Elizabeth Wake

Managing Associate


T +44 20 7825 4265

General Experience

Liz advises a wide variety of clients on a range of employment law issues, both contentious and non contentious. From a non contentious perspective, Liz regularly advises clients in respect of the drafting of employment documentation (including detailed bonus wording and restrictive covenants for senior executives), the handling of negotiated exits, redundancies (individual and collective), grievances and disciplinary processes and the drafting of relevant employment provisions in the context of business sales, acquisitions and outsourcings.

Contentious experience includes advising clients in respect of Employment Tribunal claims, including claims for unfair dismissal, sex and race discrimination, equal pay and whistleblowing, and in respect of High Court Litigation including a claim for breach of contract (bonus) and potential actions arising out of breach of contract and misuse of confidential information by former employees of a UK multi national client.

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Recent Work
  • advising on all matters of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious, most recently including advising in relation to a collective consultation redundancy exercise and successfully defending a subsequent unfair dismissal claim
  • advising various investment banks and financial institutions on both contentious and non contentious employment issues including advising in respect of High Court bonus dispute claims and unfair dismissal, sex and disability discrimination claims in the Employment Tribunal
  • advising a major multi national corporation on a cross border termination of a senior executive
  • advising and coordinating advice from 21 jurisdictions in relation to data protection obligations for a large US multi national client
  • advising a US private equity house on the cross-juridictional employment aspects of a proposed business acquisition.

Liz joined Simmons & Simmons as a trainee solicitor in September 2001 after having read European Law at the University of Warwick. Liz qualified into the Employment Department in September 2003. As a trainee, Liz spent six months on secondment to the Paris office of Simmons & Simmons and, since qualifying, she spent three months on secondment to the Employment Legal team of a major US financial institution.