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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

Key regulatory topics

Publications: 22 JANUARY 2020

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update 10 January - 16 January 2020

Allen & Overy publish weekly updates on key regulatory topics affecting the financial services sector. 

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Publications: 20 JANUARY 2020

Inactive entities are about to be removed from the Luxembourg trade and companies register

Following the statement issued by the Luxembourg Ministry of Justice in December 2019[1] , the Luxembourg Business Registers (LBR) confirmed on 13 January 2020 that it will start removing inactive entities from the Luxembourg trade and companies register. 

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Publications: 01 MARCH 2019

Possible hard Brexit: Prepare to rehome your UK EWC

It is possible that the UK will leave the EU without a deal on 12 April – a so-called “hard Brexit” – if the Government is unable to gain Parliamentary support for its withdrawal agreement or another solution.

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Publications: 05 FEBRUARY 2019

Extending the SMCR to FCA-only authorised firms: Our insights

Yesterday the FCA published its much-anticipated consultation paper on the extension of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) to FCA-only authorised firms. We have set out below our initial thoughts on and insights into the FCA’s proposals, which we hope that you will find useful.

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