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Anna Cope


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

As an employment law specialist, Anna principally acts for employers ranging from global corporations to small and medium size enterprises across a variety of industries, including the media, technology and consumer products business sectors.

Anna is an experienced advisor and strategic partner for her employer clients and a skilful employment tribunal litigator, having successfully defended high-value discrimination, whistleblowing, TUPE and other statutory and contractual claims for over a decade.

She has been instrumental in successfully resolving some significant and complex litigation for her clients, including acting against unions. Those working with (and against) her have since endorsed her skills, in particular, her resilient and no-nonsense approach and strategic mind.

Her ability to see ‘the bigger picture’ coupled with her significant experience in advising on employee relations issues and "reassuring" attitude assists her in providing clients with practical and solution-focused support in respect of day to day employment and industrial relations issues. She also has significant experience in advising on large scale redundancy/re-organisation programmes and on the application of TUPE.

Successful secondments within the human resources division of a leading luxury on-line fashion business and the in-house legal department of a well-known UK public sector broadcaster have afforded her the opportunity to understand client needs from a different perspective. This distinguishes her from others and is something which her clients’ value immensely.

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“Recognised as a 'Next Generation Partner'."

Legal 500, 2020, 2021 and 2022

"One to watch."

Leading Counsel

"seemingly unflappable and a great asset!"

Client Feedback

"highly skilled, thoughtful, creative, pragmatic, responsive and dependable.”

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Relevant experience

  • Managing a portfolio of UK employment tribunal litigation on behalf of a multi-national company and global brand including defending individual and multiple Claimant claims relating to TUPE (including acting against unions), equal pay, whistleblowing, discrimination, collective consultation and other statutory and contractual claims.
  • Assisting two separate employers on applications by a leading union to the Central Arbitration Committee for statutory recognition to entitle it to conduct collective bargaining.
  • Strategic partner to various clients in relation to day to day employment law and employee relations issues through the life cycle of an employment relationship, from recruitment and contractual documentation, strategic advice during employment to dismissals and ACAS early conciliations.
  • Advising on the TUPE and insolvency issues arising from the collapse of Carillion plc.
  • Leading and successfully mediating several high value claims using commercial mediators, judicial mediation and ACAS mediation services.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Employment Lawyers Association
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  • 2005 – Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales
  • 2003 – LPC, University of Exeter
  • 2002 – LLB, University of Kent, Canterbury 
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Strik­ing Times (3): the cur­rent in­dus­tri­al re­la­tions land­scape in the UK
With strike ac­tion cur­rently tak­ing place across the UK, and with more planned by work­ers in a vari­ety of in­dus­tries, com­par­is­ons are already be­ing drawn to the 1978-1979 Winter of Dis­con­tent. Factors...
CMS Me­dia Up­date Morn­ing
Our pop­u­lar Me­dia Up­date Morn­ing re­turns.We are de­lighted that this ses­sion will be our first in per­son me­dia event since be­fore the pan­dem­ic and we are very ex­cited to see you all. Please do come early...
The S in ESG: The role of HR
As ESG be­comes an in­creas­ingly im­port­ant factor for or­gan­isa­tions, what role can HR play in shap­ing the ESG agenda? In our guide the em­ploy­ment team dis­cuss the S in ESG and the role of HR. 
Chan­ging dy­nam­ics in the work­place – more chal­lenges for em­ploy­ers
We are de­lighted to in­vite you to a pan­el dis­cus­sion ex­plor­ing “Chan­ging dy­nam­ics in the work­place – more chal­lenges for em­ploy­ers.” Our ex­perts in em­ploy­ment, health and safety and per­son­al in­jury/in­sur­ance...
Fu­ture Fa­cing Dis­putes - The Fu­ture Risks of the Re­mote Work­place
The way we work is chan­ging. The tra­di­tion­al concept of the ‘work­place’ and the nature of work­place dis­putes is there­fore chan­ging too. As the work­ing world ad­apts and looks to es­tab­lish in­creas­ingly...
2021 trends in em­ploy­ment law - what is im­pact­ing the people agenda?
Fol­low­ing a year of un­ex­pec­ted and un­pre­ced­en­ted change in the world of work, we start 2021 look­ing ahead at ten em­ploy­ment law trends and le­gis­lat­ive changes which we an­ti­cip­ate will have a sig­ni­fic­ant...
Risk Es­sen­tials: Nav­ig­at­ing the new work­place land­scape: man­aging em­ploy­ment,...
Be­fore COV­ID-19 struck, many em­ploy­ers pub­licly en­dorsed flex­ible and agile work­ing, but the prac­tic­al real­ity of the Gov­ern­ment’s lock­down meant that many were forced to ad­opt rad­ic­al new ways of work­ing...
Can tech­no­logy keep the work­force safe?
Many em­ploy­ees who have been work­ing from home or been fur­loughed through­out the past few months will be anxious about re­turn­ing to their work­place.The gov­ern­ment’s mes­sage to em­ploy­ers is clear: the...
Job Re­ten­tion Bo­nus Scheme
In a sur­prise move, the Chan­cel­lor an­nounced the second phase of COV­ID-19 sup­port meas­ures, the Plan for Jobs. The head­line meas­ure for em­ploy­ers is the new Job Re­ten­tion Bo­nus Scheme  pay­ing £1,000...
Lock­down and bey­ond (We­bin­ar)
The CMS em­ploy­ment team are de­lighted to in­vite you to our we­bin­ar Lock­down and bey­ond, cre­ated to ad­dress the many em­ploy­ment law chal­lenges faced by em­ploy­ers as they re­spond to the crisis.  For in­stance...
COV­ID-19 - What about the self-em­ployed? You have not been for­got­ten
For the es­tim­ated 5 mil­lion self-em­ployed/freel­an­cers in the UK, the Gov­ern­ment had an­nounced min­im­al sup­port for those whose work has been or will be af­fected by the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic be­fore today.  However...
Coronavir­us – what next?
Since our pre­vi­ous brief­ing about some of the key is­sues that em­ploy­ers of UK-based staff should be con­sid­er­ing in light of the COV­ID-19 (Coronavir­us) out­break, the World Health Or­gan­iz­a­tion has de­clared...