Stefan Martin provides practical and strategic advice in relation to any employment issue a business is likely to face, using over 20 years' experience to guide employers through some of their most sensitive employee related challenges.
He concentrates on high-value, high-profile, high-stakes issues which carry a material reputational and/or financial risk, or which involve making sensitive judgment calls. Much of his practice involves an international dynamic, taking the lead on managing and coordinating cross-border projects and issues in multiple jurisdictions for multinational corporations. Clients appreciate his 'unflappable', 'calm and highly astute' manner in what are often highly pressurized situations.
Described as a 'shining in both the contentious and transactional arenas', Stefan handles an extensive array of matters, acting for a longstanding client base focused on financials and well known corporates. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Stefan was instrumental in building the top tier employment practice of another international law firm.
Stefan represents respondents in complex Employment Tribunal cases and in relation to High Court claims which often include allegations of whistle-blowing and discrimination or which may involve advising on the enforcement of restrictive covenants. He has handled a number of high-profile cases at first instance and at appellate level. He also has a great deal of experience advising clients on board level and senior executive issues.
Stefan's transactional practice spans mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and restructurings and he has particular knowledge advising on the employment aspects of outsourcing deals, often on an international basis.
He is a natural communicator, able to explain how complex legal theory relates to a given audience in a commercial and practical way.
Areas of Focus
Defending a global bank against high value claims of race discrimination.
Advising a computer chip manufacturer in relation to the closure of its UK manufacturing facility.
Acting for an international chemical company in relation to the closure of a UK manufacturing plant.
Advising a global investment bank in relation to the collection and use of diversity information in 67 jurisdictions.
Advising a major airline on allegations of sex and disability discrimination.
Advising a global investment bank in relation to the drafting of its bonus deferral schemes.
Acting for the CEO of a major quoted property company in relation to his service agreement with the company.
Advising a major FMCG company in relation to the structuring of its board, including the replacement of its CEO.
Advising a global investment bank in relation to the introduction of fixed pay allowances to minimise the application of the 'bonus cap'.
Acting for the ex-CEO of a major quoted mining company in relation to his future relationship with the company.