Laura Penny Managing Associate

Contact Information

+44 20 3321 7261

Personal Profile

Laura is a Managing Associate in the Firm's Employment Department.

As well as advising on a full range of employment law matters, Laura specialises in advice to senior individuals in the financial sector, particularly in relation to investigatory and disciplinary matters involving compliance and FCA regulatory issues.

Laura has extensive experience in advising on complex and high-value matters for corporate clients and senior individuals (employees, directors, senior executives and partners). Her day-to-day work includes advising on both contentious and non-contentious aspects of employment law. This includes contractual negotiations, director and shareholder issues, HR advisory, terminations, disciplinaries, grievances, regulatory investigations, FCA senior managers regime, settlement agreements, redundancy and restructuring, discrimination, bullying and harassment, whistleblowing, transactional support and TUPE, bonuses, garden leave and restrictive covenants. She advises on litigation in both the Employment Tribunal and High Court.

Laura has long standing relationships with several corporate clients providing a full range of employment advice from day-to-day queries and HR matters to litigation. These clients include a major global luxury goods and fashion group and a leading software solutions company.

Key Experience

  • Advising numerous individuals in the finance sector on complex matters involving FCA and compliance issues.
  • Advising the Intertain Group Limited in relation to the acquisition of the Jackpotjoy brands and business partnership with Gamesys Limited.
  • Acting for a group of senior City bankers in a successful challenge to the non-payment of multi-million pound guaranteed bonuses and severance payments by Dresdner Kleinwort Limited. The cases were won at summary judgment.
  • Acting for an individual claimant in a high profile race discrimination claim in the Employment Tribunal against Dresdner Bank.
  • Advising Staffing 360 Solutions (UK) Limited, a subsidiary of Staffing 360 Solutions, Inc., on the acquisition of the business and assets of Poolia UK Limited as part of Staffing 360 Solutions' acquisition strategy, adding to its existing capability and operations in Europe.
  • Acting for the shareholders of Initio International Holdings Limited ("Initio") on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Initio. Initio was purchased by US listed company Staffing 360 Solutions Inc. for a consideration in excess of US$15 million.
  • Providing advice to Astaire & Partners Limited, the independent agency stockbroker and bespoke private client discretionary fund manager, on the employment aspects of its £1.67 million sale to investment bank and stockbroker, Blue Oar plc.

Career History

Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, Mishcon de Reya
Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya
Trainee, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP
Exeter University LLB Law

Articles and Publications

In House Lawyer article: "Another day, another complaint" regarding advice to employers in dealing with tactics used by employees

In House Lawyer article: "Secrets and lies" about confidential information theft

Employment Law Journal article: "Draft with care" about the use and drafting of medical questionnaires