Head of UK Practice and Senior Counsel
Georgina Calvert-Lee leads the firm’s UK employment and equality team.
A barrister with a background in UK and US civil litigation and dispute resolution, over the last nine years Georgina’s practice has focused increasingly on employment and equality law. She advises employees and employers, students and governors, senior executives and partners, in contentious and non-contentious matters. Her work covers most employment issues, from discrimination, bullying and whistle-blowing, to advice on partnerships, executive compensation and statutory duties, as well as TUPE transfers, ‘worker’ status, restrictive covenants and other contractual matters.
Recently, Georgina has become an advocate against the blanket use of confidentiality clauses in sexual harassment settlements and has succeeded in persuading employers to drop these clauses from settlement agreements where the employee felt it amounted to a ‘gag’. You can read more about her view on non-disclosure agreements here.
With experience in various forums – the Employment Tribunal, the CICA, High Court and County Court – Georgina can guide clients through the respective merits of each. She has advanced or settled High Court claims under the Protection from Harassment Act, for breach of confidence and misuse of private information. Meanwhile, her US experience allows Georgina to advise international clients on the comparative merits of bringing a claim in the US or the UK.
Georgina was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1993. She worked for the international law firm of Coudert Brothers before joining Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal in Chicago in 1995, and then McAllister Olivarius in London in 2007.
After receiving her bachelor's degree in Philosophy and French from the University of Oxford and her Diploma in Law from City University, she graduated in the top ten of her bar school class. She has accumulated various awards for performance or publications during her legal career, including the Chicago-Kent College of Law Dean's Evening Merit Scholarship (1996), Chrystal MacMillan Prize (1993), and Harmsworth Scholarship (1992). In 1998 she won the Tara Fellowship for Short Fiction for her short story The History of a Misunderstanding Between Stanley and His Friend, Flora, and of Its Resolution, in Seven Parts.