Employment Law Specialists

We are a top ranked specialist employment law firm based in the City of London
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Welcome to BDBF

We are an independent firm of specialist employment lawyers. Collectively, we possess decades of real-world experience in resolving the toughest workplace disputes at the most senior level. We represent:

• Senior executive employees
• Partners
• Small business owners
• Limited liability partnerships

How we can help you

Our expertise affords us the confidence to make important judgment calls at the right time, that can transform a difficult legal situation into a success.

Adding to the equation our considerable experience in litigation and advisory work means we can deliver complete practical commercial solutions to our clients. From a legal standpoint, every industry is different.

Our insight gained through experience allows us to add value in the markets our clients operate; highlighting the industry-specific risks and helping clients identify their goals in context. We help our clients achieve not only a good result, but also the best possible result for them.

BDBF has a high success rate in litigation. As a result, clients regularly ask us to act against large employers, including the NHS, and banks such as Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Standard Chartered and Credit Suisse.

Our employment lawyers work in the financial and professional service sectors underpins our reputation. We also have extensive experience in representing clients in technology and healthcare.

At every step of the way, your knowledge and application of employment law, strategy and tactics unsettled, outsmarted and attacked the counsel representing the bank.

MD, Investment Bank

BDBF provide prompt, clear advice and have provided our business with extremely helpful guidance in steering through complex scenarios with sensitivity and commercial awareness.

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How we help employers

Given our focus and deep specialism in employment law, it is most likely that our employment lawyers will have come across a situation like yours before and will know what to do.  We have specialist expertise in representing employers in financial services, insurance, professional services and technology; all of which are people-focused businesses.

All law firms will tell you that they invest in building client relationships and delivering great service.  We think actions speak louder than words

BDBF was founded because we thought that we could offer our clients more by doing things differently (we were right).  We incentivise every single employee in our firm to deliver to our clients.  We set our lawyers much lower billable hours targets than our competitors, so we have time to learn about our clients and how they like to work.  This also means that we are responsive, engaged, and able to focus on your matter.

The bottom line is that we run our business with the same care and attention as our clients do.  This means we understand the complexities of managing employer/employee relationships and the importance of maintaining productivity and morale in difficult situations.  In addition, we are committed to a robust standard of ethics and provide legal advice and representation to the highest level of honesty, transparency, and integrity.

We provide expert advice and representation on matters concerning:

  • Employment contracts and director’s service agreements
  • Grievances
  • Dismissals
  • Investigations
  • Equality Act 2010 matters
  • Settlement Agreements
  • Redundancy
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Protecting Confidential Information
  • TUPE
  • Partnerships and LLPs
  • Whistleblowing

By instructing us, you can expect a level of quality, intelligence, and commercial insight unmatched by any other London employment law firm.

Employment Law News

New guidance for employers on implementing hybrid working

As the Government’s work from home guidance is lifted, Acas has published new guidance for employers on how to implement permanent hybrid working practices. In this briefing, we explain the key points for employers to note.

Imposition of Saturday working requirement on a single mother was sex discrimination

In Keating v WH Smith Retail Holdings Ltd an Employment Tribunal ruled that a female employee was indirectly discriminated against on the grounds of sex when her employer sought to impose Saturday working on her.

Employee stranded overseas at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic was unfairly dismissed

In the recent case of Montanaro v Lansafe Limited, an Employment Tribunal held that an employer unfairly dismissed an employee who was on annual leave in Italy when the first lockdown was announced and was unable to return to the UK.