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Partner, Solicitor & Rechtsanwalt (Germany)

Edzard Clifton-Dey

Employment | International
German desk
M: +44 (0)7909 710 742

Edzard is an employment law specialist.

He is dual qualified as Rechtsanwalt in Germany and solicitor in England & Wales. Edzard heads the German Desk at our London office and works closely with our German ebl office locations in Frankfurt and Düsseldorf .

Edzard is bilingual in English and German and acts for many German, Austrian and Swiss multi-nationals with UK operations.  He specialises in providing day-to-day UK employment law advice to employer clients on risk and strategic HR issues relating to their UK workforce, particularly in relation to handling workplace conflicts, exits and restructuring and redundancy exercises. He has a particular expertise in managing multi-jurisdictional workforce restructuring projects and he frequently advises our corporate clients on boardroom disputes, executive recruitments and senior management exits.

Professional qualifications

  • Admission as Solicitor (England & Wales), 2004
  • Master of Laws (LL.M), London School of Economics and Political Science, 2002
  • Bar Exam (2. jur. Staatsexamen), Germany, 1997
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) equivalent (1. jur. Staatsexamen), University of Hanover, Germany, 1994

Recent work

  • Advising German manufacturing client on management succession planning in their UK subsidiary and providing implementation support on the strategy
  • Advising German headquartered corporate on the UK workforce restructuring of a retail business across 17 sites
  • Supporting a world leading multinational Logistics client in respect of a UK Boardroom re-organisation
  • Advising a leading US headquartered multinational network technology company on UK post-acquisition integration matters
  • Advising leading US headquartered publishing house on the reorganisation of their German workforce

Previous employment

  • Eversheds Sutherland LLP (2003 to 2012)
  • German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce (1997 to 2003)

Professional memberships

  • Employment Lawyers Association, ELA
  • Hamburg Bar Association (Hanseatische Rechtsanwaltskammer Hamburg)
  • German-British Chamber of Industry and Commerce


  • German, mother tongue
  • English, fluent


  • Arbeitsrecht in Grossbritannien (Schriftenreihe International, Gesamtmetall – Gesamtverband der Arbeitgeberverbände der Metall- und Elektro-Industrie e.V. – 1.Auflage 2016)
  • Workforce Restructuring in Europe (General Editor and co-author), 1st edition, Bloomsbury Professional, 2015)
  • Employment Law in Europe” (General Editor and co-author), 2nd edition, Bloomsbury Professional, 2009

Industry sectors

  • Retail
  • Logistics
  • IT, Technology & Media
  • Manufacturing