The Uber case has hit the headlines because of the high profile name involved, but it is also a timely reminder to employers that they must take care when attempting…Read More
Ravinder Mahal's Service Teams
- Corporate and Commercial
- Employment - International
- Employment Law Litigation
- Senior Executives
Ravinder Mahal specialises in cross-border employment law. He is praised for his 'straightforward and clear advice' and his talent for 'keeping clients in the loop.' He recently acted for Convergys on the sale of its HR division to Northgate Arinso. Chambers UK 2012
Ravinder is an employment law specialist at Wedlake Bell. He has a particular expertise in managing and advising on cross-border/international employment law advice on behalf of well known stock market listed International corporations.
Ravinder and his team have developed a knowledge and understanding of the labour laws in over 40 major business jurisdictions. He is a director and now provides cross-border/international labour law and labour law related advice and project management for Wedlake Bell's subsidiary, iGlobal Law.
Ravinder Mahal is also the Head of the firm’s Retail Group and has a particular expertise in advising clients in the Retail industry. He has advised retailers on many areas of their business including cash, stock and safe deposit theft, employee issues with customers, issues around employee concessions and withdrawal of store approval, employee commission/bonus schemes, temporary closure of offices for refurbishment, religion or belief discrimination on areas such as dress code, hours/days of work, holiday and practising religion in the workplace, family friendly policies and issues,; particularly flexible working requests, casual/seasonal and temp workers, staff mobility/store relocation issues and providing cross border legal advice.
He recently advised Jaeger and Aquascutum on the opening of new stores in Italy, France and Spain. Ravinder also runs the Wedlake Bell Retail Forum, which is a discussion-based forum on the latest trends in retailing, attended by leading retail HR professionals from organisations such as John Lewis, Borders, Clinton Cards, Prada, Faith Footwear, Jaeger, House of Fraser, Howdens etc.
- He regularly advises clients on all aspects of multi-jurisdictional employment law matters, in particular;
- Corporate transactional support - managing employment law advice on global M&A transactions and flotations;
- International outsourcing transactions;
- Harmonisation of employment documentation, in particular across Europe, the Middle East and Asia ;
- Corporate Governance and Ethics, in particular whistleblowing and ethics reporting line issues;
- Cross Border Data protection issues;
- Managing local employment law advice in over 40 jurisdictions;
- Applicable law and cross border jurisdiction issues;
- Corporate Policy reviews such as Codes of Conduct, Business Protection (Confidentiality, Intellectual Property and Restrictive Covenants), Mobility, International Assignments; and
- Managing local Works Council issues and advice in jurisdictions such France and Germany.
Ravinder qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and joined Wedlake Bell in June 2004.
As well as managing international employment law advice, he has a depth of experience in all contentious and non-contentious UK employment law matters. He has handled cases in the tribunals, Employment Appeal Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal. He provides TUPE advice on corporate transactions, AIM flotations and outsourcing contracts, as well as advising on all aspects of day-to-day employment issues for employers and employees. He has dealt with high-level director/senior employee terminations, advised on discrimination issues and protecting business interests, such as confidentiality and restrictive covenants.
Some examples of work include acting in relation to the ITV Digital litigation; Cantor Fitzgerald-v- A Pugh 2002 (reported Court of Appeal case); acting for Nortel Networks on its outsourcing agreements; acting for Wolfson Microelectronics Plc on its UK and Asian operations; advising British Petroleum on the outsourcing of its IT function; acting for Convergys Corporation on all global employment law matters; managing cross border projects such as policy reviews and harmonisation of employment documentation (contracts and handbooks) across Europe, the Middle East and Africa for a global IT/Outsourcing company.
Ravinder is the General Editor of Tolley's Employment Law, one of the main employment law publications for legal practitioners. He also writes the Contracts of Employment and Discrimination: General Principles Chapters of this publication. He has sat on the Lexis Nexis Panel to review specific publications such as Harvey's Special Bulletin series. He is recognised as an expert in employment law in the Legal Experts Directory and a Member of the Employment Lawyers Association.
Articles & Comment
17 Nov, 2016 | Ravinder Mahal
26 Nov, 2015 | Ravinder Mahal
In Monmouthsire County Council v Harris the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) confirmed that in cases of long-term sickness, where an employee's sick leave may have…Read More
31 Jul, 2015 | Ravinder Mahal
It is now well established that whilst employees are on sick leave (particularly those on long term sick leave), there is no requirement for them to take holiday…Read More
30 Oct, 2014 | Ravinder Mahal
The case of Playboy Club London Ltd v Banca Nazionale del Lavoro SPA is a reminder to all employers about dangers of being careless or negligent with references.…Read More
30 Jun, 2014 | Ravinder Mahal
There has always been some uncertainty on the part of employers as to whether they are required to make reasonable adjustments on behalf of a non-disabled employee…Read More