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No business can succeed without an effectively managed workforce. However, navigating a constantly evolving legal framework can be challenging.

The CMS employment team advises on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law with offices spanning the UK, EMEA and Latin America. The team often advises clients regarding internal investigatory issues, including in the regulatory, disciplinary and grievance context, and associated risks. The team supports clients both advising on the internal management of investigations as well as conducting investigations as an objective third party. Specialist knowledge of the legal issues relating to whistleblowing and harassment is a key feature of the team’s expertise.

The employment team often works with colleagues in our Risk and Investigations Group in order to ensure all aspects of risk are identified and mitigated, including specialist lawyers in our corporate crime, pharma regulatory, data protection, and financial services teams.

Through our international employment practice group we can also co-ordinate support and advice to clients on a multi-jurisdictional basis.

Recent experience related to employment law includes:

  • Advising a major financial institution on the investigation of whistleblowing allegations including advice on the role of the whistleblowing champion.
  • Conducting an investigation into an allegation of sexual harassment brought by a UK employee against an employee from a group company in another jurisdiction.
  • Dealing with the grievance and disciplinary proceedings arising out of an investigation for a regulated client using an externally instructed barrister into allegations of harassment and assault, including preparing a report for the board.
  • Jointly running an investigation with the corporate crime team in relation to a senior manager suspected of breaking anti-bribery laws and internal policies, including producing a note in relation to the data protection, investigatory powers and human rights laws implications of investigating employees.
  • Advising a number of confidential clients on the handling and reporting of investigations in both regulated and non-regulated environments, including impact on third party issues such as litigation.

What clients say about us:

  • CMS are "very strong, professional and commercially focused."
  • The team stands out as "experts in their subject matter area."
  • Clients praise the team as being "commercially driven and solution-focused," and for providing "balanced advice."
  • "The team ensure that they are up to date with any ongoing matters and there is a seamless level of support provided."
  • Catherine Taylor is "very thoughtful and supportive"

To find out more about other related services you can visit the Risk and Investigations expertise section.