Daniel Naftalin Partner, Head of Employment

Contact Information

+44 20 3321 7242

Personal Profile

Daniel is a Partner and Head of the Employment department. He works for corporates, LLPs and senior executives in contentious and non-contentious matters that range from High Court and Employment Tribunal litigation to advice on recruitment, termination, discrimination and competition issues. He has litigated many landmark cases and he is an expert on restrictive covenant enforcement, team moves, discrimination, whistleblowing and employee reorganisation and restructuring.

While he works across a spectrum of industries, Daniel has made a particular name for himself in financial services, including investment banking, private equity and hedge funds, and recruitment, media and sport. He is also a member of the management of Mishcon de Reya's New York office.

Daniel is the subject of exceptional reviews in the key legal directories. He is ranked as a leading individual, and is described as "excellent" in Legal 500 2014 for his work with both employers and senior executives. Chambers & Partners 2015 recommend him for his work with employers, and place him in the highest rank for his work with senior executives, praising his "proactive and personal advice". He is once again one of Spear's Best Employment Lawyers in The Spear's 500 2016 and has been included in Who's Who Legal: Management Labour and Employment 2015. Daniel has also been recognised in Super Lawyers 2015.

Key Experience

  • Dresdner Kleinwort & Commerzbank AG v Attill & Others & Anar & Others [2013] EWCA Civ 394 - Successfully represented 21 ex-Dresdner bankers in a highly publicised three year battle in the High Court relating to €50m in unpaid retention bonuses.
  • Pimlico Plumbers v Mr G Smith – Acted for the company in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in a matter concerning employee and worker status.
  • Pimlico Plumbers v Service Corps [2010] No HC09CO252 – Successfully represented the company in a conspiracy and information theft case.
  • Fish & Others v Dresdner Kleinwort Ltd [2009] IRLR 1035 - Successfully represented the claimants in a landmark City bonus case.
  • Steven Horkulak v Cantor Fitzgerald [2008] IRLR 756 – Successfully acted for the claimants in a landmark constructive dismissal, bullying and City bonus case.
  • Daniel represents many companies, particularly in the financial services and recruitment area, which he has represented in the High Court and at Employment Tribunals in relation to team moves, restrictive covenant issues, discrimination and whistleblowing and to which he provides general advice.
  • Daniel has for many years advised football clubs in relation to their employment law matters.
  • Daniel leads the team acting as the sole employment advisors to Cancer Research UK, advising them on the full spectrum of employment law from day to day HR advisory to Employment Tribunal litigation.
  • Daniel represents a number of FTSE 100 & 250 CEOs and directors, partners in hedge funds, Premiership football managers and players, advising them on their contracts, termination and career issues.

Career History

Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya