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.
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.