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Anna Cope

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 and 2021

"One to watch."

Leading Counsel

"seemingly unflappable and a great asset!"

Client Feedback

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

Client Feedback

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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  • 2005 – Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales
  • 2003 – LPC, University of Exeter
  • 2002 – LLB, University of Kent, Canterbury 
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  • Employment Lawyers Association
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