Robin B. Jeffcott
Reed Smith LLP
Employment & Labour Law
Partner
Broadgate Tower,
20 Primrose Street
London EC2A 2RS
United Kingdom
Contact
rjeffcott@reedsmith.com
+44 (0)20 3116 3403
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Main Practice Area

Employment & Labour Law

Education
  • University of Hull, LLB
Biography

Robin is the European Vice Chair for Reed Smith's Litigation Department. He was previously the Co-Global Practice Group Leader for Reed Smith's Labor and Employment Group. 

Robin acts for a diverse range of clients, with particular experience in the financial sector acting for investment and High Street banks, investment managers, professional partnerships, trading houses and insurance companies, many with an international presence. 

Robin has many years of experience in managing large projects which are often of an international nature and encompassing complex legal issues and highly sensitive/important business considerations. This ability proved vital during the financial crisis as his key clients have faced large scale, global and group wide issues.

Robin advises on all manner of employment issues, including the handling of disciplinary and grievance procedures, fraud by employees, resolving conflicts in the work place, effecting changes in terms and conditions including place of work, bonus disputes and handling allegations of whistle-blowing and discrimination. He also advises regularly on team moves and Boardroom disputes and on employment law issues in a regulatory context.

Robin has particular expertise in employment litigation representing clients in complex and high value matters before both the Employment Tribunal and the High Court. He has enjoyed notable success in defending discrimination and whistle-blowing claims and acting for employers in enforcing their rights in relation to confidential information, the enforcement of restrictive covenants and “garden leave”, where he has acted in a number of important and high profile cases. A number of these cases have had an international dimension.

Robin is a regular platform speaker at client conferences. He also speaks regularly at Reed Smith client seminars including most recently a round table discussion seminar on Protecting Business Interests in the Global Market Place.

Experience

  • Acted for a major plc in a high profile case to enforce the garden leave provisions of key senior executives
  • Acted for Zurich Global Energy and a named individual in relation to a high profile and substantial Employment Tribunal claim for sex discrimination, victimisation, harrassment, whistle-blowing, breach of contract and constructive unfair dismissal.  The case received substantial coverage in the national media.  Our clients were awarded costs on an indemnity basis
  • Gerrard Limited v. Read: Acted for the employer in this reported case concerning the use of Springboard relief in protecting the employer’s confidential information
  • Acted for a listed public company in obtaining a High Court “door-step” order for delivery-up of confidential information and other company property
  • Defended a substantial whistle-blowing claim brought by a senior employee of an international company

Professional Admissions & Qualifications

  • England and Wales

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member of the European Employment Lawyers Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in the United Kingdom for Employment Law, 2009-2020
Practice Areas
  • Accountants' Liability
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