LONDON, 1 March 2010: Morgan Lewis today announced that Matthew Howse—a partner with 17 years’ experience representing major clients in the media, financial services, insurance, and legal industries—and his associates will join its Labour and Employment Practice in London. Their arrival follows the relocation to London last November of the global chair of the Labour and Employment Practice, Mark Dichter.
“The arrival of Matt and his associates together with our present London team, which includes partner Christopher Hitchins, expands our London-based labour and employment team to 10 and significantly expands our ability to serve our clients,” noted the chair of the firm’s Labour and Employment Practice, Mark Dichter. “Adding Matt’s and his associates’ sophisticated, high-level employment litigation experience to our strong, existing London team with its broad practice and client base, will enable us to provide to clients in the UK the same high-level representation and advice that has led our labour and employment practice to be consistently ranked in the first tier in the U.S. and recognised globally.”
Mr. Howse’s practice includes both contentious and noncontentious matters. He provides strategic advice on employment law issues, advises on the employment law aspects of transactions, and has experience with high court and employment tribunal litigation. Mr. Howse also advises on privacy law issues, including providing data protection compliance advice, reviewing data protection and employee monitoring policies, and advising on freedom of information and the law of confidentiality. Mr. Howse is described in Chambers as “proactive, pragmatic, and a highly effective negotiator.”
Mr. Howse will add to the firm’s well-recognised labour and employment capabilities—which have resulted in Morgan Lewis being ranked by Chambers as among the top employment firms globally and made Morgan Lewis a Winner or Finalist in every American Lawyer magazine “Litigation Department of the Year” competition since 2004. With a strong presence across the United States and a European team that includes employment lawyers in London, Frankfurt, and Paris, Morgan Lewis’s Labour and Employment group advises and represents Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 companies across a broad array of labour and employment matters, including complex employment litigation; race, sex, and disability discrimination; harassment; unfair dismissal; working time disputes; U.S. and European regulations; and noncompete agreements.