National business law firm DWF has bolstered its employment offer in the North East with the appointment of senior associate, Stephen Cairns. Stephen joins DWF from Eversheds, where he also held the role of senior associate.
Stephen has expertise in handling high profile employment law cases, including advising public and private sector employers on high level HR issues as well as tribunal claims. He specialises in supporting employers with business restructuring through strategic consultation and mapping exercises to manage large scale redundancies, cross border TUPE transfers and changes to terms and conditions of employment. Much of this work has involved advice to businesses on international employment laws.
Stephen has considerable experience in reputation management and has successfully worked with companies facing media scrutiny due to commercially sensitive HR issues, including challenging disciplinary and grievance matters, exit management of senior executives and the dismissal of Premier League football management and coaching staff.
Mark Hammerton, national head of employment at DWF, said: “Stephen’s credentials in high profile, contentious and challenging employment cases will strengthen the firm’s offer in the North East, as well as broadening the capability of the firm’s existing 60-strong national employment team. Stephen is highly commercial and driven by operational excellence, ensuring he will play a key role in further supporting our clients. His appointment also forms an integral aspect of a wider investment programme across the region, in which DWF is enhancing its client offering through investing in people and technology, as well as a newly refurbished client suite, which is expected to be completed in July 2014.”
Stephen added: “DWF is rapidly cementing its position as a leading player and the household names across our client roster is testament to the talent within the firm. Working within DWF’s Global Labour Law Unit will enable me to continue to develop my experience of European employment law and I’m looking forward to using this role, and DWF’s expertise, as a platform from which I can further support our clients whom have a variety of legal requirements both in the UK and internationally.”