Michael Burd

United Kingdom

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5 Chancery Lane
Clifford's Inn
London, EC4A 1BL

Tel: +44 (0)20 7074 8176
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7864 1200

Email: michael.burd@lewissilkin.com
Web: www.lewissilkin.com

I have nearly 25 years’ experience of advising on all aspects of my field. My clients come from a range of industry sectors including finance, professional services and marketing services, to name a few. I represent a significant number of law firms.

Recent examples of my work include: defending a multi-million pound discrimination claim brought by a former senior executive against an international professional services company; assisting a listed-company in resolving an acrimonious dispute with its departing CEO; and advising a large communications company on the poaching of a team from a major competitor – successfully avoiding injunctions.

My practice is highly international and I sit on the Executive Committee of Ius Laboris, the global alliance of human resources law firms of which we are UK member. This work could be advising an international client on a multi-jurisdictional restructuring or co-ordinating a cross-border HR project. I am regularly asked to speak on employment issues at international conferences and events.

The Legal 500 directory recommends me for my “exceptional wisdom, negotiating skills, and ability to give difficult advice very clearly”, which is rather flattering but is certainly what I aim for! In 2014 I am also ranked in the Top 100 of the London Super Lawyers listing.

Lewis Silkin is one of the leading employment law practices both domestically and internationally. Our team is amongst the largest in the UK with 23 employment partners and around 80 employment lawyers. Consistently top ranked by independent legal directories, we have more recognised experts in employment than any other UK firm.

Our clients range across many sectors including technology, financial services, manufacturing, retail, media, advertising and professional services. We are held in high regard by the legal sector – for example around one third of top 25 law firms use us to assist with their internal issues. Our practice predominantly involves us advising employers – many of whom are amongst the World’s biggest multinationals – but we also advise small businesses, other organisations and individuals.

Internationally, the practice is unmatched by any UK firm. We are the UK member of Ius Laboris – a thriving and seamless way of accessing top flight employment advice around the globe. Some of our lawyers also specialise as international project managers – and they deal daily with their counterparts in our sister Ius Laboris firms on all kinds of international projects. Ius Laboris recently won The Lawyer’s European Network of the Year and is the largest group of independent and specialist lawyers ever brought together in employment law.

You will be provided with a top level, pragmatic, and cost effective service in the UK and around the world. Our experience ensures that we provide unmatched strategic and commercial advice – whatever your needs.

“Michael Burd is joint head of the department. One impressed source refers to him as “the doyen of employment law,” whilst another calls him “very impressive, pragmatic and sensible because he uses good commercial knowledge and he challenges our thinking in a tactful way.””
Chambers & Partners, 2015