whistleblowing and other worker rights. We also contributed the Chapter on Discrimination and Whistleblowing Protections for LLP Members, in “The Law of Limited Liability Partnerships – Whittaker & Machell”.

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  • Bettina Bender and Anna Birtwistle advised a senior UK female equity partner of an international law firm in relation to sex discrimination allegations and an internal grievance process, and her exit negotiations.
  • Esther Martin, Clare Murray and Susanne Foster took leading roles in the successful intervention in the Supreme Court appeal in Clyde & Co & anor v Bates Van Winkelhof which determined that LLP members are “workers” for whistleblower and other worker rights.
  • Anna Birtwistle advised a senior female law firm partner in respect of allegations of sex discrimination and bullying and assisted in her negotiated exit.
  • Esther Martin advised a senior equity LLP Member in a global law firm in respect of cross border whistleblowing claims and related internal processes.
  • Susanne Foster advised a senior equity partner in relation to their position at their Firm following allegations of unlawful acts of sex discrimination and victimisation.