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Cerys Williams
Partner

D: +44 (0)20 3745 7249
M: +44 (0)7818 766949
E: cerys.williams@gqlittler.com

Cerys is "incredibly commercial, pragmatic, knowledgeable and great fun to work with. She feels like an extension of your team and provides the full range of incredibly helpful advice and insights." (Legal 500, 2021)

Cerys has over 20 years’ experience, including senior roles at leading international firms King & Wood Mallesons and Fasken Martineau, where she was Head of Employment Law. She has been ranked as a leading UK lawyer by the Legal 500 (2021) and clients say Cerys "is fantastic to work with and is everything I look for in an adviser." 

Her sector and international expertise supports GQ|Littler’s strong offering in these sectors and advising international companies on their employment issues across the globe.

Cerys's experience includes:

  • Defending a private equity house against claims asserted by a senior employee for bonus, carried interest and misrepresentation valued by the claimant at over $5m.
  • Advising financial services sector businesses on the employment/regulatory interface, including the application of the FCA and PRA Remuneration Codes, approved person regime/SMCR and regulatory reference obligations.
  • Advising on the employment aspects of a wide variety of high profile M&A deals, carve out deals and spin out transactions as well as investment rounds.
  • Advising a FTSE 250 PLC on the dismissal of board member including entitlements under complex incentive plans, issues under the director’s remuneration rules and notification under the listing rules.
  • Advising technology and life sciences companies on the employment aspects of their growth and funding, alongside the full range of day to day employment advice.
  • Supporting businesses through the COVID crisis with advice on cost cutting, redundancies and insolvency issues as well as complexities arising from the furlough scheme.
  • Advising new market entrants from the US and elsewhere on UK employment set up and the appropriate hiring mechanism.

Cerys is also a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Association of Partnership Practitioners.