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Partner, Solicitor

Philip Henson – Employment Lawyer

Employment | International
Chinese desk | North America desk
M: +44 (0)7824 305 319

Known as one of the go to employment lawyers in London Philip loves finding creative solutions to complex legal problems.

As the head of employment team Philip advises employers – from SME’s to global listed corporations, state owned entities and embassies – on a full range of employment related issues. He is often instructed on complex and high-value boardroom disputes, discrimination and whistleblowing claims and sensitive investigations.

Philip also represents senior executives, from advising on their contractual terms and obligations when they are starting new roles, to negotiating high value severance packages – ensuring that the overall value of any negotiated package is maximized. He is a firm believer in work place equality and Philip works with talented women in high-value and complex discrimination, harassment and whistleblowing claims.

Philip is the President of the Westminster and Holborn Law Society, a Council Member of the Law Society of England and Wales (representing employment lawyers in England and Wales), and the Chair of the Editorial Board of City Solicitor magazine.

Philip is the head of both our North America desk and our China desk. Philip and our team provide advice to investors, corporations and state-owned entities and encourages greater investment in the UK. Our team assists clients by working with our associated offices in Europe to help expand their businesses. Philip has spoken at business conferences in China (Beijing, Hangzhou, and Shanghai) focusing on UK bound investment.

Philip has appeared as an employment law expert on BBC News; Sky News; ITN and BBC Radio; lectured for CIPD; and published legal articles/columns for the national, HR and trade press. He is also a Liveryman and Freeman of the City of London.

Philip builds strong relationships with clients, many of whom he has represented for over 15 years. You can connect with him on LinkedIn and view his client and peer recommendations and endorsements.

Film making is another passion. He was an executive producer of the short film Anonymous, which was in the official selection of the Austin Film Festival, and the Gifted Hypothesis. He has written several short film scripts and children’s books which are in various stages of development.

Professional qualifications

  • Harvard Law School Negotiation and Leadership Course
  • Regent’s University London – Accredited Mediation Course
  • Nottingham Law School (LPC)
  • The University Of Leicester (LL.B Hons)

Recent work

  • Negotiating a High Value Settlement package for the Global Head of HR of a multinational business.
  • Working with a Fin Tech client in developing the HR procedures.
  • Defending an employment tribunal claim for a multinational construction company.

Previous employment

  • Bargate Murray

Professional memberships

  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • The City of London Law Society (Liveryman)
  • The Westminster and Holborn Law Society
  • The Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
  • Fellow of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)
  • The Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce


  • English

Industry sectors

  • Financial Services
  • Creative, Technology, Media and Film
  • Professional Services