Michael Powner, Partner
Michael is a corporate employment lawyer with a UK, US, European and Middle Eastern client base.
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.
- 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.
Vicarious liability – Court of Appeal find employer not liable for “practical joke”
Michael Powner and Isabella MacPherson write for People Management on whether employers can enforce compulsory retirement ages
In light of a recent case, Michael Powner and Isabella MacPherson explore what firms can do to avoid age discrimination claims.
The Tip of the Iceberg of Changes to a Modern Hospitality Industry? Hospitality staff entitled to keep all tips under new rules
Flexible working requests: 5 tips for employers
Michael Powner writes for People Management and explains how employers can carry out an equal pay audit
How do employers carry out an equal pay audit?
Michael Powner and Laurence Whymark write for The Caterer on the implications of the new tipping laws on the hospitality industry
Operators will soon have to pass on tips to staff without deductions.
Linking ESG and Executive Pay
How does a business go about embedding a focus on strong ESG performance into the structures and culture of its organisation?
It’s all about the data…why has the government delayed hospitality reopening again?
Michael Powner quoted by People Management on the implications of Uber's decision to pay drivers minimum wage
Uber’s rollout of living wage will put further pressure on other gig economy firms to follow suit.
Michael Powner quoted by Personnel Today on the implications of the Uber Supreme Court ruling on the gig economy
While the case is fact specific, the decision is likely to be a very persuasive authority for tribunals ruling on others in the gig economy.
Michael Powner quoted by Bloomberg, PA Media and People Management on the Supreme Court's ruling on the employment status of Uber drivers
The Supreme Court unanimously found that Uber drivers are workers under UK law.
Mind the Gap – Gender Pay Reporting
In July 2015, the Government announced its goal of closing the gender pay gap “in a generation”.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from 1 November 2020 to 30 April 2021
Reviewing the latest updates on the extended furlough scheme.
Key COVID Update for Food and Beverage Operators
Key points that businesses in the industry in England should know.
Extension of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)
Reviewing the points of the government’s announcement about the Extended Furlough Scheme.
The Job Support Scheme: Key Facts
A further announcement made on 22 October, offers a more generous package of measures to support affected businesses by COVID-19.
Update on Coronavirus support for employers
On 9 October the government announced a 6-month extension to the Job Support Scheme) due to start from 1 November 2020.
Re- opening Restaurants, Pubs & Bars: guidance
We combine the latest information on the requirements and recommendations to the F&B industry ahead of 4 July.
COVID-19: Returning to Work Briefing
Michael Powner's briefing on how the easing restrictions will impact the way we work and how we can adapt to the upcoming changes.
COVID-19: Return to Work Ready
Have you ensured that your employees and workplace are return to work ready?