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Specialisms:

  • Financial regulatory employment advice
  • Dispute resolution, including Tribunal and High Court proceedings
  • Complex grievances and internal investigations
  • Strategic HR advice
  • Discrimination and family leave
  • Bonus disputes
  • Executive terminations
  • Team moves

Marian Bloodworth

Employment Partner

About:

Marian is a partner in the employment team, advising commercial clients on a range of employment law issues, including general day-to-day advisory work, disciplinary and grievance issues, redundancy and restructuring programmes, diversity and equality matters, senior executive contracts and severance arrangements and team moves.

Marian’s particular expertise is in helping clients in the financial services sector manage their legal risk. She has worked for many years with major international banks, insurers, private equity houses, hedge funds and investment managers. She advises on the employment law implications and challenges of regulatory regime requirements, including the current Approved Persons Regime (APER) and the new Senior Managers regime for banks and insurers (SMCR and SIMR). She also supports the employment aspects of internal and external regulatory investigations including the related disciplinary processes. In particular she has advised on issues arising from whistleblowing allegations and from LIBOR related investigations. She is experienced in managing complex and high value litigation, having conducted a number of multi-strand claims for discrimination and whistleblowing, many of which have involved claims brought by claimants still in employment.

Marian is described in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as ‘an “absolutely excellent” adviser for a range of employment disputes’, and by Legal 500 as “unflappable”.

She has been recognised as a Women In Law 2016 Employment Lawyer, Lawyer Monthly and is a Who's Who Legal Recognised Practitioner for Labour and Employment  2016.

Marian is an active participant in employment and HR associations outside Kemp Little, and is chair of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) Training Committee and a member of ELA's Management Committee. She was a member of the ELA working party commenting on the BIS Select Committee enquiry into women in the workplace. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Women in Banking in Finance, the industry network for women in financial services, co-chair of the City HR Consultation, Legislation and Policy Committee, and also of the City HR taskforce set up to help members manage implementation of the new SMCR and SIMR regimes. She has a particular interest in family leave, diversity and equal opportunities and writes and speaks regularly on these topics.

Before joining the firm in 2015, Marian was a partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner.

Representative work:

  • Advising a major global international bank on a range of employment tribunal claims, including multi-strand and high value claims for discrimination and whistleblowing, and claims arising out of LIBOR regulatory investigations
  • Advising a global brokerage house on an investigation into sensitive whistleblowing allegations and managing the associated tribunal litigation
  • Advising a private equity house on a redundancy process and subsequent tribunal claim for unfair dismissal and discrimination
  • Advising a senior LLP member on his exit from a hedge fund and on managing his garden leave obligations
  • Advising a number of financial services clients on the employment law implications of the new Senior Managers regime
  • Advising a film production company on defending a potentially unlawful team move