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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.
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Experience


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

Memberships


  • Employment Lawyers Association