Dan Ornstein leads our London Labor and Employment Law Team and is a co-head of our International Labor & Employment Group. Dan is a go-to advisor for clients who rely on his sophisticated advice, especially where the stakes are high. Dan is recognized by numerous legal directories, with Chambers UK, describing him as "incredibly analytical," "incredibly intelligent and an excellent sounding board” and someone who “displays both empathy and an assured knowledge of the best way to treat cases." The most recent Legal 500 UK recognized him as "a favourite for funds and private equity clients" and "an extremely thorough and well-seasoned lawyer, who is hard to beat." He is also included in Who's Who Legal: Management Labour and Employment 2016.
Dan’s expertise covers the full range of UK and International employment issues. His specialism is working closely and collaboratively with clients in delicate and complex situations where he applies his judgment, experience and strategic acumen to deliver optimal results. Dan has significant experience in the following areas:
The employment issues in the asset management industry, such as those relating to carried interest and other complex remuneration arrangements, retention and succession planning and the impact of the fast-changing regulatory regime. He regularly represents private equity, venture and hedge funds in both advisory and litigious matters in relation to the lifecycle of those who work for them, such as the negotiation of complex contracts, performance issues, departures and dispute resolution.
Litigation before the High Court involving team moves, restrictive covenants and misuse of confidential information. Dan has been involved in some of the most high-profile cases in the UK, including UBS v. Vestra and Farr v. Thomas. He also has an in-depth knowledge of Employment Tribunal litigation, where he regularly defends clients facing allegations of discrimination and whistleblowing in complex trials.
Multi-jurisdictional employment matters including multi-jurisdictional workforce reductions, cross-border litigation and international industrial relations issues including those relating to supply chain issues, international trade union campaigns and European Works Councils.
Investigations relating to employee wrongdoing, especially investigations with a regulatory aspect.
In addition, Dan provides practical and solution-focused training and advice on a full range of employment law matters, including diversity, outsourcing, TUPE, social media use, employee investigations and the handling of disciplinary and grievance matters. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences and has published numerous articles.