Linklaters boosts employment and incentives team with new partner and counsel elections

Linklaters has elected London-based Alex Beidas as partner in the firm’s employment & incentives practice.  In addition, Simon Kerr-Davis and David Speakman, also both based in London, have been appointed as counsel.  The promotions all take effect from 1 May 2015. 

Nicola Rabson, Global Head of Linklaters’ Employment & Incentives practice, said: “Alex, Simon and David are all extremely talented lawyers who have made a significant contribution to our pre-eminent global employment & incentives group, playing key roles on a wide range of mandates and helping reinforce the team’s reputation for strategic advisory work, transactional capability and contentious advice.  Their promotions are very well deserved.” 

Alex Beidas

Alex joined Linklaters in 2006 and is an expert in employee incentives and a market leader in financial services remuneration regulation. In 2014 she was recognised by Financial News as one of ‘40 under 40 rising stars in the legal profession’. She is a frequent speaker and commentator on such issues; has co-chaired the City Remuneration Summit over the last three years and edits Linklaters' Global Remuneration Guide which is a definitive guide to global remuneration rules around the world. She is also a non-executive director of the children’s literacy social enterprise Pop Up Projects CIC. 

Simon Kerr-Davis

Simon joined Linklaters’ employment team in 2000 and spent four years developing a primarily transactional practice before leaving the firm to develop his contentious experience by representing claimants in the employment tribunal; he then returned to Linklaters in 2006 as the employment team PSL before returning to fee earning in 2010.  He has worked on many of the firm’s most challenging transactional matters and his practice covers a wide range of unusual areas of employment law, including advising on insolvency, outsourcing and takeovers as well as M&A work.  He has built a solid stable of advisory clients, and also acts on contentious matters for his advisory clients. His enthusiasm for new and developing areas of employment law has made him a popular choice for speaking at conferences and in the media.  He is a keen champion of diversity issues and is proud to be a member of the firm’s LGBT network. 

David Speakman

David joined Linklaters from Clifford Chance in 2012. His practice covers the full spectrum of employment work, with a particular interest in high value employment litigation. David’s experience crosses a range of sectors, including real estate, media, travel and industrial/manufacturing, but a large proportion of his time is spent on advising financial services clients. He is currently advising on a breach of contract claim in the High Court and on a £15m discrimination claim in the Employment Tribunal and is heavily involved in advising clients in regard to their investigations into alleged inappropriate practices within the foreign exchange markets.

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