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Sofia Syed

Senior Associate

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+44 (0)1932 590581

Email: 

sofia.syed@mundays.co.uk

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www.linkedin.com/in/sofiasyed

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Sofia is an experienced employment lawyer with a commercial background having previously worked at DLA Piper in London. She advises on all aspects of employment law, providing clear and concise legal advice as well as practical, commercial solutions to complex legal issues.

Sofia advises on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious matters. She has particular expertise and interest in working with High Net Worth clients and Family Offices; providing strategic advice to the households on the recruitment, management and termination of household staff. Sofia’s experience, knowledge and contacts in this area mean she is often a valuable member of the senior advisory team to such households.

Sofia’s general employment work includes providing strategic advice to board members in relation to company restructuring including advice on shareholder/director disputes and mediation. Her work ranges from preventing employment claims by ensuring the correct documentation is in place, through to advising on employee management (disciplinary, grievances, sickness management) as well as advising on termination (re-structuring, dismissal, redundancy procedures, handling tribunal claims) or negotiating settlements agreements and packages.

In addition to working closely with corporate team members on wider corporate transactions and family offices, Sofia has experience in advising employers operating in a variety of business sectors, including healthcare and technology.

Sofia has extensive experience in developing and delivering employment law seminars on a wide range of issues including including Data Protection, Modern Slavery, Stress Management and employment law updates. She is regularly invited as a guest speaker to CIPD and ACCA events as well as lead speaker/presenter at internal seminars or as a founding member of the Woking Diamond HR Forum. Sofia’s articles and contributions are often published in national or specialist media.

Education

LLB (Hons) University of Southampton
Legal Practice Course, The College of Law, London


Professional Associations

Member of Employment Lawyers Association
Affiliate Member of the Chartered Institute Personnel & Development
The Law Society


Recent Experience

  • Advising family offices and estate managers on recruitment, retention and termination of household staff and all manner of employment and confidentiality matters. Also providing guidance and relevant contacts to assist clients in the conduct of their personal or corporate affairs.
  • Drafting bespoke contracts for butlers, nannies, chauffeurs, housemen, security and valets, incorporating terms tailored to suit the individual families, often including appropriate non-disclosure and protection clauses. Understanding the specific needs and requirements of such clients and providing them with solutions to enable them to achieve the necessary staffing requirements. Advice in this area requires specialist knowledge of the Working Time Regulations and innovative ways of achieving solutions within those statutory guidelines.
  • Advising a group company on the strategic closure of an office and termination of a senior executive. Providing tactical and detailed guidance on a wide variety of related issues including, shareholder and directors’ dispute, dealing with complex corporate and employment tax issues, liaising closely with external tax advisers and corporate and litigation colleagues as appropriate. Successfully leading negotiations and concluding the matter through mediation, settlement and a share buy-back.
  • Acting as a trusted adviser to clients who are seeking other professional advisers, such as accountants and tax specialists. Working with clients to instruct the most appropriate advisers suited to their needs.
  • Advising a client on the implications of recent mobile workers legislation and drafting appropriate clauses in contracts of employment.
  • Advising a large international client on damage limitation after a manager prematurely terminated an employment contract without due procedure. Advice gained prevented the likelihood of a successful claim being brought.
  • Providing a road map and guidance to a client managing long term sickness absence where employee had been off sick for over one year costing the client company substantially in terms of management and associated benefits.
  • Advising a client on the employment aspects of corporate restructuring to achieve the desired strategic long term solution for the organisation. Providing appropriate advice and guidance on levels of redundancy consultation required where affected employee is pregnant and/or on maternity leave.
  • Acting for a number of high level executives, providing appropriate advice to enable employees to exit route with substantial termination packages, this can often be related to their shareholdings or directorships, both of which require more tactical and strategic advice.
  • Advised client on the management of their poor performing employee, providing guidance on termination and appeal. Thereafter, management and defense of subsequent employment tribunal claim. Advised on data subject access request and various data protection issues which included correspondence and successfully dealing with requests from the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Articles by Sofia Syed

Robot Rights
Moving on up
Warning: Can You Use It When It’s Out of Date?
Cases to Look Out for in 2017
 
Uber happy cabbies...

Have I got News for you...
Paying for more than the job’s worth...

It’s Getting HOT! HOT! HOT!

How Protected is your 'Protected Conversation'?

What to expect when you are Brexiting

Taking a hard line on “pulling a sickie”

You're Hired
!
It’s No April Fool's Update

Confidence in your Confidentiality Policy?

‘Vanilla’ reference or tell it like it is…?

“To disclose or not to disclose – that is the key question”... 

Is it Really Personal? How to protect your business when receiving a 'request'
Cleaning up the Foreign Office, with a Living Wage....?
I Don’t Know What You Did This Summer....

There goes the incentive to terminate…?

Have you 'Got the Look'? 
It's Hot in the City...! 
Daddy day care... a new reality?
Restructuring: Maternity leavers always come top!
Beware of the Big Bad BYOD...
Daddy Daycare?...(and other titbits) 
Dressed to impress...?      
Do I have a bee in my bonnet......
Woman sacked for having tattoo on foot
Employment News - Flexible Working
Employment News...further afield
Waiter refuses to serve alcohol
Fees, Damned Fees & Statistics
Early Conciliation 
Is it payback time ...?
Why did the Knicker Queen give up her throne?
Shared Parental Leave - how will it impact you
Employment lawyer, Sofia Syed discusses how employers can avoid the pitfalls of age discrimination
Employment solicitor Sofia Syed discusses the new employee shareholder scheme


 

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What others say about Sofia


“Whenever we are in need, even concerning our most delicate and complicated matters, Sofia Syed is readily available with punctual and precise professional counsel, expressed in the clearest of ways, whether by email, telephone, or in person. As Sofia has an outstanding propensity to work efficiently, in synergy, and towards our best interests, we have come to consider her and Mundays LLP essential and trusted members of our team. We are confident in an enduring and growing professional relationship in our current and future endeavors!”

Ing. Mario Galleri, MAII INTERIORS 


Sofia Syed is a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500 UK 2016.

The Legal 500 UK 2016


"On the occassions when I need professional advice it is often short notice and high priority.  A recent matter concerned with restrictive employment covenants, saw some calm and objective guidance from Sofia Syed at Mundays, when she identified a route map to overcoming the challenge.  For me this was timely, calm, effective and successful! Job done."

Ian Davies, Director Grosvenor Billinghurst


“Sofia is really easy to work with and an extremely clear communicator whether that is in writing, on the phone or on her feet delivering a legal update seminar. I know I can trust her advice as a commercially aware lawyer but I also believe she is a talented legal/HR trainer.“

Karen Hockaday , Human Resources Director, EMEA at Kingston Technology Europe Ltd

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