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Nick Dent

Partner, London

Nick is a Partner in the UK Employment Team at DWF and heads up the London Employment practice.
Nick Dent


Nick Dent advises employers on the full range of their employment issues, including high-value discrimination, whistleblowing and bonus claims. Nick has particular experience in advising on restrictive covenant disputes, and an ever-increasing part of his practice involves the co-ordination of cross-border employment issues. He also frequently advises on collective redundancies, as well as the employment aspects of outsourcing and M&A transactions, and issues at the interface between employment law and financial regulation and data protection law.

Among other notable matters, Nick has also led the teams advising:

Restrictive covenants

  • Argus Media on ‎its successful enforcement in injunction proceedings ‎and a speedy trial of a 9 month non-‎competition ‎covenant
  • A PR company on a ‎resolution, shortly before the hearing of an ‎injunction, of a ‎disputed team move, including negotiations with five separate sets ‎of lawyers
  • A Lloyd’s underwriting firm on its defence of an ‎application for an injunction following the ‎recruitment of a team, and on the subsequent regulatory investigation ‎by Lloyd’s Advisory/cross-border
  • Engelhart Commodity Trading Partners on the co-ordination of a restructuring across 21 jurisdictions
  • A US company on employment documentation across 44 countries
  • The Financial Times on all its employment law issues since ‎‎2005, including the restructuring of ‎its print and online Editorial ‎functions and the associated union ‎‎consultation Employment Tribunal litigation
  • A global corporate bank on a 17 day disability claim for career loss damages, including the strike-out of ‎a claim against its chief executive personally
  • A professional services company on a long dispute with an ‎employee with likely undiagnosed mental health issues, with interlocking performance management ‎and disciplinary issues, multiple ‎grievances ‎and a Tribunal claim regulatory/financial services
  • Financial institutions, hedge funds and asset and wealth ‎managers on the full range of employee relations issues, from ‎collective redundancies to numerous seven figure discrimination claims and partnership disputes, as well as a six month secondment to a clearing bank
  • Private equity firms, hedge funds and executives on ‎complex remuneration structures such as carried interest and co-‎investment schemes and their impact on termination of ‎employment
  • Private equity firms on the key employee relations issues ‎arising in their investee companies, and investee company ‎management teams on their position on entry to and exit ‎from PE ownership


  • Employment Lawyers Association