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Michael Powner

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Michael is a corporate employment lawyer with a UK, US, European and Middle Eastern client base.

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About

Michael has over 25 years of experience primarily as a corporate employment (labor) lawyer with a UK, US, European and Middle Eastern client base. He has extensive expertise in providing commercial advice to reduce exposure to litigation. Michael also has substantial transactional experience advice on a vast array of M&A, SPA and outsourcing deals. He has particular expertise with European redundancies/restructurings and all forms of employment related dispute resolution as well as the legal challenges of diversity and inclusion, recruitment and retention of key staff, HR audits/reviews to unearth key problem areas to address together with implementing change/transformation programmes including benchmarking against the best in class for data protection, whistleblowing, well-being and respect policies. Michael is ranked as a partner in Chambers & Partners 2021 for Employment.

Michael is admitted to practice in England and Wales.

Experience

  • Acting for a FTSE 100  and many other similar international businesses with regard to Europe wide restructurings and redundancies in 2020
  • Constantly updated advice on Covid and the UK Government schemes across Europe to retain jobs, including  implementing workforce variations to contracts and changes to home working and travel policies
  • Acting in sport for global sports organisations, teams and federations across a range of employment advice, reviews and audits
  • Acting for international retailers to provide TUPE and related collective bargaining advice, avoiding UK wide industrial action
  • Gender pay reporting, NMW audits, positive action planning and implementing culture change programmes across a wide spectrum of sectors.

Our thinking

  • Pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace

    Michael Powner

    Insights

  • Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Workplace

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    Insights

  • New Law Journal quotes Michael Powner on the landmark judgment on underpaid holiday claims

    Michael Powner

    In The Press

  • Religious group found not vicariously liable for rape

    Michael Powner

    Insights

  • Clash of Protected Rights in the Workplace

    Michael Powner

    Insights

  • We asked ChatGPT about harnessing AI in the workplace – this is what it said

    Michael Powner

    Insights

  • The Employment (Allocation of Tips) Act receives Royal Assent – but does it fail to consider the practical realities facing employers operating within the hospitality sector?

    Michael Powner

    Insights

  • Employment Reform - Government Publishes Policy Paper and Consultation

    Michael Powner

    Insights

  • Pay Gap Transparency and Reporting: A Step Towards Workplace Equality

    Michael Powner

    Insights

  • Neurodiversity in the workplace

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    Insights

  • Michael Powner and Ellen Roberts write for People Management on the benefits and drawbacks of novel compensation packages

    Michael Powner

    In The Press

  • What’s new in employment law podcast: Innovative reward schemes

    Michael Powner

    Podcasts

  • Barrister with gender critical beliefs discriminated against by chambers

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    Insights

  • Gender critical belief – finding of discrimination

    Michael Powner

    Insights

  • Michael Powner and Emily Chalkley write for People Management on who pays the price for vicarious liability

    Michael Powner

    In The Press

  • Vicarious liability – Court of Appeal find employer not liable for “practical joke”

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    Quick Reads

  • Michael Powner and Isabella MacPherson write for People Management on whether employers can enforce compulsory retirement ages

    Michael Powner

    In The Press

  • The Tip of the Iceberg of Changes to a Modern Hospitality Industry? Hospitality staff entitled to keep all tips under new rules

    Sam Lawn

    Quick Reads

  • Flexible working requests: 5 tips for employers

    Quick Reads

  • Michael Powner writes for People Management and explains how employers can carry out an equal pay audit

    Michael Powner

    In The Press

  • Michael Powner and Laurence Whymark write for The Caterer on the implications of the new tipping laws on the hospitality industry

    Michael Powner

    In The Press

  • Linking ESG and Executive Pay

    Michael Powner

    Insights

  • It’s all about the data…why has the government delayed hospitality reopening again?

    Michael Powner

    Quick Reads

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