Louise Skinner provides sophisticated, strategic advice on all aspects of employment law, with particular focus on regulatory employment matters. Described as “truly exceptional and insightful” by clients in The Legal 500 UK guide, Louise advises clients on issues including unfair and constructive dismissal, contractual disputes, whistleblowing, discrimination and restraint of trade. Louise also has significant experience in both Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation.
Louise has particular experience in the financial services sector, advising extensively on employment aspects of cross-border regulatory investigations and connected litigation. Additionally, she provides counsel on regulatory personnel issues, including disciplinary proceedings, complex issues of privilege, assessment of fitness and propriety and regulatory references, and addressing a variety of employee compensation issues, including withholding and forfeiture of bonus payments and deferred compensation. In a global environment of heightened regulatory accountability and scrutiny, Louise’s grasp of and experience in the multi-dimensional issues present in matters which bridge the employment and regulatory framework have made her a go-to person for cases of this kind.
Louise also has a particular interest in matters concerning equality and diversity in the workplace, offering clients strategic and specific advice on issues relating to the gender pay gap, including equal pay, parental rights, quotas, and positive action in both recruitment and promotion. In addition, Louise conducts investigations into work place culture and advises on harassment prevention, crisis management and remediative action.
Louise has extensive experience in advising life sciences clients on the full ambit of employment legal issues, including ethical and regulatory concerns. She also advises a wide range of clients on employee competition matters, including in relation to restrictive covenants, confidentiality and garden leave, and has experience in applications for injunctive relief in the High Court and Court of Appeal.
Louise advises on the employment aspects of corporate transactions and restructuring projects, supporting clients on many acquisitions, outsourcings, takeovers and reorganisations. She has additional experience counselling clients on the automatic transfer of employment requirements and associated information and consultation obligations.
Louise makes it a priority to develop close relationships with her clients obtaining an in-depth understanding of their unique challenges and ensuring that her advice is at all times strategic and pragmatic.
Louise frequently speak on employment and regulatory-related topics, is regularly quoted in the press and publishes articles in publications including PLC online and PLC Magazine.
College of Law of England and Wales, London, 2004, Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test
Glasgow Graduate School of Law, Scotland, 2000, Diploma in Legal Practice
University of Glasgow, Scotland, 1999, LLB, Hons
England & Wales (Solicitor)
Awards and Affiliations
Distinguished Legal Writing Award, The Burton Awards, Law360 (2019)
Ranked, Employment: Employer, London (Firms), Chambers UK (2019)
Recommended, Human Resources: Employment: Employers and Senior Executives: Employers, London, The Legal 500 UK (2019)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017)
Recipient, Women in Law Award in Employment Law, Lawyer Monthly Magazine (2017)
Nominated for WeAretheCity Rising Star award (2017)