GQ Employment Law

09 Feb, 2012

Boutique City employment law firm starts 2012 with two new hires

  • Fast growing law firm plans further expansion this year


GQ Employment Law, the specialist employment law firm, has started the New Year with two new hires and expects to announce further appointments in the next few months.


GQ Employment Law was founded in 2010 by Partners Jon Gilligan, formerly of RBS and Linklaters, and Paul Quain, also formerly of Linklaters and Charles Russell.


The firm, which has particular expertise in the financial services sector, has grown quickly since then and has already built up an excellent client base that includes leading investment banks, private equity firms, AIM listed companies and senior executives. 


Having taken on its first Associate last March, GQ Employment Law has recently appointed Sophie Vanhegan and Caroline Baker from ‘Magic Circle’ law firms Linklaters and Slaughter & May respectively.


Jon Gilligan, Partner at GQ Employment Law, comments: “Our aim is to build a leading specialist employment law practice in the City that offers businesses of all sizes a genuine alternative to the traditional full service firms and building a high quality team is central to this. It is very exciting to be growing the firm in response to the positive reaction we have had from clients and these hires will enable us to move to the next level.


“We are actively looking to recruit further lawyers who have the right profile to work with our clients and us, and we hope to be making further announcements in the near future.”


Sophie Vanhegan, who joins as a Senior Associate from global law firm Linklaters, has extensive experience in all areas of employment law including contentious, advisory and corporate support.


Sophie has advised on some of the highest profile employment issues, including Commerzbank’s defence of the group action for alleged unpaid bonuses following Commerzbank’s takeover of Dresdner Bank in 2009 and the sale of a major UK bank’s retail branches, involving the transfer of thousands of employees. Sophie also undertook a five month secondment to RBS to assist with employee relations issues arising from the restructuring of the organisation following the acquisition of ABN AMRO.


Caroline Baker joins as an Associate from Slaughter and May, where she specialised in employment and pensions law, including advising FTSE 100 companies on these aspects of their M&A transactions and on the departure of board level senior executives. Caroline also has in-house experience, having worked at Tube Lines Limited.


Paul Quain, Partner at GQ Employment Law, comments: “We are delighted to have both Sophie and Caroline on board. They have excellent experience and extensive knowledge of the employment issues faced by businesses as a whole and financial institutions in particular and will make valuable additions to GQ Employment Law’s growing team.”

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