19 March 2020
Taylor Wessing announces the appointment of Helen Farr as partner in its employment team.
Helen has joined the firm from Fox Williams. Prior to this, Helen spent thirteen years at Pinsent Masons.
She has considerable expertise in a number of areas including financial and professional services, private equity and FinTech. She focuses largely on strategic matters such as workplace discrimination of a sensitive nature, equal pay, team moves, boardroom disputes and employment cases involving financial services regulatory issues.
Executive Board member and Partner, James Goold, said: “Shifts in generational attitudes and diversification of the workforce, coupled with evolving legislation governing such matters, mean that working cultures and employee engagement are increasing focus areas for employers. We support our clients by advising them on how to comply, and set new standards of best practice in the sectors in which they operate. Helen is a highly regarded practitioner in this key field and we look forward to welcoming her to the team next month."
Welcoming Helen to the firm, Managing Partner, Shane Gleghorn, said: “We have a market-leading employment team that is very busy undertaking a number of significant assignments and has become well-known for advising as to how workplaces are best balanced for sustainable working practices. Helen brings with her a wealth of experience that will be indispensable in driving forward this practice".
Helen Farr added: “I am incredibly excited to be joining the firm’s market leading employment team and working with them to help shape the future of such a well-respected practice."
Notes to editors
The announcement of Helen's appointment follows a continued spree of other partner hire investments in 2020. Most recently, the firm also confirmed the appointment of Matthew Swainston to its real estate team from Forsters. This followed news of Adrian Toutoungi, who has also now officially joined the firm's Cambridge office as a patents partner from Eversheds.
A significant number of lateral hires were also made in 2019. Liz Wilson joined the firm's tax team in November and Paolo Palmigiano joined the firm in October as UK Head of Competition and was the sixth UK partner appointment to be announced that month. The firm also announced the appointment of Nick Storrs and to the partnership, following news of Alison Dennis' appointment as International Co-Head of Life Sciences and Healthcare, which was announced in July. Charlotte Hill joined the firm as Head of Financial Services & Competition in April.
International appointments were also announced in the Middle East with Osama Hassan returning to the firm as the new Managing Partner of Taylor Wessing Dubai. Ivo Deskovic joined as a disputes partner in Vienna alongside Peter Solt who joined as a real estate partner, also based in Vienna. Anne Josephus Jitta joined as a partner specialising in arbitration based in the Netherlands, and Barbora Dubanská joined as the firm's Co-Head of Life Sciences in CEE. She is based in Vienna and Prague.