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Sarah Henchoz



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Sarah Henchoz



Sarah is the Head of the UK Employment practice. She is recognised as being one of the leading employment lawyers of her generation. Her extensive practice is truly international, advising her clients on global workforce issues on a multi-jurisdictional basis.

Her particular specialism is business protection and workplace conduct issues. She has considerable experience of managing the most commercially sensitive and complex of matters such as complex litigation involving restraints of trade, whistleblowing and discrimination claims, and conducting investigations into often highly sensitive workplace conduct and culture. Her approach is recognised by clients as being highly pragmatic and strategic, while demonstrating adaptability in style to suit the most sensitive of matters. She is a Leading Individual in Legal 500 and ranked Band 1 in Chambers. Clients have described her as having “an almost superhuman ability to be on the detail where needed, without losing her strategic pose” and some who “provides clear legal advice and much more than that, thought-leadership and partnership on some of our trickiest of issues”. 

Sarah also regularly supports our Corporate practice on some of its biggest M&A transactions as well as advising clients on post-acquisition workforce harmonisation, restructures and senior management changes.

Sarah was awarded the TLC Lions Human Leader of the Year award 2023 having been nominated by her team for her approach to leadership. She is a Mental Health Advocate and takes an active approach to all aspects of our DE&I agenda.

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Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2001


LLB (Hons), University of Leeds, 1997

LPC, The College Of Law, London, 1998

Other noteworthy experience


  • Thomas Cook on the employment issues arising out of its sale of the Neilson business.
  • Deepmind Technologies on their sale to Google and, in particular, the senior executive remuneration arrangements.
  • ENI on its acquisition of Liverpool Bay from BHP Biliton which involved significant employee consultation in respect of the harmonisation of terms and conditions of employment post-completion.
  • Boursorama on the employment issues arising out if its sale of Selftrade to Equiniti.
  • An international financial institution on its review of employment contacts in 52 countries in order to implement one universal contract across all of its operations.
  • A financial institution on a whistleblowing and unfair dismissal claim raising complex regulatory and legal issues.
  • A global bank on a race and disability discrimination claim brought by an existing employee.

Published work

  • Contributions to a number of legal journals, including Practical Law and Personnel Today
  • Quoted in City AM, Financial News and the Wall Street Journal
  • Produces client bulletins on a range of hot topics

Awards & accolades

Listed in the Top 50 Human Leaders Cohort

TLC Lions Award 2023 - TLC Lions described Sarah as a "Champion for change and the kind of leader who makes you feel seen, heard and valued"