Alistair French has practised employment law for more than ten years. He trained and qualified at a Magic Circle firm. This background gives him insight into corporate and finance City work, which complements his expertise in employment litigation, advisory and transactional work.
He advises on the full spectrum of employment matters, including bonus and contractual disputes: maternity and paternity issues; discrimination and harassment; whistleblowing; restrictive covenants; disciplinary and grievance procedures. Non-contentious issues – for example, advising on service agreements or remuneration terms, are also familiar territory for him.
Alistair acts for senior executives in financial services and corporates, as well as employees drawn from a variety of non-City businesses. He has successfully represented individuals against financial institutions (hedge funds and banks), professional practices and owner-managed businesses. More often than not, his work results in confidential settlements – avoiding the potential stigma of litigation and enabling his clients to exit with dignity and maximum compensation. When a court battle is the right way forward he is a strong-willed and calculating opponent.
He also has particular interest in advising entrepreneur-run businesses on all aspects of workplace issues: all species of disputes and drafting contracts and policies.
The most recent edition of Legal 500 describes Alistair as “outstanding” and he was named as a Super Lawyer “rising star” in 2015 (a peer review accolade). He is individually ranked in the 2018 Chambers directory, as “Band 2”, which records that, “He knows his subject area extremely well and supports this by providing well thought through advice and measured arguments”.
Alistair is happily married and has two sons. Chess, squash and running are a big part of his life and he is a fan and emulator of all types of music from Frankie Knuckles to Frank Ocean.