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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

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

News & insights

Publications: 26 AUGUST 2020

Legal advice privilege: does a lawyer get you home and dry?

It is often assumed that if a lawyer plays some part in the creation or production of a document, it automatically becomes privileged, giving it protection from disclosure in subsequent litigation.

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Publications: 29 MAY 2020

Conducting Covid-19 coronavirus risk assessments – Ten key issues for UK employers to consider

As UK organisations begin to think about returning to the workplace, here are ten key issues for in-house counsel and HR teams to consider when conducting risk assessments. 

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Publications: 22 MAY 2020

Towards a “Covid-19 coronavirus secure” workplace: 15 key ways for UK employers to comply and manage risk

UK Employers will be busy preparing their workplace and return to work strategies in response to the UK Government’s guidance on working safely during the coronavirus pandemic (the Guidance). Here are…

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Publications: 15 MAY 2020

Lifting the Covid–19 coronavirus lockdown – what issues need to be considered when screening and testing your employees in Europe and the U.S.?

A team of Allen & Overy’s specialists across Europe and the U.S. hosted a client webinar focussing on the lifting of Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown restrictions and key issues to consider when…

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