External Forces and Trends

Legal Update

  • Digital Event
  • May 8, 2024 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC-1


This digital event will have a predominantly UK focus and provide an overview and assessment of issues arising from the March 2024 Budget. Content will encompass the legal and tax developments that could have an impact on your organisation’s Performance and Reward Strategies and provide an update on the topics discussed in the Look Back / Look Forward event taking place on 17th January.

You can expect the session to cover any changes in UK pension laws and also an update on Pay Transparency, including any legal developments across the EU.

This event is open to all members but participation is most appropriate for those accountable for keeping the member team informed and up to date on legal risk and its potential impact on Performance and Reward strategies, including reporting requirements.

This session will be recorded and made available to members as a digital resource.

Paul Fontes

Partner at Eversheds Sutherlands Employment, Labour and Pensions Group

Paul is a partner in Eversheds Sutherland’s Employment, Labour and Pensions Group and head of the London employment team. Paul advises on the whole range of employment matters with particular experience of advising employers on executive employment matters including incentive arrangements, terms of appointment and severance packages. His clients include a number of the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250.  

He regularly defends some of the UK’s largest employers against high value and commercially sensitive discrimination and whistleblowing claims in the Employment Tribunals as well as acting on claims in the High Court concerning breaches of fiduciary duties, confidentiality and post-termination restrictions. In addition, Paul regularly advises on the employment law aspects of corporate transactions and on multi-jurisdictional employment projects.

Paul’s clients come from a range of sectors including energy, real estate and TMT. He has particular experience in advising clients in the financial services industry. He advises a number of retail and investment banks, asset managers, hedge funds, brokers and other City institutions on issues such as the Senior Managers and Certification Regime and compliance with the regulators’ remuneration codes. He is the editor of The Employment Practitioner’s Guide to Financial Institutions (published by Bloomsbury in 2019), the leading textbook on how the regulatory regime in financial services impacts on the management of HR issues in the sector. Paul has been recognised as a leading individual for many years by Chambers which describes Paul as “very hard to beat and incredibly user friendly” and “an excellent employment lawyer”.

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Elizabeth Graves

Employment Partner, Eversheds Sutherland

Elizabeth is an employment partner in the Human Resources Practice Group at Eversheds Sutherland. She joined in 2011 having worked in the employment, pensions and benefits team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP for over 10 years. Elizabeth co-leads Eversheds Sutherland’s Global International Life Sciences sector team. She is described by Legal 500 as “a leading light in cross-border employment matters … clients describe her as ‘an exceptional lawyer – dependable and commercial with high emotional intelligence and good regulatory insight”. She is also ranked as an Acritas Star Lawyer. Elizabeth acts predominantly for clients in the life sciences, financial services and technology sectors. She is highly experienced in managing the employment aspects of cross-border M&A transactions and in managing day-to-day international employment advice for clients in multiple countries as well as major international projects. Her contentious workload involves the management of complex high-value employment tribunal litigation, often involving discrimination and/or whistle blowing. Elizabeth has also acted in a number of cases involving transfers of undertakings, including a £50m claim for failure to inform and consult. Elizabeth has completed secondments to two financial institutions and to one global media company as VP International Employment law. She is regularly quoted in the press and media and is the co-editor of Bloomsbury’s Financial Services – an Employment Practitioner’s Guide. She is a keen supporter of diversity, acting as a Gender Network Champion for Eversheds Sutherland.

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