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Michael Powner



Private Wealth, Real Estate & Construction, Retail & LeisureSport, Technology, Media & Telecommunications


Employment, Pensions & Immigration

Michael is head of the Employment, Pensions & Immigration group at Charles Russell Speechlys, and is primarily a corporate employment lawyer.

As a trained advocate that has considerable experience of employment claims at every level, Michael has extensive expertise in providing commercial advice to reduce exposure to litigation.

He is the instigator of the Service’s "Manage the Risk" programme specifically designed to assess and reduce employment-related risk.

Michael also has substantial transactional experience with IPO, private equity/venture capital, due diligence/risk analysis and TUPE-related advice on a vast array of M&A and outsourcing deals.

Additionally, he advises plc clients in the negotiation of senior executive service contracts and severance terms as well as the employment hurdles to setting up new ventures.

His experience includes a number of Europe-wide restructurings as well as union negotiations to avoid UK-wide industrial action.

Michael is a visiting lecturer to the College of Law and a regular speaker at both internal and external conferences.

He is also a writer and regular contributor to leading employment publications such as Personnel Today and Employers Law as well as national newspapers together with television and radio news interviews.

Michael is admitted to practise in England and Wales.