Winckworth Sherwood has strengthened its employment and partnership team with the hire of Bettina Bender. Bettina has significant experience in contentious and non-contentious employment law and also specialises in contentious partnership law.
Bettina, who joins from CM Murray, where she was a partner, has worked with a variety of multinational employer clients on risk and strategic HR issues relating to their UK workforce, focusing on conduct and internal investigations, whistleblowing and discrimination issues as well as restructuring and redundancy exercises.
She is also highly regarded for her partnership law advice and has specific expertise providing strategic and commercial advice on partner exits and disputes, including on restrictive covenants, team moves and discrimination issues, with a particular focus on the legal and financial services sectors.
Bettina is fluent in German and acts for many German multi-nationals with UK operations, as well as German senior executives, partners and LLP members.
“Bettina’s considerable experience across both partnership and multi-national environments, coupled with her bi-lingual capabilities, will further strengthen our highly successful and well-established team,” said Jo Keddie, partner and head of the Employment and Partnership team at Winckworth Sherwood. “We are delighted to add a second new partner to our team this year which demonstrates our commitment to our growing client base and the top rate service we provide,”
Roger Fitton, managing partner at Winckworth Sherwood, commented: “We are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality practitioners in our employment and partnership team. We have long regarded Bettina as a leading lawyer in this area and we’re delighted to welcome her to the team.”
Bettina is recommended by Legal 500 2017 for both her Employment and Partnership law expertise and is Band 2 ranked in Chambers 2018 for her Partnership expertise and noted as a “specialist in in contentious partnership matters (who) offers particularly extensive cross-jurisdictional experience, including matters with a European or US component”. She is described as “approachable, highly skilled and completely dependable”.
Bettina is a longstanding Officer of the Diversity and Equality Committee of the International Bar Association and a regular moderator and speaker at their conferences. Bettina is also a member of the Harassment in the Legal Profession Project Working Group of the International Bar Association.