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Michael Powner, Partner

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

Summary

Michael was head of the Employment, Pensions and Immigration group but is now on the Ex-Com at Charles Russell Speechlys, and is primarily a corporate employment 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 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. Particular expertise with European restructurings and dispute resolution as well as UK equal pay and gender pay reporting obligations.

Michael is admitted to practise in England and Wales.

Experience highlights

  • Acting for a FTSE 100 company with regard to Europe wide restructure in 2016
  • Acting for two premiership football clubs regarding all levels of contract advice, dispute resolution and Board appointments
  • Acting for an international retailer to provide TUPE and related collective bargaining advice, avoiding UK wide industrial action
  • Gender pay reporting preparation across clients with 250 plus employees
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