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Anthony Fincham

Head of Employment

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Anthony Fincham is Head of the UK employment team at CMS. He has specialised in employment and industrial relations law for more than 25 years.  His major areas include directors' service agreements, remuneration packages, team moves, discrimination, corporate transactions, restrictive covenants, industrial relations and partnerships.

Anthony is recognised as a tier one leader in the field by Chambers.  He is also an accredited mediator and among the first to be recognised as a leader in that field by Chambers.  He has mediated a substantial number of commercial and employment disputes with a wide variety of subject matters.

He writes periodic opinion comments in The Times on a variety of workforce issues.

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"A recognised leader within the employment field, his successes in the High Court cementing his status as one of the strongest lawyers in the industry"

Chambers, 2014

"Anthony has a “sound” approach and clients value his team for its “spot-on and pragmatic advice” and its “fantastic” level of service."

Legal 500, 2013

"One market commentator describes his technical expertise as being "invaluable" whilst another cites the "clarity of his advice" as a prime differentiator."

Relevant experience

  • An international manufacturing company on a leading case on team moves.
  • A wide variety of employers in obtaining injunctions to restrain breach of restrictive covenants.
  • A global manufacturer on a leading case on the enforcement of cross-border restrictive covenants.
  • One of the UK’s largest employers on industrial relations strategy.
  • A leading manufacturer on a trade union application for compulsory recognition.
  • The employment aspects of corporate transactions, outsourcing, restructuring, relocations and changing terms and conditions of employment.
  • The test case on TUPE at the Court of Appeal.
  • The EU on cross-border employment transfers.
  • A leading German bank on complex TUPE issues which arose on a merger.
  • Co-ordinating advice over most European jurisdictions on different assignments including in relation to proposed pay reductions.
  • An international bank in defending various high court and employment tribunal claims including stress at work and discrimination.
  • UK and Irish Banks on bonus payments following the banking crisis.
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1976 – MA Modern History, Oriel College, Oxford

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Member, City of London Solicitors Company Employment Law Sub-Committee

Member, The Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) and the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA).

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Employment section, Practical Commercial Precedents – Thomson Reuters

Employment section, Commercial Transaction Checklists – Thomson Reuters

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