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BLAKE LAPTHORN APPOINTS NEW HEAD OF EMPLOYMENT TEAM

BLAKE LAPTHORN APPOINTS NEW HEAD OF EMPLOYMENT TEAM IN LONDON

 
Blake Lapthorn is pleased to announce the appointment of Alexandra Bonner as the head of its Employment team in London.
 
Alexandra will be responsible for heading up the team and for continuing to develop and grow the firm's Employment practice in London by building on its offering to meet the needs of its existing and expanding client base.
 
Alexandra joins Blake Lapthorn from Memery Crystal LLP where she was a partner in its Employment team, providing clients with legal advice on all aspects of the employment cycle from recruitment through to termination.  Alexandra specialises in all areas of employment law, including issues that arise in relation to acquisitions and disposals including in relation to insolvency matters and in respect of the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations.  She regularly advises on business restructuring, redundancy and reorganisations, and deals with dispute resolution, including tribunal claims, High Court matters such as bonus claims and boardroom disputes.  Alexandra also advises on drafting and negotiating restrictive covenants and enforcing them via High Court injunctions as necessary.
 
Alexandra has particular expertise in a number of industry sectors including retail, recruitment, publishing and media.  She is a member of the Employment Lawyer's Association and is listed in Who's Who in the City.
 
Comments Alexandra: "I am pleased to join Blake Lapthorn at this exciting time, as the firm continues to grow and expand.  The team that I have joined has been involved in some of the biggest Employment cases in the city and I look forward to building on the firm's practice in its London office."
 
Blake Lapthorn's Employment team understands the difficult issues currently facing companies and the major ongoing changes in employment law from restrictions on working time to age discrimination, including focusing on the detail of the likely content of the forthcoming Agency Workers Directive.  The team is helping clients reduce staff costs in the downturn including workforce restructurings and redundancy programmes, risk-free and cost efficient ways of engaging temps and contractors tax efficiently, bonus re-negotiations, trade union and collective bargaining issues, and TUPE issues surrounding outsourcings and sales and acquisitions.  Blake Lapthorn also represents executives who may consider that they are being unfairly targeted for dismissal under the cloak of a redundancy situation.
 
Max Craft, partner at Blake Lapthorn and head of the firm's Employment team, said: "Alexandra brings a wide and diverse range of experience in the area of Employment law.  Her appointment reflects our growth ambitions for the team in London and we feel that she has the right combination of experience and skills to add value to both the role and the firm. The whole team joins me in welcoming Alexandra and looks forward to working with her."

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