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Emily Knight, Associate, Employment

Emily Knight

Of Counsel

Personal Profile

Emily Knight is Of Counsel in the Employment department, advising both employers and senior executives on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law.

Emily provides day-to-day HR assistance to corporate clients on redundancies, internal investigations and workplace disputes, as well as defending claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing.

Emily specialises in steering senior executives through high value negotiated exits, investigations involving sexual harassment and discrimination allegations and matters concerning restrictive covenants and team moves.

In addition to Emily's advisory work, she is experienced in managing complex litigation, both in the High Court and Employment Tribunal.

Emily advises clients across a number of business sectors including financial services, private equity, insurance, real estate, fashion and retail.

Emily is a member of the Firm's Investigations Group and mentors luxury brands as part of the Firm's Walpole 'Brands of Tomorrow' initiative.

Emily is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Emily was named as a Rising Star (Employers) in the Legal 500 2021 and 2022.

Key Experience

  • Acting for Sunningdale Golf Club against a high-profile breach of contract claim, involving issues of contractual discretion and natural justice.

  • Acting for a senior broker, defending a high-value restrictive covenant/team move case in the High Court, including injunction proceedings.

  • Advising an engineering company on a sensitive redundancy exercise involving its senior management team.

  • Assisting a multinational corporation on restructuring programmes across Europe.

  • Providing regular ad-hoc employment advice to one of the major luxury goods and fashion groups.

  • Acting for a high profile individual on his exit as CEO from a listed company to join a competitor.
  • Advising a number of senior executives in relation to internal investigations and disciplinaries involving allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination.

Career History

Of Counsel, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, Clyde & Co LLP
Trainee, Clyde & Co LLP (qualified September 2013)
MA (Cantab) English Literature, Cambridge

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