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Gary Henderson

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
The Blade
Abbey Square
Reading
RG1 3BE
United Kingdom
Languages English

Gary has specialised in employment law for over 25 years.  He is ranked as a leading individual in the Legal 500 and as a Band 1 employment lawyer in the Chambers and Partners Directory. 

Gary advises clients across the whole range of business sectors providing advice on all aspects of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious, including executive engagements and dismissals, employment tribunal litigation, discrimination issues and the employment aspects of acquisitions and disposals, corporate reorganisations and outsourcing arrangements.

Gary also advises on the formulation and implementation of employment strategy and policy, the employment law implications of business initiatives (including reorganisations) and the impact of new legal developments.

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Gary Henderson is commended by sources as a "fantastic lawyer and trusted adviser" who offers "a wealth of practical and legal employment knowledge and is very pragmatic, thorough and commercially aware." He handles everything from terminations and litigation to corporate reorganisations.

Chambers UK 2017

Gary Henderson is experienced in handling a wide variety of employment matters. Clients say that "he is extremely responsive, knowledgeable, pragmatic and realistic. He is so knowledgeable about employment law and thinks ahead for possibilities so that we can prepare."

Chambers UK 2016

Gary Henderson is ‘technically brilliant, approachable and down-to-earth’. The firm’s multinational clients include Microsoft, Coca-Cola and BMW.

Legal 500 UK 2016

"He is excellent - commercially astute, practical and pragmatic in his advice. He's also very easy to communicate with, and happy to chat about any issue on which I might want a second opinion." Active across the full spectrum of employment law cases, he is particularly appreciated for the foresight he brings to complex matters: "He plays chess with the law - he always knows the next moves that will take place in a case."

Chambers UK 2015

Relevant experience

  • A FTSE 100 company on restructuring and collective redundancy issues.
  • A leading professional services company on TUPE issues arising out of outsourcing arrangements.
  • A global technology company on employment tribunal and High Court claims.
  • A major financial institution on senior executive departures.
  • A global manufacturer on the enforcement of restrictive covenants and garden leave.
  • A FTSE 100 energy sector company on international assignment arrangements.
  • A leading car manufacturer on its agency worker arrangements.
  • A global technology company on employee data protection issues.
  • A global telecommunications company on the employment law aspects of a major joint venture.
  • Numerous companies coming into the UK on the employment aspects of establishing a business in the UK.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Employment Lawyers Association
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Publications

  • Contributor to the Pensions Law Handbook (15th Edition), Bloomsbury Professional.
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Education

  • 1985 – LL.B., London School of Economics
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07 April 2021
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24 February 2021
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20 January 2021
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07 December 2020
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04 September 2020
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A great deal has been writ­ten about the im­pact that lock­down has had on wo­men, par­tic­u­larly work­ing moth­ers, and the longer term im­pact it is likely to have on gender equal­ity. But how has lock­down af­fected...
16 March 2020
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On 6 April 2020 the rel­ev­ant pro­vi­sions of the Em­ploy­ment Rights Act 1996 re­lat­ing to the right to re­ceive a writ­ten state­ment of em­ploy­ment par­tic­u­lars will change. We set out be­low the key ele­ments...
31 January 2020
Ter­min­a­tion Pay­ments: two changes to be aware of!
Em­ploy­ers should take note of re­cent and forth­com­ing changes re­lat­ing to the tax­a­tion of ter­min­a­tion pay­ments. As an over­view, in April 2020 em­ploy­ers will be re­quired to pay em­ploy­er na­tion­al in­sur­ance...
14 January 2020
April 2020 changes to off-payroll work­ing rules – gov­ern­ment launches re­view
The gov­ern­ment has launched a re­view in­to im­ple­ment­a­tion of the April 2020 changes to the off-payroll work­ing rules. In Novem­ber the Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­chequer, Sajid Javid said that a Con­ser­vat­ive gov­ern­ment...
July 2019
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As the risk pro­file of work­place har­ass­ment in­creases, and or­gan­isa­tions as­sess what needs to change, we can help you mit­ig­ate the risks by design­ing a com­pre­hens­ive and tailored anti-har­ass­ment stra...
24 May 2019
Work­ing time - an­oth­er area of ten­sion between European and UK em­ploy­ment...
A re­cent de­cision by the ECJ has high­lighted an­oth­er area where UK em­ploy­ment law is in­con­sist­ent with European law.  This fol­lows on from earli­er cases that flagged dis­crep­an­cies between the cal­cu­la­tion...
09 May 2019
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Un­der the Data Pro­tec­tion Act 1998, a data con­trol­ler had to re­spond to a data sub­ject ac­cess re­quest (DSAR) with­in 40 days of re­ceipt with no op­tion to ex­tend this peri­od. This changed un­der the GDPR...