People: Tessa Cranfield, Counsel

Photo of Tessa Cranfield, Counsel

Tessa Cranfield

Counsel

London
Direct: +44 20 7763 2517
0

Tessa Cranfield is counsel in Seyfarth Shaw (UK) LLP London office and a member of the International Labour & Employment Law practice. As an experienced UK and international employment lawyer, she specialises in all aspects of UK and international employment counselling, transactional work including post-acquisition integrations, and international work including restructurings, global contract and policy reviews, single or multi-country investigations, and global mobility.

Tessa provides commercial, solutions-focused advice to clients, and works to understand clients’ broader business goals. She has represented clients from listed companies to start-ups, and in a range of industry sectors.

Tessa Cranfield is counsel in Seyfarth Shaw (UK) LLP London office and a member of the International Labour & Employment Law practice. As an experienced UK and international employment lawyer, she specialises in all aspects of UK and international employment counselling, transactional work including post-acquisition integrations, and international work including restructurings, global contract and policy reviews, single or multi-country investigations, and global mobility.

Tessa provides commercial, solutions-focused advice to clients, and works to understand clients’ broader business goals. She has represented clients from listed companies to start-ups, and in a range of industry sectors.

Education

  • LPC, Nottingham Law School (1998), Distinction and PGDL, Merit

  • B.A., University of Oxford (1996)
    Hons Modern History, First Class

Admissions

  • England and Wales, Solicitor

Representative Engagements

International Experience

  • Led strategic global projects including global employment contracts and policies, multi-country restructurings and M&A. Additional projects include advising on the creation of European-shared service centres, advising on handling of Acquired Rights Directive/ TUPE and collective redundancy in multiple countries.
  • Compliance and investigations: advised on large-scale investigation for global company with multiple stock exchange listings, achieving no cost removal of UK senior management team. Conducting and advise on cross-border European internal investigations and application of legal advice privilege.
  • Advised on expatriate arrangements and conflicts of laws disputes, including structuring assignments to minimize the risk of the application of local law from outset, minimizing local law issues and costs on termination of assignments within Europe and APAC.
  • Advised on gender pay gap requirements in Europe, and preparation of reports in UK and Germany.
  • Advised on GDPR (data privacy) strategies and notifications for consistency across Europe.

Transactional Experience

  • Drafted and negotiated cross-border sale and purchase agreements, including providing strategic advice to a client considering options as to how to dispose of non-profit making contracts in approximately 10 EMEA and APAC locations, where the priority was to secure the ongoing employment of the employees in the business without cost to the client.
  • Various outsourcings acting for service provider and service recipient, including advising financial services client on outsourcing of roles of c. 1000 of its support functions in the UK and India involving union negotiations and issues of scoping and enhanced TUPE protection.
  • Acting on all aspects of share and asset sales, from negotiating the sale and transitional services agreements to practical advice on information and consultation exercises and post-completion integration.

UK Advisory Experience

  • Advising U.S. start-up on UK employment issues including restrictive covenants and incentive plans, restructurings and exits.
  • Advising financial services client in sex and disability discrimination claim, including threatened injunction proceedings in context of dismissing for redundancy where employee applications for long term disability benefits and ill health early retirement were underway.

Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, "UK Employment Law 2019: What To Watch Out For," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (January 31, 2019)
  • "International Women’s Day Webinar: Pay Equity Around the Globe," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (March 7, 2018)
  • "Global Policies and Practices - Achieving Consistency and Avoiding Legal Risk," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (June 13, 2017)
  • “International Spotlight: UK Employment Law Briefing,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (May 11, 2016)

Publications