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Employment, Pensions and Incentives

Delivering commercial results, consistently for our clients


Employers are confronted daily with a range of employment, incentive and pensions/superannuation issues - including the war for talent, large pension deficits and superannuation reform. For employers who operate across borders, these issues become even more complex and challenging.

We help our clients with their most challenging contentious, transactional and advisory matters across the globe combining cutting-edge technical expertise with genuine local knowledge and regional sensitivity.

Working with multinational corporations, leading national businesses, financial institutions, public sector bodies and pension/superannuation trustees we provide advice across employment and employment litigation, industrial relations, pensions and pensions litigation, remuneration and incentives, superannuation and workplace health and safety.

We routinely deploy novel, multi-disciplinary strategic analysis to achieve our client's objectives and work with our clients, industry bodies and government organisations to shape the direction and content of future legislation.

Our team includes almost 200 lawyers across offices in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the US. 

EMPLOYMENT NOTES - Find the latest developments in international employment legislation, regulation and litigation

PENSIONS NOTES - Find the latest developments in international pensions legislation, regulation and litigation

INCENTIVES NOTES - Find the latest developments in international remuneration and incentives legislation, regulation and developments

Recent Experience

A global bank

Advising on the defence of a high value discrimination claim against the bank by a senior employee

A global energy client

Advising on gender diversity goals in Australia, the UK, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Japan, Indonesia and India. We also advised the same client on a major WHS event involving a fatality at one of its mines. We assisted with the subsequent regulatory and trade union investigations

A multinational manufacturer

Advising on complex multi-jurisdictional restructurings involving employee transfers. This included advice across Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and Taiwan

Wesfarmers Limited

Advising on the employment, pensions and incentive aspects of its £340 million acquisition of Homebase from UK-listed Home Retail Group 

CBRE Group

Advising on employment, pensions and incentive advice involving 20 jurisdictions across EMEA, the Americas, Asia and Australia


Advising on the employment, pensions and the share plan aspects on its agreement to sell O2 to Hutchison Whampoa, parent company of UK telecom operator Three, for an initial amount of £9.25 billion and an additional deferred payment of £1 billion

Insights and updates

3rd January 2023
The new system shifts the burden of responsibility on medical certificates from staff to employers
20th December 2022
Whistleblowers will be able to draw attention to violations of laws and regulations in companies...
30th November 2022
On 28 November 2022, the landmark Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work)...
30th September 2022
On 28 September 2022, the Australian Labor Party introduced the National Anti-Corruption Commission Bill 2022...

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