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Anna Cope


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

Anna Cope is an employment law specialist and a partner in the CMS UK Employment Team working across Bristol and London. She is an adept and strategic employment tribunal litigator with a wealth of experience in successfully defending and resolving multifaceted and complex high value employment disputes including discrimination, whistleblowing, TUPE and other statutory and contractual claims. 

Anna’s clients range from well-known global corporations to small and medium size enterprises across a variety of industries, including the technology, consumer products, media and life sciences business sectors. Anna is also regularly instructed by insurers, and their insured clients, to manage and resolve their employment related disputes.

Anna’s commercial approach and ability to see the bigger picture are instrumental in her non-contentious practice where she is a “trusted advisor” to businesses on the entire lifecycle of the employment relationship, from recruitment to dismissal, including employee relations and industrial relations matters and reorganisation and transformational projects.

Anna has been recognised for many years by the leading directories and is a regular speaker and author on topical employment law issues.

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"Anna Cope is a trusted employment advisor to insurance, TMT and consumer goods sector clients."

Legal 500, 2023

"Anna Cope and her team are extremely responsive; they always get back to you in a very timely manner and are always understanding of the urgency in timelines."

Chambers, 2023

“Recognised as a 'Next Generation Partner'."

Legal 500, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023

"seemingly unflappable and a great asset!"

Client Feedback

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

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Relevant experience

  • A portfolio of UK employment tribunal litigation on behalf of a global technology company, including defending complex and high value multifaceted employment disputes.
  • A well-known UK plc on its investigations and resulting actions relating to various incidents of harassment.
  • A leading insurer and global technology company, in both the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal, in claims brought by a former employee relating to his ill health.
  • Strategic partner to numerous clients in relation to day to day employment law, employee relations and industrial relations issues through the lifecycle of the employment relationship, from recruitment and contractual documentation, strategic advice during employment to dismissals and ACAS early conciliations.
  • Two separate employers on applications by a leading union to the Central Arbitration Committee for statutory recognition to entitle it to conduct collective bargaining.
  • Successfully leading and mediating 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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  • Aug 2022 - Striking Times (3): the current industrial relations landscape in the UK.
  • July 2022 - CMS Media Update Morning.
  • Oct 2021 - The S in ESG: The role of HR.
  • July 2021 - Changing dynamics in the workplace – more challenges for employers.
  • May 2021 - Future Facing Disputes - The Future Risks of the Remote Workplace.
  • Jan 2021 - 2021 trends in employment law - what is impacting the people agenda? 
  • Sept 2020 - Risk Essentials: Navigating the new workplace landscape.
  • Aug 2020 - Can technology keep the workforce safe?
  • July 2020 - Job Retention Bonus Scheme.
  • Apr 2020 - Lockdown and beyond (Webinar).
  • Mar 2020 - COVID-19 - What about the self-employed? You have not been forgotten. 
  • Mar 2020 - Coronavirus – what next?
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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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