William founded the successful Employment and Discrimination department (which is ranked highly in both Legal 500 and Chambers directories). The team acts for employers and senior executives.

William is ranked as a leading individual in respect of employment law, by national directories. His practice spans the widest range of clientele from senior individuals in industry and the city to professional partnerships and corporates, as well as household name charities. His work encompasses negotiation of contractual terms, whistleblower claims, restrictive covenants, employment related shareholder/boardroom disputes, breach of contract, and dismissals and the widest range of discrimination disputes. William is always focused on a pragmatic resolution of disputes.

William sits as an international judge (Chair of the Administrative Review Committee for the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development since July 2016. This committee reviews and adjudicates upon disputes across the 56 countries in which EBRD works, applying International Administrative law).

Examples of recent work

  • Advising the global chief executive of an international investment bank on the terms of his departure
  • Advising on team moves in the City, focusing on the restrictive covenants and deferred remuneration
  • Advising on a boardroom disputes and associated shareholder issues arising from the removal of directors, and the forfeiture of a shareholding
  • Regularly advising individuals on post-termination restrictions and negotiating departures, arrivals and team moves
  • Advice on FCA regulatory matters concerning the termination of senior staff
  • Advising a significant number of FE colleges across the country on restructures, redundancies and other ways of achieving efficiencies
  • Successfully pursuing substantial whistle-blowing litigation on behalf of several claimants
  • Successfully defending a commercial employer in respect of claims of unfair dismissal, breach of contract and sex discrimination
  • Advising a professional services firm on the enforcement of restrictive covenants, and the misuse of client information
  • Advising members of an LLP on the terms of their agreement and negotiating their departure

Qualifications and career

  • BSc (Hons) Law, 1983
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 1986
  • Partner at Bates Wells Braithwaite, 1991
  • Head of Department 1987-2017
  • Frequent lecturer at national conferences on employment law
  • Chair Administrative Review Committee EBRD 2016-

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • Non-Executive Director, Centor Insurance & Risk Management Limited
  • Chair of UKSA (youth development sailing charity Cowes Isle of Wight) and trustee of FareShare (food distribution)
  • Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal Cruising Club, Seaview Yacht Club

Employment knowhow from William Garnett