Anna Robinson


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Summary Open

Anna is a Partner in the Employment group and co-heads the team.

Anna’s practice includes a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters. She regularly prepares policies and procedures, assists senior executives, advises in relation to disciplinary/grievance processes, manages tribunal claims and assists in connection with matters of a contractual nature.  In addition, Anna has extensive immigration expertise and regularly conducts mock UKVI audits at client sites. More recently, Anna has lectured for King’s College University.

Experience Open

    Anna’s experience includes:
    • Advising an online betting business with the closure of their entire call centre operation, which involved relocating operations from being home to office based. This involved collective redundancy in the UK. In addition, this also required the relocation of call centre staff based in Spain, the Netherlands and Gibraltar and resulted in the execution of severance terms.
    • Advising a respondent auctioneer company in relation to an unfair dismissal, breach of contract, race and sex discrimination claim and counterclaim.
    • Acting on behalf of an individual claimant in relation to a large sex discrimination and equal pay claim against a global utility provider.
    • Advising a transportation company in relation to a major reassignment of its business headquarters from the UK to Switzerland and, at the same time, relocating other parts of their finance and technical operations to the Philippines and Brazil. The nature of the relocation also necessitated early disclosures to the bank without compromising its collective consultation obligations in the UK.
    • Acting on behalf of a major insurance company in relation to Judicial Mediation proceedings, arising from the refusal of a flexible working request and an indirect sex discrimination claim in the Employment Tribunal.
    • Advising senior employees of major investment banks in relation to discretionary bonus awards.
    • Defending a major shipping company in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, against whistleblowing and breach of contract claims brought against its former Strategy Director.
    • Advising a range of clients in relation to the points-based immigration system, including Tiers 2 and 5, and complex settlement and naturalisation applications.

Education Open

  • 2002-2003: University of Sheffield Legal Practice Course
  • 1999-2003: University of Sheffield LLB Law

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Legal 500 UK 2018 – Recommended for Human Resources: Immigration
  • Legal 500 UK 2017 – Recommended for Human Resources: Immigration
  • Regular public speaker, including a contributor to CPDCast and MBL seminars.
  • Lecturing at King’s College University.
  • Chambers & Partners – Associates to Watch 2013
  • Chambers & Partners – Associates to Watch 2012
  • Chambers & Partners – Associates to Watch 2011

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • Employment Lawyers’ Association
  • Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association

Employment Record Open

  • 2019 – present: Partner, Watson Farley & Williams
  • 2006 – 2019: Senior Associate, Watson Farley & Williams
  • 2004 – 2006: Trainee, Watson Farley & Williams

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