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Sarah Henchoz

Partner

London

Sarah Henchoz

Partner

London

Sarah has considerable experience advising clients on the full range of both contentious and non-contentious employment matters. She regularly advises clients on the complex and sensitive issues arising out of the acquisition of a business and the harmonisation of that business into the wider corporate structure both locally and cross border.  This involves advising on implementing new service agreements and benefit packages for senior executives, employee and trade union consultation, and post-completion integration.  Sarah also regularly appears in and advises clients on  Employment Tribunal matters, particularly in the areas of discrimination and whistleblowing, and in respect of bonus claims.  She also has significant experience of managing cross-border projects.

Sarah is a regular contributor to employment journals such as Practical Law, and is frequently quoted in the press.  Prior to working at Allen & Overy, Sarah spent two years as an in-house employment lawyer where she developed a practical and commercial approach to problem solving in a unionised workforce.

Sarah has recently worked with:

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.

Sarah Henchoz regularly posts on subjects such as discrimination and atypical working for Allen & Overy’s Employment Talk blog.

Office

London

Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishops Square
London
E1 6AD

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2001

Academic

LLB (Hons), University of Leeds, 1997

LPC, The College Of Law, London, 1998

News & insights

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Publications: 08 JULY 2021

Changed work culture raises M&A challenges

The Covid-19 pandemic has, arguably, done more to change the culture of work than any other event in recent history, presenting all businesses but particularly those looking to restructure or those…

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People talking with a focus on their shadows

Blog Post: 25 MARCH 2021

Whistleblowing in financial services: upping the ante

The FCA has just upped the ante with regard to whistleblowing with its latest campaign “In confidence, with confidence”, designed to encourage individuals working in financial services to report…

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Publications: 12 MARCH 2021

Webinar: A global view on whistleblowing – what is the current and anticipated landscape?

By the end of 2021, EU member states must have transposed the requirements of the new EU Whistleblower Protection Directive into national legislation.

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Latest thinking - Podcast - The impact of the Brexit transition period

Publications: 24 FEBRUARY 2021

Brexit – Post-transition Q&As for employers

The end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020 has reshaped the landscape for employers. In our updated Q&As publication, we look at the impact for employment law and at considerations…

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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