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Sarah Ozanne

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English

Sarah Ozanne is a partner in the Employment team and has specialised in both contentious and non-contentious employment law matters for over 15 years.

She works with clients in a broad range of industry sectors, regularly advising on senior executive appointment and departures, restructuring and redundancy programmes, restrictive covenants and team moves as well as employment aspects of disposals and acquisitions, outsourcings and integration, including TUPE in private and public sector context. She is also an experienced litigator handling employment tribunal and High Court litigation.

Sarah is regularly published in legal and HR journals and trade publications. She is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, the European Employment Lawyers Association and the CBI Employment Lawyers Network. 

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"Clients say they value Sarah for her ‘practical and considered advice’ and ‘great level of support’"

Legal 500

Relevant experience

  • A multinational US headquartered organisation on changes to flex benefit and pension arrangements affecting its 18,000 strong UK workforce. 
  • An international insurance organisation on a project to restructure its European operations, including coordinating input from 24 jurisdictions.
  • UK banks on HR aspects of new individual accountability regime
  • A retail asset manager on board level changes including allegations of whistleblowing.
  • An insurance client on breach of confidentiality and post termination restrictions and enforcement action.
  • An international consumer products company on closure of its UK manufacturing operations.
  • A global leader in engineering on integration issues following its acquisition of a major planning, design and management consultancy and managing an on-going mandate for provision of global HR advice.
  • A major construction firm in a series of union backed claims concerning the application of TUPE. 
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Education

1995 - LPC, College of Law, London

1994 - LLB, Lancaster University, Lancaster

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Memberships

Member, Employment Lawyers Association

Member, CBI Employment Lawyers Network

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9 February 2017
What your business needs to know about gender pay...
CBI-CMS guide to gender pay
23/03/2017
Dismissal following long term absence
What factors should be taken into account before dismissing an employee following long-term sickness absence? In O’Brien v Bolton St Catherine’s Academy the Court of Appeal provides guidance on a number of issues to consider in long-term sickness absence cases.
11 January 2017
Food and beverage
16/03/2017
Headscarves and discrimination in the workplace
Contrary to the headlines, the ECJ did not rule that employers are able to ban headscarves at work. Rather, the judgement explains that a headscarf ban at work - which was part of a wider policy on religious neutrality - did not constitute direct discrimination.
29/07/2015
Collective Consultation in the UK in the spotlight
14/03/2017
Employment tax aspects of the Spring 2017 Budget
Every year, a controversial aspect of the Budget emerges. This year’s battleground seems to be the increase in NIC rate for the self-employed from April 2018. Although not directly related to employment tax, it is another sign of a likely trend over the next.
17/07/2014
Risk Matters: Insurance Sector newsletter Summer 2...
Highlighting topical issues for insurance sector p...
01/03/2017
A Striking Change? Main Provisions of Trade Union Act 2016 come i...
From 1 March 2017 the landscape of industrial action in the UK will change, as the main provisions of the Trade Union Act 2016 (the TU Act) come into force. Stemming from a government manifesto commitment, the changes are designed to prevent unions taking strike.
10/03/2014
CMS retail sector
16/02/2017
Gender Pay Gap Reporting and Employee Share Plans
As companies prepare to take their first snapshot on Gender Pay Gap Reporting, companies are now increasingly looking at the detail of what they need to include. This Law-Now looks at how remuneration received through employee share plans should be included.
14/02/2017
Court of Appeal rules on Pimlico Plumbers worker status claim
The Court of Appeal has upheld the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s decision that one of Pimlico Plumbers’ operatives was a worker rather than self-employed.   This is the highest court decision in a recent stream of cases involving similar claims from individuals.
09/02/2017
Reminder: Don’t forget your modern slavery and human trafficking...
It is now over a year since section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 came into force. Many large organisations have already published their annual modern slavery and human trafficking statement. Organisations that had their financial year-end falling between.
07/02/2017
New rules on regulatory references come into force in one month....
The new rules in relation to regulatory references, which form part of the senior managers and certification regime, come into force in one month’s time on 7 March 2017. The new rules will apply to banks, building societies, credit unions and PRA-designated.
17/01/2017
HMRC issues guidance on bonus clawback payments by employees
Over the last few years, quoted companies and companies in the financial sector have come under pressure from investors and regulators to introduce provisions requiring senior executives to lose or repay bonuses where there has been misconduct, risk failings.
08/12/2016
Salary sacrifice draft legislation now published
In the Autumn Statement, the Government confirmed that it would remove the tax advantages of salary sacrifice for arrangements put in place after April 2017. Certain benefits provided through salary sacrifice (accommodation, cars and school fees) would be protected.
07/12/2016
Final Gender Pay Gap Regulations published
Now that the final version of the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 (the Regulations) have been published, we are in a position to advise employers on the way forward with the detail around the calculation and publication process.
25/11/2016
Employee tax announcements in the Autumn Statement
The Autumn Statement had three tax announcements relevant for HR and employment specialists. Salary sacrifice The Government has announced its final proposals on salary sacrifice following consultation this year.
01/11/2016
The gig economy: key decision on employment status
Uber is a software platform which connects passengers to drivers of cars available for private hire through a smartphone app. The passenger submits a request for a pick-up, which the Uber platform sends to drivers who are in the area and logged into the app.